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Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family Paperback – March 1, 2000
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By the way, just thought I'd throw this question out: Which child do you think Sydney Taylor was? Ella would have been too obvious. I thought maybe she was Charlotte since Charlotte was the dreamer and always making up stories, etc. But that might have been too obvious as well. Maybe Henny . . .
Now he's back, and things aren't so simple. While Ella loves Jules and wants to marry him, she also wants to explore her singing talent and see where it might take her. The war may have afforded women a bit more freedom; but Ella still understands that Jules' patience for her dreams is limited. If she chooses one, she may lose the other forever.
Meanwhile, the rest of the family continues with the adventures of growing up. Youngest sisters Gertie and Charlotte get into a pickle when they decide to give a haircut to a cousin they're babysitting; Henny decides to run for the first female school representative at her high school; and tragedy strikes when little Charlie tries to keep up with bigger neighborhood boys in a rough game.
While some readers feel that this book doesn't ring quite the same as the others in the All-of-a-Kind Family series, as there isn't much focus on anyone besides Ella, and she is almost entirely preoccupied with her own life, it seems this is inevitable. There comes a time when all young adults struggle with their fates, Ella as well -- and test the world outside their home. Yet that familiar loving family is still waiting, supportive, regardless of what happens.
But it is Ella’s vocal career which presents the main dramatic conflict of this novella. A series of coincidences leads Ella to audition and be accepted for a new vaudeville turn called The Prancing Ponies--which requires weeks of hard work in rehearsals. There she deals with snobby and jealous chorus girls, plus the unwanted advances of a middle aged hoofer. Worst of all she feels a growing wedge between herself and her fiancé; once she goes on tour with the group they will be separated for at least a year. Is this the kind of singing career and lifestyle which she always wanted? Isn’t she supposed to be fulfilling Mama’s old dream—which she gave up to become a housewife? What about the close and loving Family Values her family has always demonstrated? How/when will Ella discover what she truly wants? A nice read for girls 12-16.
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I first read Sydney Taylor's book as a young girl in the 1960s. I couldn't get enough of the little Jewish girls living in New York City. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shelia Nelson
Loved this books series when I was a kid and am so glad to have it again!Published 19 months ago by D. Gross
Great book series, but this was the worst of them. The themes are a bit too grown up for younger children.Published 22 months ago by h8r
This was a great book because it follows the eldest, Ella , through her singing career. I love the series and I am sad that this series is at an endPublished on July 3, 2014 by Anand Singh
Impossible to get hold of this in the UK, and apparently not easy in the US, but arrived as expected in good condition and providing an enjoyable and fascinating read for mother... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by David Jay