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    West Bloomfield grandma celebrates reissue of kids’ songbook


    With Grandparents Day (Sept. 12) just three weeks away, West Bloomfield grandmother Elaine Serling is celebrating the 15th anniversary reprinting of “Bubbie’s Baby,” her musical tale of the bond children and grandparents share. 

    “Bubbie” is the affectionate Yiddish term for “grandma,” and Serling wears the title with pride, billing herself as “the Singing Bubbie.”

    The book and accompanying CD from Danza Publications made its debut in 2006 and has since become a favorite in Jewish communities around the world. It eventually spawned a sequel geared toward children and grandparents of all backgrounds.

    Detroit native Serling began singing as a youth, performing at the Michigan State Fair and for the Michigan chapter of the USO, and started writing folk tunes in her late teens. After graduating from Wayne State University’s College of Nursing, she spent a year living and working as a nurse in Israel in the early 1970s. It was an experience that gave her a new world view.

    Detroit native Elaine Serling began singing as a youth, performing at the Michigan State Fair and for the Michigan chapter of the USO, and started writing folk tunes in her late teens.

    “I believe living in any other country from your own is going to bring changes to a person. Even though I’m Jewish, living in Israel was finding a different culture. The mores are a little different; the day-to-day life is different. I was 23 at the time, and I continued my nursing career but also performed. That period was a challenge for me, but I really grew musically and creatively, giving me new confidence. Living there helped me to realize people everywhere are more alike than we are different. I brought that thought home with me and that became a part of the books I write.”

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