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Clay Man: The Golem of Prague

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Review:

"Folktale, historically rooted horror story, redemption parable, and the inspiration for Superman and other classic comic book superheroes: the centuries-old Jewish narrative of the golem has something for everyone. But readers would never guess it from Watts's (Good-bye Marianne) somber retelling. Her narrator is Jacob, the young, underachieving son of Rabbi Judah Loew, the spiritual leader of the 16th-century Prague ghetto. Jacob spies on his father as the rabbi turns red clay into a ponderous, mute giant, then tags along as the golem protects the community from anti-Semitic violence. The central incident rises out of the 'Blood Lie,' in which Jews were accused of making Passover matzo from the blood of Christian children. By all rights, this should be a page-turner — it even has moments of comedy, mostly rooted in the premise that the golem will take orders from anyone, but can only be stopped by its master. But the passive, peripheral, and somewhat whiny Jacob never coalesces into an intriguing narrator or reader surrogate. Shoemaker's charcoal sketches, scattered throughout, are technically handsome, but do little to evoke a sense of the perilous times. Ages 9 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Secretly following his rabbi father outside the walled Jewish ghetto in 1595 Prague, Jacob watches him bring a golem to life to protect those living in the ghetto.

About the Author

German-born Irene N. Watts is a writer and playwright who has worked throughout Europe and Canada. Her play, “Lillie,” based on her novel Flower, won first prize in UNESCOs Biennial Playwriting Award. Her novels Good-bye Marianne, Finding Sophie, and Remember Me, have had international acclaim. She makes her home by the sea in Vancouver.

Kathryn E. Shoemaker has illustrated over thirty childrens books and has written four books for teachers. Her work ranges from books, filmstrips, and greeting cards, to posters, calendars, and illustrations and articles for magazines. She is currently working on her doctorate degree. Kathryn Shoemaker lives in Vancouver.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780887768804
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Retold by:
Watts, Irene N.
Retold:
Watts, Irene N.
Illustrator:
Shoemaker, Kathryn E.
Author:
Watts, Irene N.
Author:
Shoemaker, Kathryn E.
Author:
A retelling by Irene N. Watts
Author:
Irene N.Watts
Author:
illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Religious - Jewish
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.50x5.70x.50 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

Related Subjects

Children's » Fables
Children's » General
Children's » Historical Fiction » Medieval

Clay Man: The Golem of Prague
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Product details 96 pages Tundra Books (NY) - English 9780887768804 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Folktale, historically rooted horror story, redemption parable, and the inspiration for Superman and other classic comic book superheroes: the centuries-old Jewish narrative of the golem has something for everyone. But readers would never guess it from Watts's (Good-bye Marianne) somber retelling. Her narrator is Jacob, the young, underachieving son of Rabbi Judah Loew, the spiritual leader of the 16th-century Prague ghetto. Jacob spies on his father as the rabbi turns red clay into a ponderous, mute giant, then tags along as the golem protects the community from anti-Semitic violence. The central incident rises out of the 'Blood Lie,' in which Jews were accused of making Passover matzo from the blood of Christian children. By all rights, this should be a page-turner — it even has moments of comedy, mostly rooted in the premise that the golem will take orders from anyone, but can only be stopped by its master. But the passive, peripheral, and somewhat whiny Jacob never coalesces into an intriguing narrator or reader surrogate. Shoemaker's charcoal sketches, scattered throughout, are technically handsome, but do little to evoke a sense of the perilous times. Ages 9 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Secretly following his rabbi father outside the walled Jewish ghetto in 1595 Prague, Jacob watches him bring a golem to life to protect those living in the ghetto.
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