Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yiddish With Dick and Jane

The other day I read Yiddish With Dick and Jane, a wonderful book following the format of the classic children's reading primer.

Dick and Jane have separate families, and the storyline, although written in that "see-Jane-run" style, includes adult themes such as a grandmother having a stroke, Dick's wife cheating on him, homosexuality, and Jane's sister's adult unhappiness. The book is hysterical and each page introduces a new Jewish word, such as schlep ("See Jane schlep - Schlep Jane, schlep") and nu and many others.

It is such a fun book it has inspired me to order Drek!: The Real Yiddish Your Bubbe Never Taught You.

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