• Title: All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown
  • Author: Sydney Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780929093215
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • All of a Kind Family Downtown Sydney Taylor grew up among immigrant families on New York City s Lower East Side prior to World War I and wrote the All of a Kind Family series for her daughter This sequel finds talented Ella misch
    Sydney Taylor grew up among immigrant families on New York City s Lower East Side prior to World War I and wrote the All of a Kind Family series for her daughter This sequel finds talented Ella, mischievous Henny, studious Sarah, dreamy Charlotte, and little Gertie helping Mama with their new baby brother, Charlie Sydney Taylor s charming books capture the everyday lifeSydney Taylor grew up among immigrant families on New York City s Lower East Side prior to World War I and wrote the All of a Kind Family series for her daughter This sequel finds talented Ella, mischievous Henny, studious Sarah, dreamy Charlotte, and little Gertie helping Mama with their new baby brother, Charlie Sydney Taylor s charming books capture the everyday life of a home with little money but lots of love and good times to share.

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    1. I LOVED these books when I was a little girl and read them over and over - I learned so much about the Jewish religion - how to be in a family, the power of love, the richness of the holidays - the joys of having sisters - I could see and smell what was happening in these books - I have been on the look out for them for some time as I want to purchase them for a few of the little people in my life

    2. While I ended up reading this family's story out of order it was still warm and wonderful and I loved every word. The characters are delightful and it opened my eyes to the lives of immigrants at the turn of the last century. I am grateful that Sydney Taylor took the time to put pen to paper and record a fictionalized version of the childhood she experienced as in immigrant in New York.

    3. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and found this one just as adorable. The family are all so wonderful and such dear characters! These would make great family read-alouds!Ages: 9 - 12Cleanliness:Romance Related - 5 Incidents: Girls have a crush on a certain boy. An older girl says how handsome a boy is - just observance, not a crush etc. There is family dancing - non-romantic. An old woman has a dream about a beau coming courting. “And you know what Ma, there was a dopey boy fol [...]

    4. Despite the label that indicates that this is the fourth book in the series--and it is the the fourth book published--It's the second chronologically. It begins when Charlie, the little brother of the five protagonists who was born at the end of the last book, is three months old.This book was new to me--I only owned three in the series as a child--so it was good to read stories about the family that I hadn't seen before, such as the child with theatrical ambitions and musical talent getting a p [...]

    5. I didn't think I had read this before, but certain scenes sounded really familiar. I'm still rather amazed that the girls are allowed to wander around NYC with only thirteen-year-old Ella to watch them (and sometimes without her). Like the other books, I really enjoyed this one. The stories are just so simple and sweet. I think publishing all of the books together in a treasury would be a great idea! I hope someone does that. I was a bit confused as to how this fit into the series, as I was seei [...]

    6. Chalk up another crushing disappointment to re-reading an old favorite. I'm certainly still fond of the characters, but this book feels awkward. The dialogue is stilted, the plot clunky, and the illustrations just stink. There's certainly a place for Beth and Joe Krush, I love their work in several books- but their drawings here make my teeth hurt- their free, almost messy style doesn't gibe with Mama's bandbox neatness. This one's not going back on my shelf (which is to say, friends, if you wa [...]

    7. I just reread this to confirm my childhood impression--it's by far the weakest of the first four books, perhaps on a level with ELLA. The language is awkward and the dialogue is stilted. The characterizations are weak (especially of the parents and two new characters). Makes me wonder why the author decided to write this book--maybe she wanted to write something about settlement houses, and decided to give it to the AOAKF characters.

    8. What I never realized until today was that this book was written years after the other four--and it shows, big time. Of course, I didn't know that when I was little, and I think I read this one almost as many times as I read All-of-a-Kind Family. But it's not as charming, and neither are the illustrations. They look dated instead of classic like the beautiful pen-and-ink drawings of the other books. I mean, it's not a bad book, but the others have a lot more to recommend them.

    9. I have this book in hardback from childhood. This is another rating based on good memories. How I loved this family and the way they helped one another. And how I grieved for all thier troubles. This book was my first introduction to the lives of people not like myself (who were otherwise drawn from life and not fairy tales or animals).

    10. What can I say? These are really cute books about five sisters and their baby brother living in NYC around 1913. My children (8 & 9 yrs old) really enjoyed this book and learning a little about what it was like during that setting in America. We will be looking for more stories about this family!

    11. Clearly an afterthought, missing the crisp characterization of earlier books in the series. Feels like Taylor was following a script with this one, which was written several years after the first three. Chronologically, it takes place between books I and II.

    12. I read these when I was in 3rd grade, I think, and it's a sweet little series of books. Great books to help educate a youngster about other cultures in an unobtrusive way.

    13. All -of a- Kind Family Downtown is a work of historical fiction. It is a part of a series that chronicles the life of an immigrant Jewish family living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 1900’s. The five daughters have distinctive personalities that develop throughout the series. The book was published in 1972. It educates about Jewish religion and culture for early immigrants. Although this book is a beloved series and medals are mentioned, I cannot find a specific award it has [...]

    14. I have to agree with other reviewers: this one is simply not as enchanting as the others. I don't think it is stilted language, as others said. It is more that the story didn't hold together very well. We have Henny being a real brat and all that we learn is that Mama had a long talk with her. It just stops short. We do have an ongoing story with Guido to hold together the book, but it isn't really enough. Somehow the story isn't particularly memorable. It isn't particularly bad, but it isn't pa [...]

    15. I haven’t read the others in this series, but the whole family loved this one. We listened to it on audiobook, and contrary to some critiques on , we didn’t find the language stilted or awkward at all. I can’t speak to the illustrations as we obviously didn’t see those. I love the sisters’ empathy, the way the book tackled parental loss sensitively, and the way the adults acted in community to support one another. I also thought the descriptions of the Jewish Thanksgiving holiday were [...]

    16. Love reading childhood favorites. There are illustrations and lines that I remember so well that it's like seeing an old friend.

    17. Favorite series from childhood! Learned so much about Jewish culture, NYC, and what life was like in the early 1900s. Had a blast re-reading these with my own kids.

    18. The kids loved listening to this and I loved hearing it again for the first time in 35 years. A lovely installment in the series.

    19. Read aloud to 8 and 10 year old daughters. Like Little House on the Prairie in an urban setting with a Jewish family. Highly recommend!!

    20. This novel tells the lively, chaotic, and endearing story of a modest Jewish family that has five daughters and a new baby boy named Charlie. I read this book out loud in just a few days to my 5-year-old daughter and now she and I are looking forward to reading all the other books in the series. My daughter would get impatient with me while I was reading, though, because I kept getting choked up. The scenes with the young boy Guido hurt my heart. The description of the tenement where he and his [...]

    21. FAMILY VALUES AND WARMTH IN QUAINT OLD NEW YORKSydney Taylor continues her autobiographical reminiscences about her own family in this charming sequel. The eldest of five girls, who range in age from 13 - 5, Ella oversees her younger blond sisters and helps Mama with the toddler, Charlie. Papa has his own junk shop while Mama remains amazingly calm despite childish logic, pranks, rebellion and near disaster. One pervasive storytelling element is the sad tale of Guido, a poor Italian boy in the n [...]

    22. This is a lovely series of children's books that focuses on a Jewish family from the lower east side in NYC in the early part of the 1900's. I read them when I was a child and wish I had rediscovered them when my girls were still small; however, I'm pretty sure they might still enjoy them even as adults.The series offers a great introduction to various Jewish holidays along with their meanings and customs. While the books don't delve into the dark side of life, Taylor was not afraid to incorpora [...]

    23. Read this one aloud with ER. I enjoyed the first book (All of Kind Family) more than this one. However, E liked the stories and the boy Guido in this one a lot. This is a charming series of a Jewish Family that has 5 girls all two years apart (ages 5-13 in the first book). Great descriptions of life on the Lower East Side of NYC at the turn-of-the 20th century and of the Jewish holidays and how they are celebrated. My daughter is amazed that a penny is a lot of money for these girls and about th [...]

    24. This is a very good book, about a big Jewish family living in the early ninteen hundreds with 5 sisters and a baby brother. The sisters meet a poor Italian boy named Guido who has a sick mother and needs their help. When Guido's mother dies, the sisters get into a lot of mischief while trying to make him feel better.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, and mostly younger audiences would probably enjoy it more.

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