A full-of-fun story celebrating the joy of music, particularly klezmer music. Set in Eastern Europe, the traveling musicians are always ready to travel to far-away places, to perform at weddings and bar mitzvahs. Their instruments are at the ready, and are packed in an old baby carriage, for the sake of being able to rapidly transport them. In this tale, the carriage is somewhat mischievous and decides to take off by itself and roll from village to village independently, being chased by the musicians till they all reach their destination. There is a lot of Jewish content and terminology. The story is preceded with an introduction about the meaning of klezmer and is followed with an Author’s Note and glossary of terms. The illustrations, created by a talented illustrator, have depth and detail and successfully exemplify the humor inherent in the story. For ages 4 – 8.
Shelly Feit has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Specialist’s Certificate in information science. She is the library director and media specialist at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ.