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Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics) Paperback – May 28, 2002
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The Gilbreth family of 12 kids, parented by efficiency experts Lillian and Frank, were a bit eccentric and very funny. I still can remember the line one of the kids rapped out to a guest at dinner "Please, we are NOT in the mood for an organ recital." This was the standard reprimand for belching in the family and never intended for public airing.
The Gilbreths were actually serious innovators of efficiency for the new factory assembly lines, figuring out the number of movements needed to complete a task and establishing a unit of work movement called the Therblig. They were also warm, funny, loving parents and their story is a good one to read out loud to kids, who invariably love this book.
Can you imagine having to take care of 12 kids and a dog? That would be a pretty hard job. I love reading this book especially when their father (Mr. Gilbreth) was teaching the kids Morse code. All over the house on every wall was Morse code. The kids had to find out what they said. Some would say, "Go to my room and under my bed is a deck of cards."
I encourage any one who loves non-fiction biography to read this book. I am sure you will like it too. If you don't like it in the beginning you should stick with it because it gets extremely good at the end.
I read this book the first time because it was required in junior high (now known as middle school). I just read it again with my teenage daughters to maybe bring some understanding to them about saving time and money and that time is money. This father is the king of creative spending and overlapping chores to save time.
A very enjoyable book to read. This is an excellent book to co-read with your children of any age and might help you get a few frugal points accross to them.
It's a comical read laced with some very neccesary ideas of financial knowledge.
This is a quick book to read, and in my case a shared time of family financial understanding. Don't pass up reading this fun book. It'll make you laugh and think..."That's a good idea." reading about dad's fanatical penny pinching ways.
A great story that everyone should read.
Frank Gilbreth Sr. was the sort of over-the-top character you could imagine would invent a new field, and so he did. Motion study, and industrial engineering owe him a lot. His wife and he were an excellent team who innovated the way people work.
The book takes great pains to explain the factors that made their family unique, from size to father and mother. All sorts of bizarre and funny moments are recorded within. Personality of the players is excellently displayed in the various events.
If you want a peep into another era and culture, or just some humorous anecdotes, this book is excellent. If you are entering the workforce, you might find some excellent time-saving tips in there as well. This is simply one of my favorite books.
This is a book about the Gilbreth family; Father, mother and twelve (yes 12!) children. Most especially this is the story of the Father, and his time-motion studies which he applied in work and in life. He was a time and motion expert in the first couple of decades of the twentieth century - travelling internationally and showing the new factories how to improve their production by increasing their efficiency.
This book has been written, with great affection and humour, by two of his children - Frank and Ernestine. I find it truly amazing that not only did the family boast twelve children but they all learned to speak foreign languages, touch typing, mental maths and even morse code - all because their father worked out dozens of ingenious ways to motivate them - although often it was quite reluctantly on their part. Their father was a truly larger than life character who dominates the book with his booming pronouncements and occassionally humbling mistakes - but you can almost see his eyes twinkling with a ready laugh.
This isn't just a book for adults, kids love having the stories read to them. If nothing else there are wonderful tips about how to get your children to want to learn!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book! I had seen the movie & was glad to finally be able to read the true story. Very engaging & full of humor. I laughed out loud!Published 15 days ago by Iowa Ryan
I've loved this book since childhood. It's like visiting an old friend again. It almost makes me wish I had come from a larger family. Almost.Published 15 days ago by Deborah J. Jones
Awesome book! Humorous rendition of the exploits and adventures of a family with twelve children! If you need tips on how to be efficient & raise kids, read this book!Published 20 days ago by Nancy R Neumann
This is the charming tale of the Gilbreth family, famous and successful parents (specialists in industrial efficiency) and their twelve(!) children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Neurasthenic
l have never enjoyed reading a book more than this one. My wife and I both come from large families so we can definitely relate to the many comical moments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by StayAtHomeDad
I just gave it five stars and it is unread. Oh, must be another of those freeloaders writing review. Not so.
I am 75. (Thank you but really it just snuck up on me. Read more
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. My daughters (ages 15 and 17) have adored it for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Moore
An absolute favorite. I'm working my way towards a dozen times reading it through the years.Published 3 months ago by H