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Full House: The Story of the Anderson Quintuplets Hardcover – June, 1986

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Assisted by Robinson, a freelance writer, Anderson tells the story of one happy family. Married right out of their teens, she and her husband Eric wanted nothing more than life with many children. They settled in Portland, Washington. But from 1965 through 1971, six miscarriages ended the couple's hopes for babies of their own, and they adopted two infant boys, Eric Jr. and Paul. Then the Andersons made headlines in 1973, with the birth of quintuplets. As the mother describes the daily doings in the "full house," she relates intimate momentsmerry, worrying and touching. By the time quints Scott, Roger, Owen, Diane and Audrey were off to school at age six, they were very much individuals in their own right, as were their older adopted brothers, thanks to their loving, wise parents. As the story is related here, it's clear that the Anderson household is a blessed one. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to McCall's; Doubleday Book Club selection.
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This is the story of the birth and early upbringing of a set of American quintuplets as told by their mother. Anderson describes the difficult pregnancy, the trials of publicity, the exhaustion that resulted from caring for five newborns, and the mischief that five toddlers working together can create. However, her main message is that she and her husband saw their quintuplets as a blessing rather than a burden. They raised themalong with two slightly older adopted sons, one who suffered a severe hearing losswithout outside assistance, and did everything possible to find and develop the individuality in each child. This is an entertaining, upbeat book about the strengths of a special family, written for a general audience. Amy D. Goffman, Registered Physical Therapist, Lake Forest, Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1 edition (June 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316039535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316039536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,568,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a decade of more more more high order multiples whose parents want more more more attention, money, fame, material goods it's interesting to take a timewarp back to the sweet, almost innocent early life of the Anderson quintuplets. Told by their mom, we get a look into a family that doesn't want attention from the media, that is horrified to learn people are donating unsolicited cash, and insist on treating each of their 7 kids as both complete individuals AND as a big, loving family.

The photos of babies packed in the back of a car without car seats and in a wagon tied to a riding lawnmower do give one pause though.
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Can you imagine having quintuplets when it was hardly ever heard of? Karen Anderson describes her emotions, the physical process, and incredible experience of giving birth to quintuplets. This narrative lets you into their lives on a very personal basis, with many funny moments as well as great parental advice.
This book should be published again for the next generation. The hardcover edition includes excellent photographs from the birth of the quints to age 6, as well as comments from Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. A must-read!
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I was sooo amazed by how this woman raised her family. They were able to comfortably raise 9 people on one income. It's amazing!! I have also been looking for new updates on them but it seems nothing. Love to see how they are now!!
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