Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Shmelf is one of Santa s most important elves He s part of the List Checking department and he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents But when Shmelf finds out that some children a

  • Title: Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
  • Author: Greg Wolfe Howard McWilliam
  • ISBN: 9781619635210
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shmelf is one of Santa s most important elves He s part of the List Checking department, and he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents But when Shmelf finds out that some children are missing from Santa s list, he goes to investigate.What Shmelf uncovers is Hanukkah, a wondrous and joyful holiday that Jewish families celebrate each year As Shmelf obseShmelf is one of Santa s most important elves He s part of the List Checking department, and he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents But when Shmelf finds out that some children are missing from Santa s list, he goes to investigate.What Shmelf uncovers is Hanukkah, a wondrous and joyful holiday that Jewish families celebrate each year As Shmelf observes a family lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and hearing the Hanukkah story, he sees how special the traditions of the holiday truly are and he wants to be a part of it Luckily, Santa just might have a special role in mind for Shmelf.The rich traditions of Hanukkah come to life in this whimsical and magical story that s perfect for the holiday season.Awards for I Need My Monster Alabama Camellia Award 2010 2011 Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award 2011 California Young Readers Medal 2011 12 Georgia Picture Storybook Award 2011 12 Nevada Young Reader Award 2011 12 Virginia Reader s Choice Primary Award 2012 13

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    1. I CAN'T EVEN GIVE THIS BOOK 1 STAR! In my 19 years as a librarian, reading and reviewing children's books, Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf might be the most insensitive, inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive picture book I've ever seen. Here are my specific objections to this book:1. The Jewish family is depicted as enjoying a lovely Hanukkah celebration - everyone is happy, there are plenty of presents, latkes, dreidels and gelt, and the menorah is burning brightly. But, Shmelf and Santa still fee [...]

    2. As an adult I can find Christmas/Hanukkah mashups like this amusing. I think this story would make a great SNL sketch, along the lines of Hanukkah Harry. But that's because I have the background knowledge to understand why combining these holidays is silly. The target audience for this book does not have that understanding.Some suggest that because it's a lighthearted children's book that the message doesn't matter. I believe the message matters much more in a children's book, and this book's me [...]

    3. In looking through the GR reviews, I was surprised so many people found only the negative in this book. Personally, I thought Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf addressed a real concern: Does Santa ignore Jewish children, good or bad? I love that the Jewish families were depicted as happy before Shmelf came into their lives, but that the elf's presence brought even more joy. The most important part was that yes, Santa sees all children. That's why the author wrote this, and I feel it truly succeeded in bri [...]

    4. What a fun book! Shelf the Hanukkah Elf made me laugh out loud several times with its clever word play, and I always love a good rhyme. The illustrations are both humorous and beautiful. I especially like the simple but clear explanation of why Hanukkah is celebrated. A great addition to my holiday book collection!

    5. As a Jew, I am sensitive about holiday books. There are several themes common in holiday books that I find make me feel very much an outsider. They include:- books about the magic of Christmas . nothing to make you feel lower than vaunting a holiday you don't or can't participate in- books that attempt to showcase Christmas "and the other holidays too" understanding is that Christmas has central religious and spiritual significance in most Christians' lives, whereas Hanukkah might not break the [...]

    6. This was a great tool to explain to my 5 and three-year-old what Hanukkah was. It was their first introduction into religion. This book was an amazing teaching tool and I would recommend it to anyone. Cute, simple great illustrations, and just really well thought out.

    7. Such a fun book!! Illustrations are great, storyline is precious, and would expose unfamiliar students to Hanukkah!

    8. I loved this book! I've never really thought about what it must be like for Jewish children each Christmas season to listen to stories about Santa coming to leave presents for their friends but then Santa doesn't come to visit their house so I really loved this story! A cute and sweet idea with such wonderful illustrations!

    9. Nothing wrong with kids who celebrate Christmas learning about Hanukkah or Jewish kids learning about Christmas. Or even celebrating both. But attempting to combine them is stupid. Sorry, but I thought the book was dippy.

    10. Tonight of the first night of Chanukah, we met Shmelf the Chanukah elf! Cute story, though I highly doubt Christmas and Chanukah are connected this much!

    11. I thought this was a clever way to bring to the conversation with our students that there are other holidays besides Christmas that their friends might celebrate.

    12. Funny Light and fun, this takes Winter Holiday myth-making to a new level. And it's a nice introduction to this Jewish Holiday for kids who aren't Jewish (and live in areas with no Jewish classmates). Extra points for the very diverse group of elves.

    13. So the author here presupposes that children who celebrate Hanukkah somehow yearn to enjoy it on the same level that children who celebrate Christmas do, so much so he invents Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf. I can see where this would offend people because it is offensive, Christmas and Hanukkah are two separate holidays that happen around the same time. What the mass commercialization of the Christmas season has done is try to make it seem like these two holidays are simpatico and Shmelf the Elf is th [...]

    14. Saw the blurb for this book months ago and it just came. We loved it! Shmelf is special because it celebrates, respects and honors the traditions of Hanukkah while ALSO acknowledging that Santa exists, culturally at least, for Jewish kids -- especially in the USA. News flash: Jewish kids believe in Santa! I know my daughter does! Shmelf is (I think) the first book that tells Jewish kids that Santa (and his elves) know who they are and care about them -- even if they're not getting a delivery on [...]

    15. We celebrate Christmas, but my six year old wanted to learn about Hannukah, so I picked up all the books I could get my hands on. As I read it to her the other night I grew more uneasy and then downright angry.The overall message to children is that Hannukah isn't good enough, that Santa needs to step in and have an elf liven up the holiday. It is patronizing and condescending. Even my six year old knew that this book was garbage. Asking questions about why Hannukah needed Santa's help. It doesn [...]

    16. Not sure if it's fair for me to assign stars, as I am not Jewish, so I'm not sure if this will come across as accurate, offensive, etc. Reading reviews, I see some readers feel strongly against it, while others seem to really support it. All I know is I do have friends (children and adults) who celebrate Hanukkah but mention Christmas trees, Santa, and how at some point they wished they could feel part of that mainstream draw. This seems like it could be a bridge for children who feel similarly [...]

    17. This is such a great book to introduce non-Jewish kids to Hanukkah! It's light, cute, and shows that more than one winter holiday has value and meaning. This could be a great springboard to get kids interested in multiculturalism. Jewish children will probably be very familiar with what this book teaches about Hanukkah, but the message that their holiday is not forgotten this time of year will be appreciated (for parents as well as kids!).

    18. We LOVE Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf. We will be addressing letters to him at the North Pole, care of the big guy in red of course. But YAY for finding a way to include Hanukkah in the secular story of Christmas and connecting Jewish kids in the fun fairy-tale-world of Santa and his elves. Thank you! Thank you! And the illustrations are wonderful!

    19. Yes! Fun book mixing a little bit of Santa Claus with some Hanukkah! A little confusing since I believe Santa Claus is a symbol of Christ (giving, loves us, wants us to be good) so having Asher (the Jewish Reindeer) and Smelf the Elf who work for Santa, but makes sure Jewish Kids get their 8 nights of gifts is an interesting twist. Not sure I am sold on it, but still a fun Holiday book! :-)

    20. Shmelf the Elf learns about good boys and girls who don't get a visit from Santa. He investigates further and finds out about their Jewish traditions. Santa loves his Jewish friends and makes Shmelf a special Hanukkah elf.

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