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Yiddish with George and Laura
by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman
Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 0-316-01446-X
Published October 2006 - Hardcover - 108 pages - $14.99

Although essentially a children's book, this one can be appreciated by people of all ages.  However, I wonder how many children's books have the word "penis" (or Yiddish equivalent) in them.  Yiddish is a part of today's language and in some circles, it is still spoken.  We use (I do, anyway) words like finagle, meshugeh, and my favorite, chutzpah.  And we've heard words like shiksa, goyim, tchotchkies, shtik, and schmendrik, but my guess is that many of us (Gentiles, that is) don't know what chaluskisdick, farbissenah, geshrai, or shpotzir means.  Thankfully there is a glossary at the end of the book.  Of course there is a little political humor involved in this story, as the title indicates, as it's about a non-fictional family in a fictional setting.  Sometimes you can work out what Yiddish sayings mean, such as "kush mir tuchas".
Conclusion - Fun.

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