The Klezmer Bunch

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By – January 9, 2012
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.

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