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Who are these meshugge people who borrowed the format of the beloved reading primers to teach the world a little Yiddish? The book tells a hilarious story involving a grown-up Dick and Jane and little sister Sally. It slips in sly references to adultery, a grandma who's going around the bend and a real estate agent who's awfully fond of fresh flowers and scented candles -- "He is a shtikl little bit artistic and just has that gift," is the deadpan explanation.
In text that captures the unique rhythms of the original Dick and Jane readers, and in 35 all-new illustrations, a story unfolds in which the ultra-WASPish Dick and Jane - hero and heroine of the classic books for children that generations have used when learning to read - manage to express shades of feeling and nuances of meaning that ordinary English just can't deliver. How By speaking Yiddish, employing terms that convey an attitude - part plucky self-assertion, part ironic fatalism. When Dick schmoozes, when Jane kvetches, when their children fress noodles at a Chinese restaurant, the clash of cultures produces genuine hilarity There are sub-plots about such ethical dilemmas as gift-giving etiquette and marital infidelity.
Pearson Education, the publishing company that owns the copyright to the Dick and Jane reading primers, has filed a lawsuit against a division of Time Warner in Federal District Court in Los Angeles claiming that the book "Yiddish With Dick and Jane" violates Pearson's copyrights and trademarks for the familiar characters. The brisk-selling book examines adultery, drug use and other tsuris that afflict Dick and Jane as adults. After an Internet video promotion of the book began attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers and the book's sales topped , however, Pearson decided that the fun was over.
A zochen vay! Say what? Now that the book is selling like hotcakes ranked 74 at Amazon.
The brisk-selling book examines adultery, drug use and other tsuris that afflict Dick and Jane as adults. The book, by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, with illustrations by Gabi Payn, states on the front and back covers, spine and copyright page that it is a parody. Weiner and Ms. Davilman said in an interview that they did not understand why Pearson sued.
Contact Audrey's: Welcome! What better or funnier language than Yiddish to express those shades of feeling and nuances of meaning that plain old boring English just can't deliver? And who better than our old friends Dick and Jane, and their little sister, Sally, to teach us?