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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 10 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006008460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060084608
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Instructive, funny, and very readable." -- School Library Journal

Always entertaining, occasionally hilarious, occasionally touching....Sound Americana. -- Saturday Review of Literature

Gay and lighthearted...One of the most amusing books. -- The Chicago Sun-Times

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No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. And there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank, Jr., in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on Dec 18 2013
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To put it succinctly, "Cheaper by the Dozen" is a slightly modernized version of "Life with Father". The subject matter, the tone, the style all echo strongly of the predecessor by Clarence Day. Unfortunately, it's difficult for this reviewer to be at all objective given his perennial love for the "Life with Father" movie that predates this novel. Something about that William Powell.

Suffice it to say that "Cheaper" and "Life" belong on the same shelf together and both provide us with an interesting look at family life near the turn of the century. One adds little to the other aside from detail. Cheaper wins slightly over Life with some wonderful 1920's references from Raccoon coats to bob haircuts and flappers.

For now though, 23 skidoo!
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I didn't know what I expected going into this book. Maybe I was of the mindset that the Steve Martin movie might have even just a little bit more in common with it for starters. I loved that movie. Now that I've read this novel, I realize while I still enjoy the movie, it's not what I should have been. This book was beautiful. It was funny. It was heart-wrenching. This novel was an insight into the Gilbreth family. There were a dozen kids and efficiency experts as parents. They had so many adventures and did so many activities as a family that I'll admit I was jealous. They were one unit that depended on Mr Frank Bunker Gilbreth to run smoothly and efficiently. I was moved so much by this book and while I was confused and overwhelmed by the number and names of the children (Mary was only mentioned that one time...for example) but over all I thoroughly enjoyed what these two Gilbreth children wrote about their experiences. I will definitely be recommending this book to others. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read in my life.
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Cheaper by the Dozen, written by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernstine Gilbreth Carey, was published in 1963. I found this charming story to be captivating, motivational, heartwarming, and humorous. It was written with a casual historic format. It was based on a true story and reflected outstanding personal ethics. The story was coiled around the father of twelve children, Frank Gilbreth Sr., who was in the business of "motion study" which he was very good at. Motion study was said to be finding the way to make-work quicker and more efficient. The day that Frank had proudly taken his wife's hand in marriage he had told her that he wanted to have 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls. The tale was a telling of how the young couple got to that point and what happened from there. Three of this books main aspects which added to its splendor were the emotions portrayed, the experiences shared with the reader, and the originality of the whole anecdote. I would easily recommend this story of family love, hardships and success to any person.
This book was an emotional story of a large family and its path. I found there to be many emotions that were experienced while reading the book. Many emotions were such that made you react and think. Frank had a very evident pride of his family which was touching to the reader and showed much character. This was shown more than once when he had a business partner over and "whistled assembly" to show how fast his children could present themselves. The ending was a sad and unexpected one that didn't give an immediate positive impression on the book. The ending, which I will not give away, was shocking to me but it caused a realization of how strong and together the family was through good and bad times.
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Cheaper by the Dozen, written by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernstine Gilbreth Carey, was published in 1963. I found this charming story to be captivating, motivational, heartwarming, and humorous. It was written with outstanding ethics and a casual historic format (the book was based off of a true story). The story was coiled around the father of twelve children, Frank Gilbreth Sr., who was in the business of "motion study" which he was very good at. Motion study was said to be finding the way to make-work quicker and more efficient. The day that Frank had proudly taken his wife's hand in marriage he had told her that he wanted to have 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls. The tale was a telling of how the young couple got to that point and what happened from there. Three of this books main aspects which added to its splendor were the emotions portrayed, the experiences shared with the reader, and the originality of the whole anecdote. I would easily recommend this story of family love, trail and success to any person.
This book was an emotional story of a large family and its path. I found there to be many emotions that were experienced while reading the book. Many emotions were such that made you react and think. Frank had a very evident pride of his family which was touching to the reader and showed much character. This was shown more than once when he had a business partner over and "whistle assembly" to show how fast his children could present themselves. The ending was a sad and unexpected one that didn't give an immediate positive impression on the book. The ending, which I will not give away, was shocking to me but it caused a realization of how strong and together the families was through good and hard times.
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