Friday, November 07, 2008

Sydney Taylor

I read The All-of-a-Kind Family as a child, and enjoyed it. It was worth rereading-- there is a class reading historical fiction, and this was just cuch fun. How could I not like it-- the whole first chapter is about how Sarah takes responsibility for her lost library book. Each chapter covers a different facet of family life in a New York tenement in 1912. The family is depicted as struggling a bit, but each of the five sisters gets a penny a day in allowance, which seems well-to-do to me. I was fascinated with the description of Jewish holidays and practices as a child, and there is a Sydney Taylor Book Award given for Jewish children's literature now. I wish I had the rest of the series, but they seem hard to find. I would just like to read them myself!

Found this while looking for information on Sydney Taylor; this was an interesting virtual tour of a tenement apartment at the time:


  1. I think this was a favorite of mine when I was a kid... I should pick it up again and find out! :)

  2. I also loved these books when I was a kid!

    You have been busy lately. I'm trying to get through The Host which is WAY long and unfortunately, I'm not enjoying it too much. A little too strange for me. It reminds me some of Westerfeld's Uglies series.

  3. I loved these when I was a kid, and checked them out of the library often--I'm now gradually picking them up at book sales for my own collection...

  4. I read this when I was cute!