All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown [NOOK Book]


Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder?s Little House books will enjoy a citified version as Sydney Taylor gives a charming glimpse at a time when daily life was very different, but family and faith were surprisingly the same. 

Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie are back!

Life is never dull for the loving, Jewish, all-of-a-kind family on New York?s Lower East ...
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All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown

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Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books will enjoy a citified version as Sydney Taylor gives a charming glimpse at a time when daily life was very different, but family and faith were surprisingly the same. 

Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie are back!

Life is never dull for the loving, Jewish, all-of-a-kind family on New York’s Lower East Side in the early 1900s. Stand-alone chapters make this a perfect read-aloud, as the story follows the five sisters who are very busy, especially now that baby Charlie is growing so quickly. Ella gets a big role in the Purim play, Henny gets into trouble at school and runs away, Sarah gets her ears pierced, Charlotte has a scary kitchen accident, and Gertie finally is old enough to have a book of her own. And the girls befriend a young boy named Guido whose mother is very ill.  

Generations of readers have loved following the exploits of these very recognizable girls. This title, although written later, picks up right where the first, All-of-a-Kind Family, ended.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-It is a feat worth noting when a children's book survives from generation to generation. The All of a Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor evoke a simpler and gentler time, and have been rediscovered anew since the 1950s. The setting is New York's Lower East Side, teaming with immigrants. The author portrays a loving Jewish family, and paints a rich tapestry of their experiences in pre-World War I America. In All of a Kind Family Downtown (IPG Chicago, 1988 reprint ed.), the five sisters are at the center of their loving family. Their laughter, adventures, and old-fashioned activities will delight sensitive readers. Suzanne Toren's nuanced reading brings the characters to life. She perfectly captures the voices of the young sisters, and her rendition of the immigrant accents of New York keeps the reading lively. While the story is not gripping by today's standards, children will find themselves captivated by the family's warmth and humor, and fascinated by the details of Jewish life and celebrations at the beginning of the 20th century.--Emily Herman, Mary Lin Elementary School, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307829290
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/29/2013
  • Series: All-of-a-Kind Family Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 134,485
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Sydney Taylor grew up among immigrant families on New York City's Lower East Side prior to World War I and wrote the All-of-a-Kind Family stories for her daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Iloved the first one

    I have read- and loved- the first one, and i hope this one will be just as good.

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