Simon and the Bear

Simon and the Bear

A Hanukkah Tale

Book - 2014
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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. A retelling of the ancient Hanukkah story is included on the last page.
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

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

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

Baker & Taylor
When his ship bound for America sinks and strands him on an ice floe, young Simon lights the first candle of Hanukkah and is joined by a friendly bear who keeps him warm throughout an eight-night vigil. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. 25,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Stranded on an iceberg on his way to America, Simon remembers his mother's parting words and lights the first candle on his menorah while praying for a miracle, which soon arrives in the form of a friendly polar bear.

Publisher: New York : Disney / Hyperion Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423143550
Branch Call Number: E KIMME
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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This is a cute tale about a young boy stranded on an iceberg, whose Hanukkah wish is answered when a polar bear arrives to provide company. Suitable for children to read with adults!

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Dec 09, 2014

Magical story! Great holiday book, for anyone. Happy ending too. Wonderful pictures.


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