The Schmutzy Family

The Schmutzy Family

By Madelyn Rosenberg; Paul Meisel (Illustrator)

Holiday House, Library Binding, 9780823423712, 30pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2012


In this lively celebration of Jewish traditions, a familymust balance giving their children the freedom tomake a mess and having a tidy home for Shabbos.On Sunday the Schmutzys drag in dirt from themalodorous Feldman Swamp. On Monday they makemud pies, and on Tuesday they smear spaghetti sauce.So it goes until Friday morning, when it's time to benot-so-schmutzy. The family members soap, scour, andshower. And on Friday night they are ready to celebrateShabbos with prayer, song, and supper.A glossary defines Yiddish words and an author's noteexplains Shabbos traditions.

About the Author
Madelyn Rosenberg is a journalist and picture book author. Kirkus Reviews called The Schmutzy Family "delightful and unpretentious." This is her first novel for children. She lives in Virginia.

Paul Meisel illustrated "Go to Sleep, Groundhog"! by Judy Cox, "Barnyard Slam" by Dian Curtis Regan, and "The Little Red Hen" "and the Passover Matzah" by Leslie Kimmelman. He lives in Connecticut.