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Who gets the drumstick?: The story of the Beardsley family Paperback – 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,440,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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What an amazing family! It was a wonderful story to read about some wonderful people. The faith they had in God to get married and to combine two very large families was amazing. The ups and downs they were able to get through as a family was heartwarming. It was a uplifting story about some great people.
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I had the absolute pleasure of finding out I know one of the 'original' Beardsley' children and she is a charming and wonderful person. I also met two other sibs from the family and they too, are absolutely lovely people. Having had seen the movie, Yours, Mine, and Ours, every time its on TV, I thought it would be great to actually read the book that led to the film. A very sweet read.
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"Who Gets the Drumstick?" was the inspiration for the widely known movie starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, "Yours, Mine, and Ours." Although the movie is well done and merits watching, the book is written by the real-life mother of the 20-children Beardsley family, Helen, and is even more enjoyable. She's an agile, intelligent writer, and her faith, warmhearted wisdom, and joy in life shines on every page. By all accounts, she and her husband, Frank, were wonderful parents who handled the challenge of this mega-sized family with grace.

Unfortunately, the book is out of print, and remaining copies are expensive. If you're diligent, though, and patient, you can find a reasonably priced copy, as I did a couple of years ago.
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By Hae-z on November 16, 2012
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I read this one many years ago when I was still going to school. Enjoyed it then and forgot all about it. Ran across it here on Amazon and I had to have it. Enjoyed it just as much now as I did back then.
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