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Who gets the drumstick?: The story of the Beardsley family Paperback – January 1, 1968


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1968)
  • ASIN: B0007FR76S
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this one many years ago when I was still going to school.
Hae-z
I think that if you really want to understand the Beardsleys (at least as much as anyone can), you should read the book.
Lynn
This is more than just a story of how two large famlies became one.
Catholic mom of many

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MommyWest on April 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Loved this book!! I was horribly disappointed (but not surprised) to see this book selling for so much. But, that aside, this book is well-written and an excellent portrait of love, family, and the truly important things in life. I was impressed with how in tune Helen and Frank were with their children, and how they tried hard to create an environment of growth, warmth, unity, and love. I really learned some things from the way they parented their children. I wish that the folks who made the movie "Yours, Mine, and Ours" had stuck more to the true story. About the only things that were the same were the names of the family members, and a few small details here and there. Everything else was fictional! The thing that bothered me the most was that in the book the children were excited to become one big, happy family, and cared for and loved each other, and in the movie they were portrayed as hating each other. I am really glad I took the time to read the book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ALN258 on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Beardsely recounts the events of her life in this memoir that became the popular movie "Yours, Mine, and Ours" starring Lucille Ball. The book describes the events after the death of Beardsley's first husband who left her with eight children. Upon moving to California, she falls in love with Frank Beardsley, the widowed father of ten children. The two marry and raise a household with twenty-two members in all, and all quite successfully. A funny light memoir for readers of all ages.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Catholic mom of many on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is more than just a story of how two large famlies became one. It is a journey of faith and a message of inspiration to any mom who felt like she was overwhelmed by the demands of her family. Helen Beardsley writes with a gentle voice about the challenges and joys of losing a spouse, raising kids, and starting over again. The first movie is loosely based on this book and is fun to watch, but the book has depth that you will miss is you never read it. If you see it for under $50, I would buy it right away and cherish it. It also includes pictures of the real Beardsley family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bluebird on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
A Wonderful story. The book is far more delightful than either movie. The true story doesn't compare to what Hollywood had to offer. A very good read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on March 17, 2006
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There is a very big difference between the movies and the book. In the book (and real life)Helen has 8 children and Frank has 10, and they're all their biological children. In the movies, they changed that and many other things about their marriage and family life. I think that if you really want to understand the Beardsleys (at least as much as anyone can), you should read the book. It is excellantly written, but one needs to realise that it happened in the 60's, not 2005. It is a fascinating book, and I hope you're able to read it. I have enjoyed very much.
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