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There's something to be said for a book that makes you wish you'd been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York's upper east side on the eve of World War I. Sydney Taylor's time-honored classic does just that. Life is rich for the five mischievous girls in the family. They find adventure in visiting the library, going to market with Mama, even dusting the front room. Young readers who have never shared a bedroom with four siblings, with no television in sight, will vicariously experience the simple, old-fashioned pleasures of talk, make-believe, and pilfered penny candy. The family's Jewish faith strengthens their ties to each other, while providing still more excitement and opportunity for mischief. Readers unfamiliar with Judaism will learn with the girls during each beautifully depicted holiday. This lively family, subject of four more "all-of-a- kind" books, is full of unique characters, all deftly illustrated by Helen John. Taylor based the stories on her own childhood family, and the true-life quality of her writing gives this classic its page-turning appeal. (Ages 9 to 12)
Gr 3-6-Five young sisters experience life in New York's Lower East Side at the beginning of the 20th century in this reading of Sydney Taylor's story (Follett, 1951). The close-knit group encounters everyday realities such as boring chores, missing library books, and trips to the Rivington Street market, as well as those details which bring the early 1900's to life--scarlet fever, peddlers, and bathing at Coney Island. Woven into the story are the traditions and holidays of the Jewish religion. The girls celebrate the Sabbath with Hebrew prayers, and dress up for Purim so they can deliver baskets to friends and relatives. Suzanne Toren delivers flawless narration, using different accents to distinguish between characters of various cultures and backgrounds. Her intonations and pacing ably reflect the actions and emotions of the characters and fully convey the warmth and humor of the story. This excellent audiobook will find an eager audience in schools and public libraries which need materials reflecting the Jewish culture or serve children who enjoy family stories such as Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.-Paula L. Setser, Deep Springs Elementary School, Lexington, KY
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This book is beautifully written, and my daughter and I have read it over, and over again! The whole series is great!Published on Jan. 8 2013 by C.V.
I read this series when I was about 10 and I am now 46. I will never forget how it was able to evoke such warm feelings about learning about my own heritage and customs as well as... Read morePublished on April 4 2011 by Surster
Everyday my 3 year old boy listens to the audio tape of All of a Kind Family 3-5 times. He calls it his "little girls tape" and sits in front of the stereo drinking in the... Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Amazon Customer
As an elementary school teacher I rely on audiobooks a great deal as it helps struggling readers not only participate fully in the story, but works as a wonderful foray into the... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Rachel Lourdes
This book is funny and really fun to read because you really like the charachters and really care about what happens to them. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003
This book is about a Jewish and poor family.There is papa, there's mama, there's Ella who is oldest, there's Henny short for Hennrietta, there's Sarah, there's Charlotte, and last... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003
How can you live WITHOUT them! Sing with Ella! Sneak to the roller coaster with Henny! Dress up with Sarah! Buy candy with
Charlotte! Laugh with Gertie! Read more
I read this series as a child. Now my daughter is reading
it. A gentle, delightful, and timeless series. Read more
This book was first read to me when I was seven, I then read it again and again. This book is heartfelt and full of good family values. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2002 by Camilla M. Meyer