- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Yearling; New edition edition (Dec 1 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440400597
- ISBN-13: 978-0440400592
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.2 x 19.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All-of-a-Kind Family Paperback – Dec 1 1984
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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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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!See all Product description
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But something is missing 49-50 percent of the way through the Kindle edition...right in the middle of the scene where Mama and Ella are rushing to help the peddler boy's sick mother.
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