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All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
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Sep 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: female-characters, jewish_authors_and-or_interest, historical-fiction, j-books, 5-6-fiction
Recommended for: history fiction fans, all ages, Jews interested in the Lower East Side of NYC

I read this series many times as a child. I loved the glimpse of a time and culture unfamiliar to me. Quarantines? While it turned out my Dad had been quarantined as a kid for Measles I think, he promptly slipped out of the house via a tree branch and played with neighborhood kids. But I only found that out as an adult, and never had read about the effects on a family before. Dusting for PENNIES? Even as a child a penny was peanuts. Splitting up a candy store order based on half pennies? See comment about pennies and peanuts. This was a wonderful glimpse into a long gone lifestyle. You also catch glimpses of what the adults were going through at the same time. One of the best historical fiction I've read to this day!

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