Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML: In the third book of Sydney Taylor's classic children's series, Ella finds a boyfriend and Henny disagrees with Papa over her curfew. Thus continues the tale of a Jewish family of five sistersâ??Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertieâ??living at the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side. Entertaining and educational, this book brings to life the joys and fears of that time and place
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My favorite bit in this book is when Charlie goes downstairs to
This one gets tucked back on the shelf for certain.
I love this family. I especially loved Sarah in the first
The experience of Jewish culture and life in NYCâ€™s lower east side of nearly 100 years ago is lovingly captured. In my opinion, this is the best kind of historical fiction, a wonderful story with interesting characters (based on the authorâ€™s family) and getting a feeling for how they lived in another place & time.
Even though this book works fine for a standalone book, I really feel that the first book should be read first. A lot of intro material is left out, including the ages of the daughters.
This book would make for a perfect family read aloud book. Each chapter manages to stand on its own, telling its own story. Itâ€™s a perfect book for a chapter a night bedtime reading. Each chapter is a gem. If Iâ€™d read this at ages 8-10, I think I would have loved the telling time clock chapter the best; Iâ€™d have felt superior since I learned to tell time as soon as I turned 5, at the beginning of kindergarten, but I know many students in my 3rd grade class still didnâ€™t have that ability.
My borrowed library copy has a photo of Sydney Taylor. I love how the pictures of Sarah in the book look a bit like her.
The illustrations are delightful and capture scenes right out of the story.
Fabulous book and series! I canâ€™t wait to get to book 4; itâ€™s already on reserve at the library. I can tell there are going to be some major changes for the family and Iâ€™m eager to read about what happens in their lives.
I adore all of the books about the All-of-a-Kind family, but this may be my very favorite. There is a deepening of feeling in More All-of-a-Kind Family that is immensely moving, a sense that the people being depicted are real, walking right out of the 1910s, across the pages of the book, and into my heart. The romantic in me loved the story-line involving Charlie and the Library Lady in the first entry in the series, but the relationship between Uncle Hyman and Lena here is so much more real to me, so much more precious. I get teary EVERY SINGLE TIME I read the exchange between Mama and Lena at the house in Far Rockaway, in which Mama attempts to reason with a hurting and very stubborn Lena. I can still recall the revelation it was to me, reading this for the first time as a young girl, that one could act with the conviction of doing right, of sparing others, but really be motivated by a certain kind of thoughtless self-involvement. I feel proud EVERY SINGLE TIME I read Papa's little speech at the end of the book, in which he tells his girls that America is a truly wonderful country, where everyone has the chance to better themselves. Then I get teary again (EVERY SINGLE TIME) when he maintains that they, the All-of-a-Kind Family, have never been poor, because they have had each other. Although all the books are marvelous, and although I tend to reread the first book most often, this second installment is the absolute best in my opinion - a masterpiece of children's literature! Recommended to everyone who reads, with the caveat that they should read All-of-a-Kind Family first.