All-of-a-Kind Family

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All-of-a-Kind Family
Author: Taylor, Syndey
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1900
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Jewish Life, Turn-of-the-Century
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1951

American History > Modern Age > Jewish History

Meet the All-of-a-Kind Family -- Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie -- who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.

Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa's shop on rainy days. The 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!

Emily's Review

A bit quaint and old-fashioned, but overall a very sweet story about a Jewish family living in the Lower East Side of NYC at the turn of the century. It felt a bit like the Jewish version of Little Women, but for a younger audience. I loved all the discussion about Jewish holidays and foods, it felt very nostalgic and cozy. And it made me hungry. I'm going to have to cook all the things now - potato kugel, hamentaschen, matzo ball soup...yum. I've never made gefilte fish, but now I'm tempted to look up a recipe.

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