Illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Cover design or artwork by Matthew Trueman
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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.
From the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins comes a gorgeously illustrated fantasy Hanukkah tale full of miracles, from sharing latkes with a polar bear to surviving a Titanic-like sinking. The story behind the ancient holiday is included at the end.
"...engaging and visually arresting."Publishers Weekly
"A lot of fun."New York Times Book Review
"Engaging and visually arresting."Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS
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
PRAISE FOR HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS-Children's Literature
"[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."
PRAISE FOR THE GOLEM'S LATKES--Kirkus Reviews
"Kimmel s storytelling is effective in its use of suspense, humor, trope and repetition, making a fine read-aloud holiday treat."
PRAISE FOR ZIGAZAK! A MAGICAL HANUKKAH NIGHT--Publishers Weekly
"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.'"
A SYDNEY TAYLOR HONOR BOOKKirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Old World storytelling in a sparkling, novel setting--a delight."
- On Sale
- Aug 4, 2016
- Page Count
- 40 pages
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers