Monday, December 5, 2011

"All of a Kind Family" by Sydney Taylor {Delightfully Bookwormish}

The School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #55

Title: All-Of-A-Kind Family
Author: Sydney Taylor
Genre: Children's Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Recipe: (From Goodreads) It's the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters - Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa's peddler's shop on rainy days. The five girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises. But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!

The Frosting and Sprinkles: This is the kind of book kids seem to enjoy-very Little House on the Prairie-esque.
It's a quick read for adults and has many positive themes such as loving family and loving others. The family in this novel is Jewish, so there are some interesting snippets about Jewish American culture and Jewish holidays. 

The ending is fun...BUT...

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: Nothing Interesting happens until the very end of the book. Before you get there, you have to read through little plot-line and character development and the everyday, mundane activities of life in turn of the century New York. 

I have a feeling kids will relate, though. The biggest conflicts consist of lost library books and not wanting to do chores. I personally found it uninteresting.

My Rating: 

 2 Out of 5 Cupcakes!
(It Was OK) 

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