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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
25th Anniversary Edition
by Eric A. Kimmel
Trina Schart Hyman, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823431649 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Myths, Legends & Folklore, Hanukkah, Judaica, Classics, Humor
Recommendations: A, BL, C, H, K*, NC, PW, R, SLJ, WC

CCSS Codes:
SL.3.1-4, 6
W.3.2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10
RF.3.3, 4
RL.3.1-5, 7, 10

About the Book
The 25th anniversary edition of this beloved Caldecott Honor-winning classic includes insightful notes from author Eric A. Kimmel and Holiday House publisher John Briggs, who recall both the story and its renowned illustrator, Trina Schart Hyman, with joy and fondness.

On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches the next village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives, not a single candle is lit. The villagers are being tormented by a band of goblins who hate Hanukkah. Brave Hershel leaps to the villagers' rescue. For seven nights he fools and ousts one dim-witted goblin after another. But on the eighth night, a truly awful goblin arrives to put an end to Hershel. What will it take for a lone man to stand up to such a monster, save Hanukkah, and live to tell the tale?

REVIEWS, AWARDS, AND HONORS for the original edition

★"In this splendidly illustrated, humorous tale, Hershel outwits, one by one, eight fearsome goblins who not only haunt an old synagogue, but also have been forestalling Hanukkah in a nearby village. . . . Rarely are author and illustrator so in tune."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This book is welcome both as a Hanukkah story and as a trickster tale.—The Horn Book

Caldecott Honor Book

ALA Notable Children’s Book

NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts

NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Colorado Children’s Book Award

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why is Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins considered a "trickster tale"? Use evidence from the story. RL.3-4.1, 2, 3
2. Analyze the impact of specific word choices/phrases including figurative language on the meaning and tone of the story. Ex) "Later. There's plenty of time." RL.3-4.4 / L.3-4.5
3. Explain how the main character's actions contribute to the sequence of events. RL.3-4.1, 3 / W.3-4.3, 9
4. What words would you use to describe Hershel (brave, determined)? Write a friendly letter to Hershel from the point of view of a villager telling him how you feel about what he did for you. Use evidence from the text. RL.3-4.1 / W.3-4.4.9

Activity Sheets

Celebrate the 25th Anniversay of HERSHEL AND THE HANNUKKAH GOBLINS with these three fun activity sheets.