Pied Piper of South ShoreABOUT THE BOOK
“The Pied Piper of South Shore, Toys and Tragedy in Chicago”

I grew up working side by side with my parents in their Wee Folks toy store. My book is my family’s true story, a true crime story centered on my father, innovative Chicago toy store owner Manny Lazar, known as The Pied Piper of South Shore. It is primarily set in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood in the 1950’s and 60’s. It takes readers from Russian Jewish persecution to American freedom and from Hula Hoops to hit men. It is the story of two children of immigrants and how they built their American dream in their richly diverse neighborhood. The foreword is by Emmy and Tony award-winner Mandy Patinkin. Many true stories from former South Shoreites as well as an appendix of stores and organizations in the area and the history of how some toys of the era were conceived are included.

At the book website www.cmapublishing.net you can read about the story but not purchase books. Please see page ONE of the website for prices of books, posters and giclees (limited edition fine art prints) of the cover by fine artist and former Bowen High School graduate Mitch Markovitz. The book is $19.95 plus shipping. We offer free gift wrap of your purchases and we will send them directly to your recipient.

Until December 31, 2007 we offer buy two Pied Piper books and receive a third book free! Buy your holiday gifts now.

To purchase books, posters and giclees of the cover

  • Call me toll free at 1-866-50-PIPER (74737) and use your Visa, Master Card or Discover
  • Email caryn120@comcast.net with your phone number and I will call you
  • Send me a check or money order to Caryn Amster, P.O. Box 366, Medinah, IL 60157-0366.
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