Also at the end of Chapter 3 there is a significant connection between Simon and Jesus. The littluns are hungry, so he takes them into the forest.
"Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands. When he had satisfied them he paused and looked around. The littluns watched him inscrutably over double handfuls of ripe fruit."
This is like Jesus' feeding of the thousands--right out of the Bible. He finds the best or "choicest" fruit and makes sure all of the children have what they need (or actually more than they need).