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All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
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May 15, 10

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While this book is valuable as a look at growing up in New York at the turn of the Century and especially for growing up Jewish then, it has too many politically incorrect parts for me. Examples like: "Polack, who had the heavy body and the broad stolid face of a polish peasant."
"Joe, a swarthy Italian," says: "Mucha rain! Bah! No gooda for business!" Picklenose... It's all too much for me in a time when certain Americans want to divide us by our differences rather than our similarities. The coincidence of Charlie and the Library Lady meeting throught the family also is just too convenient. For some readers the nostalgia factor could still make this a good read imo, as long as the stereotypes are discussed a bit.

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Susan Grodsky Your points are all valid. They do not dim my love for this wonderful series.

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