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Clay Man

The Golem of Prague

retold by Irene N.Watts
illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker

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jewish, medieval
list price: $21.99
edition:Hardcover
published: 2009
ISBN:9780887768804
publisher: Tundra
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Clay Man: The Golem of Prague

The rabbi’s son, Jacob, is frustrated with having to live in the walled ghetto known as Jewish Town. His father warns him that Passover is a dangerous time to be a Jew. One night Jacob follows his father and two companions outside the ghetto gates to the river where they mold a human shape from the clay of the riverbank. Through the rabbi’s words and rituals, The Golem of Prague is born.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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It is 1595, and the rabbi’s son Jacob is frustrated with having to live in the walled ghetto known as Jewish Town. Why can’t he venture outside of the gates and explore the beautiful city? His father warns him that Passover is a dangerous time to be a Jew and that the people from outside accuse the Jews of dreadful deeds. But one night, Jacob follows his father and two companions as they unlock the ghetto gates and proceed to the river, where they mold a human shape from the mud of the riverbank. When the rabbi speaks strange words, the shape is infused with life and the Golem of Prague is born.

In this breathtaking retelling of a timeless tale, Irene N. Watts’s beautiful words are complemented by the haunting black-and-white images of artist Kathryn E. Shoemaker.

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Contributor notes

German-born Irene N. Watts is a writer and playwright who has worked throughout Europe and Canada. Her play, “Lillie,” based on her novel Flower, won first prize in UNESCO’s Biennial Playwriting Award. Her novels Good-bye Marianne, Finding Sophie, and Remember Me, have had international acclaim. She makes her home by the sea in Vancouver.

Kathryn E. Shoemaker has illustrated over thirty children’s books and has written four books for teachers. Her work ranges from books, filmstrips, and greeting cards, to posters, calendars, and illustrations and articles for magazines. She is currently working on her doctorate degree. Kathryn Shoemaker lives in Vancouver.

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Editorial Review

Praise for Good-Bye Marianne: The Graphic Novel:
“Shoemaker’s style is gentle, quiet, shaded, and soft-edged. She filters the horrors, thus allowing some access to this world to quite young readers…. The particular appeal of Marianne’s story is that the ordinary woes of childhood — loneliness, boredom, betrayal by a friend — are in the foreground. In its graphic novel incarnation, the story retains this familiarity and welcomes a new crop of readers.”
— Quill & Quire

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