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.