The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg

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In this lively celebration of Jewish traditions, a family must balance giving their children the freedom to make a mess and having a tidy home for Shabbos.

On Sunday the Schmutzys drag in dirt from the malodorous Feldman Swamp. On Monday they make mud pies, and on Tuesday they smear spaghetti sauce. So it goes until Friday morning, when it's time to be not-so-schmutzy. The family members soap, scour, and shower. And on Friday night they are ready to celebrate Shabbos with prayer, song, and supper.

A glossary defines Yiddish words and an author's note explains Shabbos traditions.

 

About Madelyn Rosenberg

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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.
 
Published August 1, 2012 by Holiday House. 30 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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We can’t bring in the Sabbath smelling like COWS!” And so the clean-up begins, culminating in a wonderfully full Friday-night Shabbos dinner with an extended family of 12, followed by an early-morning Saturday walk to services.

Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Schmutzy Family

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Jewish mothers used to be famous for houses so clean you could eat off the floor, entire rooms cordoned off from family life, and furniture veritably shrink-wrapped in plastic slipcovers. The Jewish m

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Jewish mothers used to be famous for houses so clean you could eat off the floor, entire rooms cordoned off from family life, and furniture veritably shrink-wrapped in plastic slipcovers.

Jul 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Schmutzy Family

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