Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: Babyiddish

Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: Babyiddish

by Laurel Snyder, Tiphanie Beeke
     
 

Learning—and using—Yiddish is fun for the whole family, from the youngest mamaleh to the oldest bubbe and zaideh. Introduced to America as the mother tongue of millions of Jewish immigrants, Yiddish has made its way into everyday English. The sprightly, rhyming text follows a toddler through a busy day and is peppered from beginning to end with Yiddish

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Learning—and using—Yiddish is fun for the whole family, from the youngest mamaleh to the oldest bubbe and zaideh. Introduced to America as the mother tongue of millions of Jewish immigrants, Yiddish has made its way into everyday English. The sprightly, rhyming text follows a toddler through a busy day and is peppered from beginning to end with Yiddish words. Oy!—will everybody kvell when they hear their little ones spouting words from this most expressive of languages. Here are just a few that are included in this sturdy board book: bissel—little bit; ess—eat; kibitz—joke around, chat; klutz—clumsy one; kvell—burst with pride, gush; kvetchy—dissatisfied, whiny.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book is cute, and funny in its own way, but I'm not sure who the intended audience is. If a parent or grandparent speaks or understands even a little Yiddish, the illustrations sort of show what most of the words mean. The operative word is "sort of." For instance, if the reader doesn't know what "kibitz" (sp?) means, I think it is impossible to capture the meaning in a picture. This particular picture has nothing at all to do with teasing, or commenting, or whatever you might be trying to say—the child is simply kneeling in front of his stuffed animals, saying "nu?" "Schmooze" is another word where the picture has nothing to do with the meaning. There is no glossary, so we are on our own in terms of definitions. The book is basically a one-time read—I don't see any need or desire to "read it again, Grandma!" Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375864971
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Pages:
14
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

LAUREL SNYDER is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of the middle-grade novels Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains and Any Which Wall.  She and her family live in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her online at LaurelSnyder.com.

TIPHANIE BEEKE is one of Britain's top young illustrators. She is particularly known for her beautifully atmospheric watercolor art and her distinctive, appealing animal characters. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and two sons.

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