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Cheaper By The Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.
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May 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, read-aloud-to-kids, humor, non-fiction, biography, memoir

Nobody would call this a "great work of literature," but it's definitely a classic - a sweet family story that has some deliciously funny scenes. It's the true story of a family with eleven kids (twelve were born to the parents, hence, the title) and it takes place at the dawn of the 20th century when mass production was reaching new heights. The father was the founder of "motion science," which was meant to make factories more efficient, but what better place to test out efficiency theories than in a large family? The father was also a showman and had a terrific sense of humor, so some of his antics are really funny. My favorite is how he taught the family Morse Code.

Overall, this is good, clean fun. I read it to my kids, and older ones who are accustomed to chaptered books will enjoy it on their own.
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