Book Review of All-of-a-Kind Family
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Sydney Taylor
Ages 8+ | 192 Pages
Publisher: Yearling | ISBN-13: 9780440400592
What to Expect: Family, Siblings, Adventure, and the Jewish Experience
All-of-a-Kind Family is a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature. The author, Sydney Taylor, has an award named after her—the Sydney Taylor Book Award honors excellent new books for children and teens that portray the Jewish experience.
Travel back in time to the early 1900s with this heartwarming and beloved classic that will transport you to the bustling streets of New York City and the close-knit world of five mischievous sisters—Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertiethey—living with their parents in a poor area of the city.
The story follows the sisters’ lives and the fun experiences growing up in a Jewish immigrant family. The lively sisters share a bedroom and love to do everything together:
- Visiting the library
- Going to the Rivington Street Market with Mama
- Swimming at Coney Island
- Celebrating the holidays
- Even doing chores
They even enjoy discovering a button while dusting. The sisters are excellent examples of kindness and happiness.
Beautiful descriptions of Jewish life and traditions are shared within the pages as readers learn about Judaism and the holidays celebrated. Based on the author’s own childhood family, The All-of-a-Kind Family is a warm and funny story that reminds us that it’s not what we have that makes us rich but the size of our hearts that counts. There’s a solid chance that you’ll love this book and want to be a member of this family, too. Get lost in their charming adventures and rediscover the joy of family and friendship.
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About the Author
Sydney Taylor (1904–1978) was an American author of children’s literature. She is best known for the five-part All-of-a-Kind series, which is based on her own large family and includes All-of-a-Kind Family, More All-of-a-Kind Family, All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown, All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown, and Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family. After her death, her husband established the Sydney Taylor Book Award in her honor.
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