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Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale

by Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by Matthew Trueman

Published by Disney / Hyperion, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒231-43550

Ages 4-8

Stranded on an iceberg after the boat on which he is traveling to America sinks, Simon unpacks the menorah in his knapsack. It抯 the first night of Hanukkah and he knows he will need a miracle, just like the Maccabees long ago, if he is to survive. And the miracles come, one by one. At first frightened when a polar bear joins him on the iceberg, Simon ends up owing his life to the bear, who shares warmth for seven nights and fish for seven days before Simon is finally rescued. Eric Kimmel抯 original, satisfying tale is richly spun, and warmly illustrated by Matthew Trueman. Miracles 揷an happen to anyone, anywhere, even in the darkest of times, Simon concludes. 揧ou just have to believe.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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