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Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale

Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Published by Disney-Hyperion
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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Target Age
40
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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.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl
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5.5

This was a great story about miracles, selflessness, Hanukkah and friendship. The illustrations were beautiful too!

B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt
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4.5

A great story about a brave boy and the miracles of Hanukkah. The story shares the message that you just need to believe and has cute illustrations!

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Who Wrote Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale

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Who Illustrated Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale

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Matthew Trueman

Matthew Trueman is the illustrator of several books for children, including Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London and One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky. He lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
1423143558
ISBN 13:
9781423143550
Publication Date:
September 2, 2014