The Life of a Children's Troubadour


319 pages
Contains Photos, Index
ISBN 1-896943-44-6
DDC 782.42'083'092






Reviewed by Tamara Jones

Tamara Jones, a former production stage manager/operations supervisor in
the Entertainment Department of Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, has
relocated to Burlington, Vermont.


This captivating autobiography by the renowned children’s entertainer
Raffi explores “the inner life of a contemporary troubadour and the
quest for meaning that colored and shaped [his] musical career.” Raffi
opens the book by tracing his family’s roots from Armenia to Cairo and
then moves on to describe his childhood in Egypt and Canada and his
subsequent career as a folk artist, children’s performer, and
environmentalist. His well-crafted and intimate personal history reveals
the connections between his career success and his understanding that
children are “as whole in their early stage of development as adults
are in their current place on life’s journey.”


Raffi., “The Life of a Children's Troubadour,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 23, 2024,