When Ziske's klezmer band is invited to play at a wedding in Pinsk, they arrive to discover many of the people in the town very sick. But tradition says that if two orphans get married in a cemetery a miracle may happen, so Ziske sets his mind to finding the perfect couple.
About the Author
Yale Strom is a violinist, composer, film maker, writer, photographer, and playwright—as well as a leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music. In addition to composing, studying, and playing klezmer music, he writes Jewish stories with klezmer themes. He is an artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. He lives in San Diego.
Jenya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and lived most of her childhood and teen years in Kishinev, Moldavia (former U.S.S.R.).
At age seven Jenya entered the Children's Art Study Group. Three years later she was admitted to Schusev Children's Art School where she concentrated on fine arts. After graduating from Schusev Children's Art School and high school, she continued her art education at Repin College of Arts in Kishinev where she studied fine arts, illustration and graphic design. After coming to the U.S., she received a certificate in Computer Graphics from the School of Communication Arts in Minneapolis, a certificate in Web Design from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota.
For over 10 years Jenya has worked as an interactive/graphic designer and children's book illustrator. She is the artistic creator of the Words Are CATegorical series for Lerner Publishing Group of Minneapolis. The series' name took after the cat characters Jenya had introduced to the books. She is the illustrator of the first three titles in the series that continue to stay on Lerner Publishing Group's best seller list since 1999 and can be found in book stores around the world.
The titles are: A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?, Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb?. Her recent work includes The Wedding That Saved a Town for Kar-Ben Publishing of Minneapolis. Jenya resides in Boston with her husband, Olivier, two daughters, Eugénie and Alexandra, and two cats, Ferruccio and Marcello.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
According to tradition, a wedding between two orphans in a cemetery can cause a miracle to happen. The cholera-filled town of Pinsk is in need of such a miracle, so they've got a dress, a cake, and a wedding dinner prepared for the orphan bride . . . but it's up to Yiske, the klezmer, to find a suitable groom! A cute story with beautiful illustrations.
Yiske and his Klezmer Band are invited by Rabbi Yamford to play at a wedding in the town of Pinske. After they arrive, the Band rests while Yiske goes to talk to the Rabbi. He finds out that the town is in the midst of a cholera epidemic. The Rabbi is planning a Shvartze Chaseneh or 'Black Wedding' to help rid the town of cholera since they've tried everything else. If two orphans get married in a cemetery, then a miracle may happen. The Rabbi has a bride picked out, but there's no groom, so Yiske and his faithful horse Fairdy go in search of just the right groom. Did Yiske find one? Were the townspeople too sick to go to the wedding? Did people get 'creeped out' about attending a wedding in a cemetery? You will just have to read this very interesting book to see what happens next! The author supplies a Glossary of Yiddish words at the end of the story as well as an explanation of how 'black weddings' came about. This was a well-written book with great 'voice' for the characters that all had some really fun-sounding names. I really enjoyed the cute illustrations by Jenya Prosmitsky also. I give this book a high-five for keeping the reader interested to the very end, and for teaching all of us about the legend of the black weddings, something I'd never heard of previous to reading this cute book! BY: Gayle Jacobson-Huset Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine