Monday, December 6, 2010

Five Little Gefiltes



Five Little Gefiltes
Written and Illustrated by Dave Horowitz
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007. Unpaged.

Set to the tune of "5 Little Ducks," Dave Horowitz's Five Little Gefiltes is absolutely adorable. This tale is about 5 little gefilte fish who wander out of their jar and far away. Mama Gefilte cries out "OY VEY!" in search of her little fish, but only 4 come back. It follows the pattern of the traditional tune, but parodies it in a hysterical way. What I loved most about this book are the Yiddish-isms throughout, such as "This stinks, I'm totally schvitzing..." from a hot and sweating little gefilte.
Although I'm sure this book is appropriate for Hanukkah, it is sure to be a favorite for any time of year. Horowitz is a gifted artist and wordsmith- I find myself wanting to hug each of his characters because they are all just so lovable!

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