The Market Wedding
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Regolo Ricci

Category: Juvenile Fiction; Juvenile Fiction - Family - Marriage & Divorce | Imprint: Tundra Books | Format: Hardcover | Pub Date: September 2000 | Age: 7-10 | Trim Size: 8 x 10 | # of Pages: 32 pages | ISBN: 978-0-88776-492-9
(0-88776-492-4) | CDN Price: $19.99 / US Price: $16.95

Morris sells fish from a stall in the marketplace. Across the way, Minnie sells hats. Their eyes meet and soon they are in love. Morris wants to give his bride a beautiful home, but he is only a poor fishmonger. One day, he comes up with a brilliant plan: he will make their wedding so fine that their friends will have to shower them with the best of everything. His Minnie will live like a movie star!

Morris’ plan backfires, of course, but like all good love stories, this is a tale that ends in a happy — if surprising — fashion.

Cary’s comments about this book:

“This was my second book and also an adaptation. The original story, Abraham Cahan’s A Ghetto Wedding, was published in 1898. I set my version in Toronto’s Kensington Market in the 1920s because my mother lived there when she was a little girl. It was a neighbourhood where many immigrant people first lived on arriving in Toronto. The illustrator, Regolo Ricci, walked around the neighbourhood and looked at old photographs to find inspiration for his paintings.”

Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature
Sydney Taylor Honor Book
World Storytelling Award

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