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on December 10, 2012
In this book, Eric Kimmel combines the legend of the golem, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Hannukah. Doesn't sound like it all should fit, but it does, and it should be a fun story, particularly for young readers.
Rabbi Judah of Prague's got a lot to do before Hanukkah, and it's up to his new housemaid, Basha, to get the house ready for a party he's going to throw that night. She cajoles him into letting him get the golem to help. The golem, for those who don't know, was fashioned by Rabbi Judah to serve as the protector of the Jews of Prague. He's basically an automaton who will do whatever you ask, and keep doing it. In this case, Basha gets into trouble by asking him to make latkes then kipping off to her friend's house for a while. As you can imagine, the golem keeps making latkes until they overflow the house and begin to flood Prague. In the end, Basha proposes a solution to the problem, one that shouldn't be too surprising to adults but that kids might find quite a twist.
It's a well-told story, and the real star is the artwork. The golem looks simultaneously affable, hulking, and vaguely threatening, and 16th century Prague seems to come to life. There are plenty of chances for you to stop the story and spend time with your little one picking out little details in the art.
All in all, it's a nice little bedtime story for the season.