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Author: Rosenberg, Madelyn
The Schmutzys are very messy all week long and Mama seems not to notice, but when Friday comes it is time for everyone to pitch in and clean up for Sabbath.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 153099
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 58526
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/12)
School Library Journal (11/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2012 Stories filled with muck and mess are fun for young preschoolers, and in this title they will enjoy the smelly, yucky games celebrated on each wild double-page spread, especially since—surprise!—the grown-ups join in the fun. After wading in the swamp on Sunday, the six Schmutzy kids bring lots of mud home with them. The next day, they make mud pies, and the illustrations show them slopping around in the kitchen. On the following days, they bring a bucket of earthworms inside, paint pictures on the wallpaper, and make the sink a natural habitat for frogs and lizards. Then on Friday, Mama insists that they clean up for Shabbat, and the pictures are just as entertaining as they show the family getting “unstunk” and “unswamped,” freeing the earthworms and frogs, and walking to synagogue. Then on Sunday, they pass a huge mud puddle—and Mama does a cannonball. With ink, watercolor, acrylic, and pencil, Meisel’s pictures extend the rumpus, and kids will have fun with the text’s occasional Yiddish words (explained in a glossary), especially farshtunken (stinky). - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2012 PreS-Gr 1—This delightful picture book chronicles a week in the life of the Schmutzy family, focusing on the mother and her six children. True to their name, the Schmutzys relish messiness, whether they're playing with mud pies or jam. Doting Mom-the star of the story-wades in the swamp with her brood and doesn't bat an eyelash at the sight of frogs in the sink or handprints on the wall. At the end of the sticky, sloppy week, the family scrubs the house and themselves for Shabbos dinner. Children of all backgrounds will relate to this story of preparing for a formal meal and all the restraint and self-control involved in a sit-down dinner. The dramatic contrast between the Schmutzys' everyday life and their Sabbath will invite discussions about the differences between "clean" and "dirty" and the time and place for each one. Readers will laugh at the antics of the children and their dog. Rosenberg's text is elegant, affectionate, and humorous. Meisel's cartoonlike watercolor-and-ink illustrations sprawl across the borderless pages, embodying the story's creative expansiveness. Children will enjoy picking out details not mentioned in the text, like raccoons and salamanders peeking out of corners. The glossary defines words like "schmutz" and "challah," but context clues make the vocabulary understandable to all. This book explores Jewish traditions in a unique and vibrant way, offering a loving portrait of a freewheeling family many readers will wish they had.—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.