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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; New edition edition (Dec 1 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440400597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440400592
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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 text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3 2002
Format: Paperback
All of a Kind Family was one of the best books that I read in fourth grade. This delightful, heartwarming story takes place in old New York where the musty streets are always crowded, but are always filled with friendly people. The book is about a sweet family of seven, in which each person is different, though in a way, the same. The five children, (all sisters) names' are Gertie, who is a lovable four-year -old, Charlotte, Gertie's closest friend,and a quiet daydreamer, at six years of age, Sara, the polite, sweet little girl of eight years, Henny, the wild, secretive one of the bunch at ten years of age, and finally Ella, the thoughtless girl that all of her sisters look up to. In this interesting, tremendously descriptive book,each child overcomes a problem, and there are also many problems that they work out together. Every little girl in the family is sweet, kind, caring, and smart, but throughout the book, their attitudes twist and turn in different directions. Different events occur that can make the reader laugh, cry, and wonder. Each chapter has a new mishap waiting to happen, and the whole book, I think is aimed mainly at letting the reader know that as a family, you can accomplish anything, but when you're alone, achieving your goals is like trying to write without any lead in your pencil. This story, even though there is some parts that are sad, and some that are wonderful, is completely fabulous the whole way through. It's entertaining, interesting and it definitely always kept me reading. I love this book, because it's better than any other. It has everything that you could ever possibly ask for in a book. I would reccomend this great story to anyone who enjoys reading about small adventures, such as ones that could take place in your own backyard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Lambert on July 31 2002
Format: Paperback
I first read the All of A Kind Family book when I was in elementary school. I never had a copy of my own, so I checked it out as often as I could, and I never told any of my friends about the book so I could keep it all to myself!! Over the years I've thought about the stories and the books and how much I LOVED them and wanted to be part of their family, even though I came from a big family myself.
I am going to buy these books for my son to read, because I think he would really enjoy them, too. And if not, at least I'll have them all to myself!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "j__" on May 11 2000
Format: Library Binding
I have known about All of a Kind Family since I was in the second grade. I am Jewish and could relate to the characters in some of what they did, but it was still quite new to me. I remember asking my mother why the women had to sit in a separate place in the synagogue, why the doctor didn't just give the girls an antibiotic when they got sick, why, why, why. My grandfather (who would have been Gertie's age at the beginning of the book) explained a lot of it too. It is a great book to introduce children of all religions to a Jewish family from 1912. The book is very sweet. There are conflicts, but nothing too harsh. Therefore it is fine to read this book to young children. It is kind of "Walton"-ish, as other readers have said. What's wrong with that? The one thing I do not fully understand is that, over the course of the series, Ella doesn't get into trouble. Henny always does, and Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie and Charlie have their share, but Ella seems to be Miss Perfect. Perhaps that is how Sydney Taylor remembered her eldest sister. All in all, this is a wonderful book, for girls and boys alike (though boys may not be interested because Charlie comes along at the end). One reviewer mentioned what a large role food plays in their lives. How about an "All-of-a-Kind-Family Cookbook" (made health-conscious)?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Scrope on June 25 2000
Format: Paperback
I am 10 years old and I really enjoyed this book because, it tells you what life was like for poor peeople at the turn of the last century. I think this book is better for girls than for boys as baby Charlie only comes in at the end. I think it could be better if Ella got into trouble like the rest of the girls. I am glad that a boy gets born at last because it makes a change from girls and it would probably make Gertie feel better to still be the youngest girl, though not the youngest over all. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone over the age of seven. I would give this book 9/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 18 2000
Format: Paperback
When I saw this book at the bookstore I thought it would be a very boring book, but I read it anyway. It turned out that in the first chapter I really liked it! My favorite part was when Gertie cried from her bedroom and said "I wanted to steal the matzoh but I have scarlet fever!" and when Gertie wanted a little washpan and a scrub board to wash her dolls' clothes. I am 9 years old and I really loved this book.
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Some of my favorite childhood memories are of going to my hometown library & I always checked out the 'All-Of-A-Kind Family' books. I loved & enjoyed the entire series! When I started working at my first bookstore, I finally bought the series for myself. I think it's a great series because it can be so different than a typical kids' life. I grew up in a Catholic family of six in a small, Midwestern town & where our relatives all lived out of state. This became such an interesting & different perspective of families & family life. The era was after the turn of the century New York City. The family was Jewish, poor & with five girls, but had a rich heritage & connection with the neighborhood & the extended relatives & friends all living nearby. It gives a great view of how life in a different era can seem very similar, but also so different from our current life. Each book is set up easily with each chapter devoted to a new problem or predicament concerning one of the girls. The five daughters throughout the series cover every age, so girls of all ages can & will identify with any of them at different times. All in all, a great series of books for girls, but boys might also enjoy these stories too!
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