New readers will delight as they join Hershel on his journey to return the celebration of Hanukkah to a small village. Hershel must confront a band of goblins who have taken over the village synagogue and have made it impossible for the villagers to celebrate Hanukkah. We love the vividly illustrated goblins that Hershel defeats with a series of clever tricks; these stunning illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman won the book a 1990 Caldecott Honor. The story gently echoes the experience of many who fought to practice their Jewish faith in places where it was forbidden. Hershel’s courage in the face of danger inspires us all to stand up for what we believe in.
December 2, 2020