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All-of-a-Kind Family [Paperback]

Sydney Taylor
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Dec 1 1984 All-Of-A-Kind Family
Meet the All-of-a-Kind  Family -- Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie -- who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.

Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa's shop on rainy days. The girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises.

But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars All of a Kind Family June 3 2002
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A 35 Year Favorite July 31 2002
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
4.0 out of 5 stars All of a kind family June 25 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! Jan. 8 2013
By C.V.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is beautifully written, and my daughter and I have read it over, and over again! The whole series is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Ever Read Dec 18 2000
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By "j__"
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best children's books ever! April 4 2011
By Surster
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 how life was in the Lower East Side. Coming from an immigrant Jewish background, there was nothing better as a little girl in being able to read about another family, even fictitious, that represented me. I have tried to pass this along to my niece as well so that she can learn more about life 100 years ago to help her understand the events that shape our lives today. Also why family is so important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved in our Family
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 more
Published on April 12 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An audiobook worth listening to!
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 more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Rachel Lourdes
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best ever
This book is funny and really fun to read because you really like the charachters and really care about what happens to them. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
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 more
Published on Aug. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Live with them!
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
Published on April 8 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I read this series as a child. Now my daughter is reading
it. A gentle, delightful, and timeless series. Read more
Published on March 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars simple and magical
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 more
Published on Oct. 10 2002 by Camilla M. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favorite
I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to find this book while browsing in a childrens bookstore in Manhattan. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by Scott C Lechner
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge A Book By It's Cover
When I first got this book, I didn't think it would be that great! The title sounded weird and the picture didn't grab my attention! Then I started to read it. I love this book! Read more
Published on July 15 2002
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