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Portrays the joys and troubles of five high-spirited sisters as they grow up in New York City.
It's the story of a family on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the 20th century. There are five daughters, plus Mama and Papa, and their adventures are simple -- they go to Coney Island on a hot day, or to the library or to the market. They dust the house and get sick.
But the market they go to is alive with sounds and smells of a different time, and when scarlet fever strikes there's no simple trip to the doctor's for a few antibiotics ---the doctor comes to them and places the house under quarantine for weeks. There's a plot involving two family friends and their problems with love, but it's the least believable and sappiest part of the story. Much better are the moments when the family celebrates Jewish holidays, each described with loving care as it was celebrated a century ago.
Taylor wrote the book in 1951, based on her childhood memories and it was out of print for some years before being issued last year. The time between her experiences and the recounting of them undoubtedly colored the stories with sentimentality.
But this is a gentle tale of a very different time, and there's value to that. Toren, a theater and TV actress, reads with an attention to accent that helps create characters from the daughters and those who surround them.
Posted January 2, 2013
Posted May 23, 2012
Like everyone else here, these were favorites of mine as a child and I still enjoy re-reading them to my neices and nephews. My 3rd grade teacher read them to us in class right after lunch. We would put our heads down on our desk while she read aloud. Still one of my favorite memories. These are right up there with the "Little House" books.
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Posted September 21, 2013
I remember reading these books when I was about 10 or 11. I'm 34 now and I'm so excited that I found it again. For a long time I remembered half of the title of the book but not all of it what I did remember was it was a book about jewish sisters. Reading these books years ago made me love reading. I would look forward to going to the library just to get the next book in the series. I'm going to buy them for my daughter and read them all over again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2013
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Posted January 20, 2012
When I was in elementary school, I couldn't get enough of these books. I was telling my young son about them because he wanted to know what kind of books I read at his age. I told him about all the books I read - from what I could remember - and these books about the girls stood out. I always wanted to be able to get crackers out of the cracker barrel and pickles out of the pickle barrel! Excellent books for any child...a little slice of life from the turn of the century.
I cried when the librarian said I couldn't buy the books.. : )
Posted January 5, 2012
This book was introduced to me by my elementary school Librarian and I loved it! (I'm 65 now!) I buy it as gifts for young girls between the age of 7 and 10 and they all seem to enjoy it just as much as I did. There is a whole "All of a Kind Family" sseries and they are all just as wonderful about a turn of the century family and how it was like to live then.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2011
I read the whole series when I was a little kid. It was so familiar to me and even tho I enjoyed Nancy Drew, The Bobsey <spelling?> Twins, I liked this one better.
Somehow I enjoyed my mother's reaction the best. She smiled when reading each book. And said she remembered all the sights and smells from when SHHE was growing up.
Posted May 5, 2010
I have wonderful memories of reading this book as a child. I purchased it to give to my friend's daughter as a birthday gift and cannot wait to share this very special book with her. I remember this book being full of love, warmth, and a sense of family. It was one of my favorite books as a child, and I hope that my friend's daughter enjoys it as much as I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2010
I heartily agree with the other reviews. This was one of my favorite books as a child. I still have a hardbound copy that was given to me by my best friend in 1967 for my 11th birthday. I've just sync'ed the audio books for the first two books in the series to my mp3 player through the public library. I also found a guide to the series on www.jewishlibraries.org website. I still have vivid pictures in my head of certain events. I can't wait to get reacquainted with these old friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2009
I loved these books when I was a "tween" (I am 38 now). I remember getting them at my local library and devouring them. I'm disappointed though that only 3 books are available. I know there were more and I really hope the publisher releases the entire set!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2006
THis book is outstanding for 10 year olds and above !! I am a 10 year old girl!! this book is about the old ages in 1912 and how a mother gets along with her 5 children when they are sick ,tired and somtimes when they get lost in a big croud. the scarlet fever gets everyone.. the kids are all ready for anything but not the most biggest surprise that they are not getting a baby sister but a baby brother.Just what their dad wanted!! These kids help their mother and some times do whatever they want to do!!! THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2005
I have always been a reader. Back in the mid 50s when Ms Taylor won an award for the first book in this series someone (to whom I remain eternally grateful)recommended this book to a non-reader set on buying me a book for my birthday. I cannot tell you how many times I read and reread this book over the years - suffice it to say that 50 years later at the age of 58 I can still name all the girls and remember most of their exploits. I will admit that my own mother got me to dust by hiding buttons and the occasional nickle (the ante had gone up some) in hard to dust places - a game I loved to play along with Henny. As an only child I was rather envious of their closeness and as a lover of history I was intrigued by the glimpse of another world and a religion so unlike my own. I was an adult when I realized that Ms Taylor had penned more books about my old friends and I went out and bought(and read) every one of the sequels I could find. I now have a cousin at the age to meet and share with the 'girls' and I am looking forward to providing her with the entire 'All of a Kind Family' experience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2005
Posted November 18, 2003
The All-of-a-Kind Family books are among the top children's books out there. I read them as a child, and still have my worn out copies. I am collecting a new set of them for my keeper shelf, and even now that I am 26, I enjoy reading them. The detail in the stories and the wonderful characters will stick with children long after they have read these books. They are wholesome without being preachy, they are simple yet enchanting, and they provide a window into another time period. No child that loves to read should be without these books. They have truly stood the test of time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2003
I enjoy them more each day, it's about Ella, Henny, Sarah, charlotte, and Gertie, 5 perfect faces, with character to match. Don't forget to ride the roller coaster at coney is-land behind mama's back! read this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2002
I remember the All of a Kind Family books fondly from my childhood, and was thrilled to find my son as enamored with the stories as I was. The author truly makes you believe you can taste the hot chick peas, know the pain of a mother having to make do, and the joys of a child sharing secret snacks in bed with her little sister. A wonderful way to introduce a different time and culture to our often jaded children.
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