The Mystery Bear (Hardcover)

A Purim Story

By Naomi Howland (Illustrator), Leone Adelson

Clarion Books, 9780618337255, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 18, 2004

List Price: 15.00*
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When Little Bear wakes up from hibernation and goes off in search of something to eat, the smells of a delicious feast draw him to a nearby house. The people inside are having a wonderful time and are delighted to welcome the stranger in a bear costume—after all, it’s Purim, when lots of people dress up! Little Itzik suspects that the stranger might actually be a real bear, but everyone else is having too much fun to pay attention to his warnings. The comical story and Naomi Howland’s bright, jolly illustrations capture the noisy and cheerful spirit of a favorite holiday, which falls on March 25 in 2005. Includes an Author’s Note about the celebration of Purim.

About the Author

Naomi Howland is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including The Matzah Man: A Passover Story and Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story. She lives in Claremont, California.

Praise For The Mystery Bear: A Purim Story

"festive...universal family holiday will relish the confusion of the make-believe and the real" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"Perfectly capture(s) the flavor of the Jewish festivities that signal the end of winter...Children will appreciate the fun" SLJ School Library Journal