Wednesday, September 5, 2012

All-of-a-Kind Family

Finished All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. Originally published in 1951, it is the story of a Jewish family, five sisters and their parents, who live in a New York tenement in the early 1900s. The chapters highlight family life, traditional holiday celebrations, the girls' friendship with "The Library Lady," a trip to Coney Island, and the birth, at home, of the newest child, a baby brother.

Taylor was prompted to write the book, drawing heavily on her own childhood, when her daughter asked her why there were no children's books about Jewish children. This was a quick and comfortable read.

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