MENDEL'S ACCORDIAN

MENDEL'S ACCORDIAN

9781580132145
$7.95

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. New York is crowded, and the language is different, but Mendel works hard, marries, and grows elderly, surrounded by a happy extended family full of music lovers. Mendel's great-grandson, Samuel, finds Mendel's old, dusty accordion in the attic, gets it repaired, learns to play it, and joins a band. A new generation of klezmorim emerges. 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.