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Mendel's Accordion (Kar-Ben Favorites)


Mendel's Accordion (Kar-Ben Favorites)
By Heidi Smith Hyde

Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Number Of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2007-02-10
Sales Rank: 701791
ISBN / ASIN: 1580132146
EAN: 9781580132145
Binding: Paperback
Manufacturer: Kar-Ben Publishing
Studio: Kar-Ben Publishing

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2This gentle, picture-book history of klezmer music may have difficulty finding an audience. Mendel plays the accordion and forms a traveling band, but when life gets difficult in the old country, he leaves for America. On the way, he meets other musicians and starts a new group. In New York, he marries
and has children and grandchildren, who love different kinds of music. Finally, his great-grandson finds the old instrument in the attic and has it fixed, and a new generation of klezmorim emerges. The text is unremarkable and lacks transitions in places; but the simple language is accessible and makes the complex story of
immigration comprehensible for a young audience. The attractive folksy watercolor illustrations move the story along effectively and capture life in the various settings. The characters are representative of Jewish culture without being caricatures; the joy of music is clear on their faces. An endnote discusses immigration, klezmer music and its resurgence, and the history of the accordion. Libraries that serve large Jewish populations may
find this specialized piece of historical fiction useful; however, it is an additional purchase for most collections.

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