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Yiddish with Dick and Jane Hardcover – September 13, 2004
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Barbara Davilman lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for television.
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The story has 40 old-fashioned watercolor illustrations that recall the style of the original readers but with content that reflects the realities of 21st century life. The text includes such dialog as "See Jane schlep. Schlep Jane schlep." There is a glossary containing over eighty Yiddish words and phrases and one in Chinese (yes, Chinese!) that can be found in the story. Some of the funniest things in the book can be found in this glossary, where the authors explain the origins and usage of the words. An example definition is "Mechuleh - bankrupt, kaput... See how the letters for 'kaput' are in the word 'bankrupt'? Isn't language great?" You might not learn more than a smattering of Yiddish phrases from this book, but you will have some laughs over the parody and take a nostalgic trip back to the primers that taught you to read. So nu? Why not share this book with the whole mishpocha!
The single funniest part of the book is where a disturbing discovery is accompanied by the caption "Oy gevalt." I will say no more about it so as not to spoil the effect.
One of THE funniest things I've read in ages. I made a schmuck out of myself in the Barnes & Noble cafe, guffawing out loud and snorting a couple of times. People laughed and pointed at me, thinking I was meshuggah. Highly recommend this one.
Oy vey! What has happened to Dick, Jane and Sally since we last saw them? They now speak Yiddish?! Jane is married to Bob and they have two children who are very well-behaved: "Kina-hora." Jane works in real estate. Dick is a businessman who likes to "schmooze" on the golf course to drum up business. He is married to Mary and they also have two children. Sally now lives in Berkeley where she teaches "Transgressive Feminist Ceramics."
In this alternate universe to the Dick and Jane primers of our childhood, we see a married woman having an affair with her husband's friend. We see her husband in a lip lock with Jane's male boss. When Dick, Jane and Sally's mother is recovering from a small stroke which has left her slightly "farblondget," Sally comes to visit. When her mother compliments her on her looks, a "zaftig" Sally protests and rails at her mother about the fact that her mother did nothing to help her get ready for the real world. Her mother tells her that she prepared her to live in the world that she lived in. And that is the heart and soul of this book - the Dick, Jane and Sally who we grew up with were part of the perfect world that was portrayed in both print and on television where everyone was happy, there were simple solutions to all problems, and no dangers lurked outside anyone's door. There was a very strong disconnect with reality, but in the 50's and early 60's, not many people seemed to mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hysterically funny parody of the Dick and Jane we loved as a child but Yiddish words thrown in. A funny must read for anyone who remembers the old Dick and Jane readers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JWTEDDY
This book is hysterical and exactly what I needed to educate my friend that didn't have Bubbie to teach him Yiddish! This will do it!Published 1 month ago by yoga momma
Very funny concept. Stereotypes, but light-hearted, just joking. Highlights the fact that Yiddish is the most colorful & humorous language ever!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A funny take on the old Dick and Jane series. Cute book as a gift.Published 5 months ago by FromAtlantaSuburb
Hilarious for those of us who grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950's and 1960's whose grandparents and some parents were first generation immigrants from Eastern Europe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Meema
Wonderful book, both in terms of vocabulary explanation and social commentary. I was somewhat, thought not completely, surprised to discover how many Ukrainian/Polish words were... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bohdan Lechman