Yiddish with Dick and Jane

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

By Ellis Weiner; Barbara Davilman; Gabi Payn (Illustrator)

Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316159722, 104pp.

Publication Date: September 2004

Jane is in real estate.
Today is Saturday.
Jane has an open house.
She must schlep the Open House signs to the car.
See Jane schlep.
Schlep, Jane. Schlep.
Schlep, schlep, schlep.
In text that captures the unque rhythms of the original Dick and Jane readers, and in 35 all-new illustrations, a story unfolds in which Dick and Jane--hero and heroine of the classic books for children that generations of Americans have used when learning to read--manage to express shades of feeling and nuances of meaning that ordinary English just can't deliver. How? By speaking Yiddish, employing terms that convey an attitude--part plucky self-assertion, part ironic fatalism. When Dick schmoozes, when Jane kvetches, when their children fress noodles at a Chinese restaurant, the clash of cultures produces genuine hilarity.

About the Author
Ellis Weiner is the author of "The Joy of Worry", "Drop Dead, My Lovely", "The Big Boat to Bye-Bye", and "Santa Lives! Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus".

BARBARA DAVILMAN began her career in NY in advertising and then went on to create a greeting card company, Bittersweet, that dealt exclusively with relationships gone bad. After that, she moved to Los Angeles to become a TV writer/producer. Along with her husband, Ellis Weiner, she co-authored YIDDISH WITH DICK & JANE, YIDDISH WITH GEORGE & LAURA, and HOW TO RAISE A JEWISH DOG. In her spare time she writes and produces reality television and is the Los Angeles Co-Coordinator for Ridgeback Rescue.

Payn has worked in television animation for many years.