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Life is very different now in the rambling Gilbreth house. When the youngest was two and the oldest eighteen, Dad died and Mother bravely took over his business. Now, to keep the family together, everyone has to pitch in and pinch pennies. The resourceful clan rises to every crisis with a marvelous sense of fun -- whether it's battling chicken pox, giving the boot to an unwelcome boyfriend, or even meeting the President. And the few distasteful things they can't overcome -- like castor oil -- they swallow with good humor and good graces. Belles On Their Toes is a warm, wonderful and entertaining sequel to Cheaper By The Dozen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Life is very different now in the rambling  Gilbreth house. When the youngest was two and the oldest  eighteen, Dad died and Mother bravely took over  his business. Now, to keep the family together,  everyone has to pitch in and pinch pennies. The  resourceful clan rises to every crisis with a marvelous  sense of fun -- whether it's battling chicken pox,  giving the boot to an unwelcome boyfriend, or even  meeting the President. And the few distasteful  things they can't overcome -- like castor oil -- they  swallow with good humor and good graces.  Belles On Their Toes is a warm,  wonderful and entertaining sequel to Cheaper By  The Dozen.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060598239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060598235
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Gaddis on October 23, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I found this book in my cousin's room and did not emerge until, bleary-eyed, I had read it cover to cover. Since then, I've re-read it dozens of times, along with the prequel, Cheaper by the Dozen. Gilbreth family fans will want to know Frank Gilbreth wrote another, adult book, about his father. Also, the University of Texas at Austin has the Gilbreth motion-study film collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I read Belles on Their Toes for the first time during one weekend when my younger sister was dying. This book gave me some relief during a time when there was nothing but pain in my house. In the years since, I have reread Belles on Their Toes a number of times, and it still makes me feel happy! I would recommend this book to anyone who just wants to read something for the simple joy of it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoyed Cheaper by the Dozen, reading this book is a must! After Father Gilbreth dies, Mother is left to carry on with her dozen children. The hilarious (and sometimes ridiculous) escapades in this book range from Tom, (the cook) having trouble dosing the Gilbreth clan with castor oil, to first dates and general instruction for the girls by their brothers on how NOT to get kissed! This book is HILARIOUS! Trust me - this is one you DON'T want to miss! Settle yourself down in your favorite easy chair and laugh yourself silly with the amusing escapades of the Gilbreth Clan!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 16, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The raucous riotous ribald sequel to the ever-beloved "Cheaper by the Dozen". Following up the eleven children's wild exploits, the book continues the Gilbreths adventures after their patriarch, Frank Gilbreth, dies of a heart attack. Suddenly Mrs. Gilbreth is off to take his place, speaking across the country and the kids are looking out for themselves. Admittedly, this book isn't as strong as its predecessor. While it does tell some mighty amusing stories (threatening to roast a peeping tom comes to mind), it peters out at the end. But there's a lot to love here. In what other children's book are you going to find a mother trying to find reasons NOT to smoke and failing? As she lists the reasons not to smoke she says, "It's bad for your health. That's open to debate. Not so bad as overeating, or not getting enough sleep". Oh Mrs. Gilbreth. If only you had known. And this little instance is well coupled with the family's handyman bottling his own moonshine in their basement. Now, admittedly I'm picking out the tiny sections here and there in this book which, by today's modern standards, make for pretty risky kiddie lit. My point is, this is an interesting book. Though dated a little here and there, it still tells the story of a woman of extraordinary strength and resiliency. One who walked where few others dared in a male dominated industry. Say what you will of this story, kids reading it will not get bored. There are enough practical jokes and pranks to fill its ample 237 pages. Pick it up, and regret will not enter your mind for having done so.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kraider168" on February 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those of you who have read Cheaper by the Dozen, you know that the antics of the Gilbreth children make even the saddest person attempt to hide their smiles. Well, Belles on Their Toes continues the legacy of laughs and just getting through life.
This book begins three days after Cheaper by the Dozen leaves off, three days after the death of Dad. Belles on Their Toes talks about the struggles of a family trying to get back on their feet after such a terrible loss. Mother has to go away to Europe for 5 weeks, to make a name for herself, so Anne, the oldest of the children at age 18, is left in charge. Through chicken pox and hte cook being arrested, the family manages to stick together.
In an inspiring story about self sacrifices, and stepping up to fill the shoes of Dad, the Gilbreths pinch pennies to keep the family from splitting up. A rare mix of inspiration and humor, Belles on Their Toes is a must-read for everyone!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. I read it after I had read "Cheaper By the Dozen" which is a book of the events before the events in this book. This is like a sequal to that. I loved them both and I wish there were a ton more books about this family. I think it would be a dream come true to meet some of them. It is so neat to read a whole families life story and it is even more fun to have such an interesting family as the Gilbreths. Sometimes I don't know how they lived. They are really neat people and they inspired me in the weirdest ways. I would recomend this book to everyone of any age. But first you should read "Cheaper By the Dozen" it is up to you but it is more fun to read it in order. I think you should give at least one of these books a try, they are great I think and they would make great gifts if you need a good gift, also. I hope you take my advise and read these books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thewierdo on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book continues the true story of the Gilbreth children or the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen.

The story continues after the father died. The mother is now the soul supporter of her family. There is a graet saying in the book that says,"Mother wasn't afraid anymore because the worst had happend."

The mother carried on her husbands works. She held conferences and taught the scince of time saving. She became a very strong woman.

It was a long hard haul but ahe successfully continued her husbands work. The children successfully ran the household.

This story is humorus and very touching. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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