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Simon and the Bear

Simon and the Bear

A Hanukkah Tale

Enjoy a Hanukkah tale full of wonder and miracles from the author of the classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.

Before Simon sails to America, he promises his family that he will get a job and send for them. Simon’s mother knows he will need a miracle, so she reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah wherever he may be. Little does either of them know that Simon will spend the first night of Hanukkah on an ice floe after his ship sinks.The lone survivor out in the wide ocean, Simon lights the first candle, and it attracts a visitor: a polar bear.

Does she eat him? No! She shares his latkes, enjoys his songs, goes fishing for him, and even keeps him warm at night. By the last day of Hanukkah, Simon has nearly given up hope of ever being rescued. But then he recounts all of the miracles that have befallen him so far. Perhaps it is not too much to hope for one more, he thinks, as he lights all of the candles in the menorah. The bright glow signals a passing ship, and Simon makes it to New York after all. This fanciful Hanukkah tale — like none you’ve ever read before — celebrates eight miracles: family, friendship, hope, selflessness, sharing, faith, courage, and love.

From the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins comes a gorgeously illustrated fantasy Hanukkah tale full of miracles, from sharing latkes with a polar bear to surviving a Titanic-like sinking. The story behind the ancient holiday is included at the end.

Praise for Simon and the Bear:

“Old World storytelling in a sparkling, novel setting-a delight.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Engaging and visually arresting,” — Publishers Weekly

“A lot of fun” — New York Times Book Review

A Sydney Taylor Honor Book
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Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Hanukkah

On Sale: August 4th 2016

Price: $7.99 / $9.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 40

ISBN-13: 9781368004404

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Praise

"...engaging and visually arresting."—Publishers Weekly
"A lot of fun."—New York Times Book Review
"Engaging and visually arresting."—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS

1990 Caldecott Honor Book
1989 National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book
1990 National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book
1992 Colorado Children's Book Award
1992 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
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PRAISE FOR HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS

"[Hershel] successfully uses his wits to oust the eight creatures haunting the old synagogue and who are preventing the villagers from celebrating Hanukkah. Kimmel provides a humorous, entertaining and just slightly scary story for all young readers."—-Children's Literature
PRAISE FOR THE GOLEM'S LATKES

"Kimmel s storytelling is effective in its use of suspense, humor, trope and repetition, making a fine read-aloud holiday treat."—--Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR ZIGAZAK! A MAGICAL HANUKKAH NIGHT

"In the most imaginative Hanukkah book this season, Kimmel (Gershon's Monster) peoples an old-world town with mischievous demons, easily alarmed villagers and a wise and crafty rabbi. The brio of the storytelling doesn't shy from a moral: 'Sparks of goodness exist in all things, even in devils' tricks.'"—--Publishers Weekly
A SYDNEY TAYLOR HONOR BOOK

*"Old World storytelling in a sparkling, novel setting--a delight."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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