Golemito by Ilan Stavans

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This competent picture book addresses the problem of bullying and offers an original, if not completely successful, blend of Jewish and Aztec culture and folklore.
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Originally published in the children s magazine Cricket, Golemito is the story of how a couple of Jewish boys in Mexico City confront bullying by creating a Golem, the mythical creature of Jewish folklore. The Golem was originally made by Rabbi Lowe, known as the Maharal of Prague, in the 16th century to defend the city s Jewish community from anti-Semitic attacks. In Golemito, Sammy Nurko and the story s narrator conjure an Aztec version of the Golem that is minute in size and responds to enchanting Nahuitl poetry.

Written by internationally renowned, prize-winning author Ilan Stavans and illustrated by Teresa Villegas, Golemito is both an endearing tale of courage and redemption and an enthralling fusion of the Jewish and Latino traditions.

 

About Ilan Stavans

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Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", & "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" & a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee & the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College. Teresa Villegas is a visual artist whose works have exhibited and toured in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Mexico. Her work has been commissioned by the state of Arizona for public art. Her award winning graphic designs and illustrations have been published widely in editorial magazines, newspapers, art books, trade books, and children's books.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by NewSouth Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 22 2013

This competent picture book addresses the problem of bullying and offers an original, if not completely successful, blend of Jewish and Aztec culture and folklore.

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