Written by Debbie Levy
Illustrated by Hector Borlasca
Ages 4-7, 32pp, 10 7/8 x 8 3/8
Oy Vey! Such bad mazel you are having. You tripped, banged your shnoz and fell on your tuchus. Then, oy vey is mir, you lost your vocab notebook the day before the big test! But don’t worry, don’t kvetch, your whole mishpacha is here to help you, and they have plenty of unique, Yiddish words that’ll help you ace that test like a MAVEN!
So quietly sit like the MENTSH that you are,
You’re a YIDDISHKEIT MAVEN—
Collect your gold star!
"Hector Borlasca’s vibrantly colorful pictures are an appealing vehicle for Levy’s message. Even at the worst moments during the boy’s dilemma, people are smiling and every scene is full of purpose-driven action. Early twentieth century clothing and furniture give the book a nostalgic feel. At the bottom of most pages, a playful cat climbs on a word box with definitions and a pronunciation guide to the Yiddish words used. Spoken Yiddish today is largely found in Chasidic and other traditionally Orthodox communities. The Yiddish once spoken broadly among Ashkenazic Jews, from secular to observant, and the cornerstone of an incredible body of literature, has faded from daily life. Readers can kvell that Yiddish Saves the Day brings this world back to life for readers too young to have known it was gone.Yiddish Saves the Day is highly recommended for children as well as adults who love the mamaloshen."
— Jewish Book Council