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The Kugel Valley Klezmer Band

by (author) Joan Betty Stuchner

illustrated by Richard Row

Interlink Books
Initial publish date
Jan 2010
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2010
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3


How Shira loves the fiddle! Every time the Kugel Valley Klezmer Band performs, ten-year-old Shira watches closely. Isaac, the best fiddle player this side of Nova Scotia, sees her watching, and gives her a toy fiddle. “Practice,” says Isaac. “Practice, practice, practice.” So, secretly, Shira practices; and soon she thinks she sounds pretty good. But is she good enough for a real fiddle? Good enough for the Kugel Valley Klezmer Band? Good enough for her whole village? Shira is about to find out!

About the authors

Joan Betty Stuchner has a head full of stories. Instead of playing the fiddle, she plays with words; on stage and on television, with students in a classroom, in poems and stories—which includes her book A Peanut Butter Waltz. She lives with her husband and son in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Richard Row was not born with the ability to draw; he watched carefully, then practiced, practiced, practiced! He worked as a commerical artist for many years, then moved to books, illustrating versions of Anne of Green Gables and Heidi. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and three children.

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