Book Review | The Wedding that Saved the Town
by Yale Strom

Score: 4

Here is an interesting, unique book about a rare subject – the shvartze chaseneh, a “black wedding.” This is a wedding ceremony that Eastern European Jews would perform during times of great stress due to disease. While I am not quite sure that younger readers will appreciate or understand the concet of the “Black Wedding,” they will certainly appreciate the search for the groom with the horse as matchmaker. They will also delight in the wedding in the cemetery. Just keep in mind the director Tim Burton’s stop action films, the upcoming “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman or even books by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and you know children will appreciate this story. The illustartions are unique and bring a modern look to the Schtetl. This will be a great read-aloud story time book or lap time book for parents.

I highly recommend it for Jewish libraries.

Grade Level: 2nd-5th

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