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All-Of-A-Kind Family

By Sydney Taylor (Author), Suzanne Toren (Read by) & Sydney Taylor (Read by)
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Item description for All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor & Suzanne Toren...

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. They share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons and visiting with peddlers in Papa's shop on rainy days. Unabridged.

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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. They share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons and visiting with peddlers in Papa'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

Citations And Professional Reviews
All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor & Suzanne Toren has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • School Library Journal - 02/01/2001
  • Horn Book Magazine - 01/01/2001 page 125

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Item Specifications...

Format: Unabridged
Studio: Listen & Live Audio
Running Time: 240.00 minutes
Pages   3
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.22" Width: 4.56" Height: 1.38"
Weight:   0.29 lbs.
Binding  Audio Cassette
Release Date   Aug 17, 2000
Publisher   Listen & Live Audio
Age  9-12
ISBN  1885408536  
ISBN13  9781885408532  

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More About Sydney Taylor & Suzanne Toren

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in 1904 on New York's Lower East Side, Sydney Taylor was one of the first authors of children's books centered on Jewish characters. She didn't begin writing until she married and had a daughter, to whom she told bedtime stories about growing up with five sisters. She wrote a manuscript and put it in a drawer, and it wasn't until her husband secretly submitted it to Charles A. Follet Award for Writing that Taylor's bedtime stories became the immensely popular All-of-a-Kind Family series.
Taylor died in 1978 at the age of seventy-three. The Sydney Taylor Book Award is given each year by the Jewish Association of Libraries to a book for young people that authentically portrays the Jewish experience.

Sydney Taylor was born in 1904 and died in 1978.

Sydney Taylor has published or released items in the following series...
  1. All-Of-A-Kind Family (Paperback)

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Reviews - What do customers think about All-Of-A-Kind Family?

Incredibly Boring  Jul 17, 2008
I nearly fell asleep while reading this book. It only gets more than 1 star from me because of the somewhat predictable plot twist at the end.
Early Jewish Reading  Jul 2, 2008
This book is the first chapter book to interest my six year old. The characters, five sisters, each have their own personalities which are drawn in detail and carried through all of their adventures. The stories are sweet, focusing on everyday life in a poor jewish family at the turn of the century in New York (on the lower east side). The traditions will be familiar to an educated jewish reader but the setting just diferent enough to make it interesting. My daughter demands it every night and now cant sleep without her nightly dose of "naughty Henny and her sisters."
All Of A Kind Family  May 27, 2008
This book is just as entertaining as it was when I read it as a child! The book arrived quickly, in fantastic condition. Thanks!
A classic for children  Feb 22, 2008
Sydney Taylor's classic book for middle readers is set in the Lower East Side of New York City and depicts the life of a traditional Jewish family in the early 20th century. All-of-A-Kind Family is the first in a series of novels about the lively family and is a sweet, charming read. The story takes the reader through most of year and involves not just the family but their friends and acquaintances, too. The book opens with a chapter about going to the library, and the children's librarian (or "library lady," as the girls like to call her) is a gentle, recurring presence. The children's adventures include a trip to the market, scarlet fever and an outing to Coney Island, where one of the girls gets temporarily, and happily, lost. Meanwhile the story meanders through a year of Jewish holidays and teaches the reader a little about each one. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Shabbat and how Taylor contrasts the hubbub of shopping and preparations with the simple serenity of the day itself. The family relationships struck me as very true and believable- for example, Papa's ambivalence regarding the present the girls get for his birthday and his quick turnaround struck me as realistic and human. I can imagine any parent reacting the way he did initially and then rallying in the end. I appreciate Taylor's honesty about her characters throughout the book, too. It's a great book for anyone and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and sharing in the further adventures of this fun, busy family.
The Author's Daughter  Jan 24, 2008
All-of-a-Kind Family was a turning point in the history of Judaic children's literature - the first mainstream book with Jewish characters! In memory of author Sydney Taylor, the Association of Jewish Libraries gives out the Sydney Taylor Book Award each year to the best in Judaic children's literature. See lists of winners at

Also, you can hear an interview with Jo Taylor Marshall, the daughter of Sydney Taylor, on The Book of Life podcast's October 2007 episode "Catch Me a Classic!" Jo shares memories of the real people who became the characters in the series. Tune in at!

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