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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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Mirka has a dream, but it's not the kind of thing that gets a lot of support. More than anything else in the entire world she wants to fight dragons. The problem?Read more ›
Hereville is subtitled “Yet Another Troll-Fighting 11-Year-Old Orthodox Jewish Girl”, and this pretty much sums up the book. Mirka lives with her father and stepmother and blended siblings. Mirka lives in a Jewish enclave, and she is so sheltered from the world that she doesn’t recognize a pig when she sees one. The pig has been following Mirka because Mirka stole from the pig’s garden. The pig does whatever it can to make Mirka’s life miserable, like stealing her homework! But when Mirka intervenes and rescues the pig from boys who are tormenting it, the witch who owns the pig offers a reward: there is a sword in Hereville, but Mirka must defeat the troll who guards the sword. Does Mirka have what it takes to fight a troll?
Deutsch uses a lot of Yiddish expressions, but he always provides a translation. I think that familiarity with the Orthodox culture helps understand the book, but it’s not mandatory. The book provides a fairly accurate portrayal of Orthodox Jewish life- except for the talking pig, etc. Readers will learn a lot about customs and traditions, and how they fit into Mirka’s personality.
Hereville is a very clever book. In the first two pages, Mirka doesn’t want to do knitting, and debates with her stepmother about free will and preordination. This intellectual trend continues throughout the book.Read more ›
When I first heard about Hereville on the internet I was intrigued. The art was impressive, and I was attracted to the book's themes. I've read many graphic novels with Jewish themes, but few about the lives of religious Jewish children. Moreover, the comic strips I've read about Orthodox or Hassidic children centered on boys.
I put the book on my Wish List and I was delighted to receive it as a present. I read it in one sitting. Deutsch's storytelling is engaging and he weaves in the strands of Mirka's tale like a master knitter into a superb creation.
I'm familiar with many children's books as I work in a library and visit the children's section to check out titles that look striking. I'm sure children would love How Mirka Got her Sword. It's wonderful to see a spunky heroine follow her self-confidence and her instincts, not allowing others to discourage either her imagination or her ambitions. I also loved how throughout the book Judaism is not portrayed as something negative or confining, but rather enriching and ennobling. When I was a girl I looked forward to the magazines we were given in Hebrew school which included comics and stories. Alas most were aimed at boys: the ones that addressed girls debated such issues as whether or not a girl could say a blessing over the food on the Sabbath. I would have loved to read Mirka when I was a girl: it's a pleasure to see a girl confront demons -- dragons and trolls and her own personal inner ones -- without agonizing over whether it's appropriate for her gender.Read more ›
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Probably the most noticeably unique aspect of this series is that it's set within an orthodox Jewish culture. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Tanner
My 7 yr old daughter really enjoyed this book; she couldn't put it down. She does not typically read graphic novels, but the story drew her in.Published 4 months ago by rcha
I loved the animation. It was a great story that was easy to follow. I loved how the Jewish orthodox culture was present but didn't hinder the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bethany87
I *LOVE* the Hereville books. The detail in the illustrations, the style of illustration, is very appealing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Aviva Sofer
My grandchildren loved this book. Bought for my granddaughter aged 12. She called to tell me the whole plot and she was so enthusiastic about it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by estfiles
I was going to order this last spring to review it as a possible read for our sixth grade graphic novel book club. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Loshman
happy to have found this, not easy seems! wonderful design and good story, our daughter wants the next one now! got here very quickly!Published 11 months ago by jraff
My daughter loves this book! We are Seventh Day Adventist (we worship on Sabbath) and this book was empowering to her because it touches on girl empowerment and on the Sabbath... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sabdra
In Hereville, Barry Deutsch has created a totally fun comic featuring “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Molly (Conan the Librarian)