Parents' Guide to

Simon and the Bear

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Polar bear, faith save boy in sweet Hanukkah miracle tale.

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SIMON AND THE BEAR, beautifully illustrated by Matthew Truman with collage and acrylics in wintry blue shades, is an engaging survival story that keeps the emphasis on praying for a miracle. "A miracle may happen for me," says Simon, "just as one happened for the Maccabees long ago." Simon counts seven miracles before his rescue becomes the eighth -- echoing the eight nights of Hanukkah.

The protagonist is so sweet and appealing, readers will just go with his great reversal of fortune once he lands in New York. Why not have the plot resolution be miraculous?

Book Details

  • Author: Eric A. Kimmel
  • Illustrator: Matthew Trueman
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: September 2, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 5
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Hardback
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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