Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Reviewed by Lindy Michaels of BookStar on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, CA.
Oy vey! Who can argue that Yiddish is not a fun language to speak out loud, even for those of a… non Jewish persuasion? Now, everyone, say it together, please…
“Loads of words from which to choose
Perfect for a preschool SCHMOOZE.”
For those not in the know, that means, what else, a little talk! How about this one…
“Dolly hauling, crawling, stepping.
Babies do get tired of SCHLEPPING.”
We got KIBITZ: joke around
We got KLUTZ: not particularly graceful
We got NOSH: now everyone knows that’s a little something to eat. A nice sour
“From the youngest MAMALEH, to the oldest BUBBE and ZAIDEH,
no one’s ever too young… or too old to learn a BISSEL Yiddish!”
So enjoy this delightful, colorful, little board book with the KINDERS, nu? And always feel free to insert a little Yiddish into any conversation! It will make folks think you’re actually bi-lingual! Shalom!!
The very versatile Lindy Michaels aims to inspire young minds through children’s literature. Lindy owned L.A.’s first children’s bookshop, OF BOOKS AND SUCH (1972-1987) where she did storytelling, taught drama to children, had art and poetry contests and the like. According to Lindy, “It was truly a ‘land of enchantment.” She also spent years lecturing on realism in children’s literature at colleges in the state. For close to five years Lindy has worked for Studio City Barnes and Noble (BookStar) in the children’s section and does storytelling every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.