Golem: A Giant Made of Mud by Mark Podwal. 1995 first edition.


Written and illustrated by Mark Podwal. First edition, 1995. Greenwillow Books. New York.

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"In Prague a long, long time ago, there lived an emperor who believed in alchemy and magic, and a rabbi who, it was said, could perform miracles.

"The emperor invited the rabbi to the palace to show him his collection of unusual objects. Among them was a strange silver measuring spoon engraved with Hebrew letters. The rabbi remembered reading in The Book of Creation how such a spoon had once been used to create a golem, a figure made out of mud and then brought to life.

"When the rabbi was about to depart, the emperor presented him with a gift. It was the mysterious silver spoon. But neither could foresee how the rabbi would us it one day."

Mark Podwal (1945 - ) is known for his drawings on The New York Times Op-Ed page and numerous books on Jewish tradition, history, and legend. Podwal originally trained as a physician, a career that provided a unique lens through which he views the world. He's received numerous awards, including the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by France's Ministry of Culture. Among has many interests and endeavors, Podwal has collaborated with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and founded the Jerusalem Sky Project to encourage tolerance and understanding among children of different faiths.

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Condition: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; small white scuff on the back. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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