When Simon leaves his home in the old country, his mother reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah during his sea voyage: "Who knows? You may need a miracle on your long journey." Turns out Simon does need a miracle — several, in fact. Who would have thought the huge ship would sink? He didn't expect to be stranded on an iceberg. And it certainly never occurred to him that he would come face to face with a polar bear! By demonstrating the kind of courage, faith, and selflessness that led the Maccabees to victory so long ago, Simon learns a thing or two about miracles in this wondrous story. A retelling of the ancient Hanukkah story is included on the last page.