Simon and the Bear

A Hanukkah Tale

By Eric A. Kimmel; Matthew Trueman (Illustrator)
(Disney Press, Hardcover, 9781423143550, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

List Price: $16.99*
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Description
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 Book1989 National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book1990 National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book1992 Colorado Children's Book Award1992 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award.



About the Author
Eric A. Kimmel, the author of more than thirty-five award-winning books for children, is professor emeritus of education at Portland State University in Oregon. He spends several months each year traveling throughout the United States, sharing his books and stories with audiences of children and adults. Mr. Kimmel and his wife make their home in Portland, Oregon.

Tony Gemignani is a world-renowned pizza tosser. His team has won the world pizza-tossing championship in Italy eight times. He and his brother own Pyzano's Pizzeria in Northern California. He is the co-author of Chronicle's Pizza cookbook.
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