Golem By David Wisniewski

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The story of the Golem is a story of desperation, prejudice, violence, and self-defense, and it can be scary for kids, so this isn't one to leave lying around the house without a proper introduction. But the Golem is also an amazing metaphor for the Jewish experience, and for human nature and history more generally. Set in medieval Prague, it tells of how a rabbi, at his wits' end, conjures up a monster from clay to defend his people in a time of great terror. And of how the monster gets out of hand. Wisniewski's woodcuts won him the Caldecott for this book, and they're truly a work of art.

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Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is most recently the author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (a picture book) and Penny Dreadful (a middle grade novel). She lives in Atlanta and online at www.laurelsnyder.com