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More All-of-a-Kind Family [Kindle Edition]

Sydney Taylor
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the third book of Sydney Taylor’s classic children’s series, Ella finds a boyfriend and Henny disagrees with Papa over her curfew. Thus continues the tale of a Jewish family of five sisters-Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie-living at the turn of the century in New York’s Lower East Side. Entertaining and educational, this book brings to life the joys and fears of that time and place.


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Grade 3-6-More All-of-a-Kind Family is the third book in Sydney Taylor's series that transports children back to a time of horses and wagons and colorful, bustling neighborhoods. The books chronicle a Jewish immigrant family at the beginning of the 20th century. The richly drawn characters, based on Taylor's own life, include five sisters and their mischievous brother, Charlie. New York's upper east side provides the backdrop as the unwatched Charlie toddles in front of an on-coming wagon with unexpected results. But, while the family's lively adventures take place during a very different time, there is a universality to the human emotions that transcends time, and insures that this series will be passed from one generation to the next. Suzanne Toren, the narrator of the previous audiobooks, demonstrates her acting ability again as she imbues each of the sisters with unique voices. A master of age and accent, Toren moves flawlessly between generations and ethnic backgrounds. Fans of the series will be happy to settle with this audiobook, while those who are meeting the All-of-a-Kind Family for the first time will soon feel right at home.
Emily Herman, Mary Lin Elementary School, Atlanta, GA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"... crisp recording of a beloved novel." -- Publishers Weekly

"This is a gentle tale of a very different time." -- Providence Journal

"Toren lends her beautiful speaking voice to the tales." -- Today's Librarian

Product Details

  • File Size: 5687 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (May 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNQ2QVA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Sequel July 21, 2000
Format:Hardcover
In this sequel, Ella finds a boyfriend and Henny disagrees with Papa over her curfew. This story continues the tale of a Jewish family who lived in the Lower East Side of New York in the early 1900's. Entertaining as well as educational, this book describes the joys and fears in that place and time. I also enjoyed learning about some of the Jewish traditions. A delightful classic that every little girl will enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Life in 1910s New York City is never dull for sisters Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Although poor, there's always a penny for candy at the corner store, as well as free adventures at the local library or their papa's junk store. Now Ella, a teenager, enters her first romance, and since their baby brother Charlie is growing older, he's finally able to have a free adventures of his own!

One terrible day, however, as the sisters are distracted with watching a wedding party exiting the temple, little Charlie toddles in front of a horse and wagon. With the driver unable to stop, tragedy seems inevitable...except for the intervention of a brave young immigrant woman.

After saving Charlie's life, Lena becomes an inextricable part of the family's lives. It seems perfectly natural when she's introduced to the girls' bachelor uncle Hyman, who's instantly smitten by the feisty independent woman.

But as summer and the couple's wedding nears, tragedy strikes in the form of polio. Will Lena become the children's aunt after all?

Along with their fun, there's also a strong background of the family's Jewish faith, which binds the community through good times and bad. No matter what happens, the girls know they're backed by the familiar traditions and a rich heritage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!! January 1, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series is excellent, especially if you are jewish. My 8yr old daughter and I are reading this series because she wanted a book that shared our values. We are both LOVING IT! The series is about a jewish family around the 1920's living on the lower east side. It really is a great conversation starter about jewish history and all the holidays. She is really identifying with the daughters in the book. I would absolutely recommend these books! They will also be great books to pass on and share with other generations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel to the Classic First Volume June 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has a timeless gentleness and calm, (despite the lively antics of the characters), that could easily captivate the right kind of modern young reader.

One might be leery of a book set in turn of the century New York City's Lower East Side, especially when wagons, horses and the like figure so prominently and the only thing digital is someone's hands on a piano keyboard. But the good news is that this book holds up very well, and may actually be better now, (by comparison to what else is available), than when it was first published.

Much is viewed through a soft-focus lens and the memories are sort of gauzy and idealized. (The book was actually written in 1954 and is to some extent the author's memory piece.) But, it's not sappy and it does not secretly wink at the reader or indulge in irony or satire. It's also not overwritten with gummy, sentimental claptrap, but is rather cheerfully breezy and clear sighted. I wouldn't go so far as to call it an historical document, but it is an honest and touching fictionalized version of a time that was and is no more.

The book presents the reader with small happinesses, (penny candy for example), small problems and disappointments, (curfew issues), and more serious issues, (polio). But a good small book can be memorable, comforting, and exciting to the imagination - and wouldn't that be a nice gift to a young new reader?

Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to the publisher of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 8, 2014
By G. Lara
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We love these books. We have read them over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite December 1, 2013
By MS
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My mother read these growing up, & gave them to me to read. I have shared them with students, & friends. The series is an excellent look at growing up Jewish in New York before/during World War I.
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