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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.
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Dec 29, 2010

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This is a rather charming and funny little book about a unique set of parents of a dozen children towards the beginning of the 20th century or so. Mr. Gilbreth was a motion expert, Mrs. Gilbreth a psychologist. They reared their brood with humor, a deep love of knowledge and creativity in imparting it, and steady mutual support and affection. Their childrens' fond remembrances are a good testimony to their more-than-usually-idyllic childhoods. I particularly loved Mr. Gilbreth's painting mnemonics around their summer home to teach them Morse code without their having to studying it, and his putting their children through tonsillectomies in order to be able to study the inefficiencies of the surgery--but the film had been improperly loaded and he couldn't make his study!

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