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All-Of-A-Kind Family Hardcover – December 1, 1984
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Gr 3-6-Five young sisters experience life in New York's Lower East Side at the beginning of the 20th century in this reading of Sydney Taylor's story (Follett, 1951). The close-knit group encounters everyday realities such as boring chores, missing library books, and trips to the Rivington Street market, as well as those details which bring the early 1900's to life--scarlet fever, peddlers, and bathing at Coney Island. Woven into the story are the traditions and holidays of the Jewish religion. The girls celebrate the Sabbath with Hebrew prayers, and dress up for Purim so they can deliver baskets to friends and relatives. Suzanne Toren delivers flawless narration, using different accents to distinguish between characters of various cultures and backgrounds. Her intonations and pacing ably reflect the actions and emotions of the characters and fully convey the warmth and humor of the story. This excellent audiobook will find an eager audience in schools and public libraries which need materials reflecting the Jewish culture or serve children who enjoy family stories such as Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.-Paula L. Setser, Deep Springs Elementary School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Well, I have since learned about the "Jewish" stereotype. However, I was not suckered in by the error because my first experience with Jews came about through the All of A Kind Family books. I am convinced that I knew the truth about the Jewish people because of these books.
I strongly recommend that these books be added to all reading lists, as they help to teach kindness, love, and tolerance for all people, just like they helped to teach to me.
I should also say that the illustrations in the books are terrific! Esp in the later books, little Charlie is so cute.
Hopefully the publisher or whoever owns the copyright to Ms. Taylor's books will read the reviews here on Amazon and re-release the entire series, as it deserves to be done. (I seem to recall the paperbacks were available in a gift box in the 70's).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book...enjoyed learning more about the Jewish faith and family traditions.Published 1 month ago by Zsazsa
This was a favorite from my childhood and I wanted to collect them for my grandchildren to enjoy too. I reread this book and it still holds the delights I enjoyed as a child. Read morePublished 1 month ago by andi
My daughter has to read this for school. She really likes it. It's an easy read and the period writing is greatPublished 1 month ago by Bambi
I read these books when I was a kid, read them to my daughter when she was little and am now reading them to my granddaughter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leigh Lippard
I must be honest and say I have not read this book. I bought it for my 10 yr old granddaughter. She is a huge fan of the American Girl doll stories and an avid reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nan Jan
i read it for an inter-generational book discussion group. I thought it might not be sophisticated enough for a 21st century pre-teen, but my 11- year-old reading partner really... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miklos Nicolson