All-of-a-Kind Family

All-of-a-Kind Family


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440400592
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/28/1984
Series: All-of-a-Kind Family Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 41,997
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sydney Taylor (1904–1978) was an American author of children’s literature. She is best known for the five-part All-of-a-Kind series, which is based on her own large family and includes All-of-a-Kind FamilyMore All-of-a-Kind FamilyAll-of-a-Kind Family DowntownAll-of-a-Kind Family Uptown, and Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family. After her death, her husband established the Sydney Taylor Book Award in her honor.

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All-of-a-Kind Family 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of a kind family it is @ least in the begening of the book All nook readers should read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mathqueen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This series of books makes a great addition to a young person¿s book collection. Written in the 1950¿s, it chronicles the lives of five young Jewish girls living New York City during the early 1900¿s. It ties together the themes of immigrants, Judaism, and American patriotism in a way that few books for young readers can. These stories could be criticized for romanticizing or trivializing the struggles of Jewish immigrants. My answer to this argument is that these books were written for young independent readers. Concepts presented in books for this age group must be enjoyable and interesting so that comprehension is easily achieved and the student experiences that boost in self-esteem that comes from finishing a book! This series is great for the young reader because they are just wholesome, happy reads. They describe the antics of a group of sisters who usually get along, sometimes fight, and sometimes disobey their parents. These books also give the young reader an opportunity to learn about some Jewish traditions right along with the young characters in the story. Library Implications: These books bring forth so many different opportunities for learning through print; it is hard to limit the options listed here. The lives of immigrants in New York could be studied, focusing research perhaps on one tenement community. The concept of Jewish traditions and holidays can be explored, using technology to watch video clips of celebrations very different from American customs. American history in the early 1900¿s could also be a topic of study. These stories take place right before the start of World War 1, so older students could explore the causes of the war and how if effected immigrant families.
jedilora on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I loved this entire series as a child. This, the first one, is more organized by the Jewish holidays as the family goes through their year. The five little girls, growing up in New York City during the early 1900s, learn about their faith and their culture. The reader learns about the world they live in as they explore their neighborhood market for Shabbat, go to the library, head to Coney Island(complete with sideshow), get scarlet fever, and finally learn about having a little brother.
MereYom on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a sweet book with sweet themes. Perfect for a young reader who is able to read chapter books, but who is not yet ready for the darker themes of many children's books.
Teazle on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Lovely family story about a family of girls living in New York. I would have loved this as a child.
melopher on LibraryThing 10 months ago
All-of-a-Kind-Family is a nice look at life in turn-of-the-century New York, the life of an immigrant family, and the Jewish customs and culture. It is very fun to peek into the difference in lifestyle that this book presents. My only complaint is that it is indeed highly episodic: each chapter holds little connection with the one before or following. It takes a little while to get into the mode of how it is written, but is an enjoyable book none-the-less.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is the first in a series about 5 poor little Jewish sisters living with their loving parents in New York City prior to WWI. It is very much a gentle middle grade story, told episodically with only the slenderest of threads keeping it from being related short stories. There is a charm to the novel but it is one that is hard for an adult who doesn't already have fond reading memories of it to pick up and enjoy thoroughly. The historical situation is interesting and the little girls are lovely. The easy introduction of Judaism was natural and likely somewhat exotic when it was published. It seems to me that our world and our experiences are a bit more global now than they were and so it loses a bit of the novelty factor, at least for me and for my non-Jewish but always inquisitive children. Children who enjoy reading about their counterparts in the past will enjoy this series of vignettes and will probably get some good imagination exercising in as they put themselves in the place of these sweet, sunny little girls. Adults may find the excessive cheer and always happy outcomes a bit much but it will appeal to them too if they want an hour or so of sheer, unsullied escapism.
MarthaL on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A memorable story, strong in period details about Jewish family life. Excellent read aloud for any middle grades class room.
BSmiles on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Summary:This book is about a mom and a dad and 5 step daughters. it was set in New York City around 1900. this book is about all the adventures the girls havePersonal Reaction:I didnt really like this book, it was kinda boring.classroom extention:1. Shows children what it was like in the 19002. shows children that all kids go through stuff.
debnance on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Favorite part: New baby comes after five girls and it is a boy. "Now we're not all-of-a-kind any more," one of the sisters says. Mom: "Yes, we are. We all love each other and care about each other. We're still all-of-a-kind."
vesnaslav on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books are nostalgic reminders of how I learned the modern ways of celebrating Jewish holidays a a young girl. These remain beautiful stories of sisterhood and compassionate parenting.Plus, who could forget their Italian friend Guido?
Boingercat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a wonderful series of books. I read this as a child, and now my son is enjoying it. It is a very wholesome book about a Jewish family, which was an unusual subject for the time period in which it was written. A great starting point for talking about the early 1900's, as well as Judaism.
spellinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My mom introduced me to this book when I was 8; she read it herself at the same age! I love all of these books about a loving Jewish family. I learned a lot about the religion and I will never get tired of reading them! I also love the companion books!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A sweet children's story set in the early 1900's. I remember reading this book when I was growing up. I chose to reread it simply because of how much I enjoyed it then. The characters are charming and easy to picture in how they relate to each other. The story is a delight to read. Now that I’m an adult I found that one of my greatest joys in reading it was the amount of details given in how the family celebrates various Jewish holidays and feasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it! So much!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series of books from my childhood that I will always remember fondly!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book! It is great even though I am not done with it I would recomend it!!! You can get the sample or you can buy it. I think you would like it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!! All nook readers should read thease books P.S. I <3 this book