Sydney Taylor


Born
in New York City, NY, The United States
October 31, 1904

Died
February 12, 1978

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Taylor was born on October 31, 1904 on New York City's Lower East Side. Her Jewish immigrant family lived in poverty conditions, but they felt great respect and appreciation for the country that gave them hope and opportunities for the future. This childhood led Taylor eventually into writing.

Taylor started working as a secretary after she graduated from high school, married her husband, and spent her nights with the Lenox Hill Players, a theater group. As an actress, she also learned modern dance, which she thoroughly enjoyed. After dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Taylor took time off to have her one and only child, a daughter. As her daughter grew up Taylor would tell her stories about her own childhood. Because of her daug
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“May we always meet on happy occasions.”
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April 2016 Juvenile Fiction Genre BOM: family saga/bildungsroman

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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Published in 1881
'To help mother': that was the goal of each and every one of the five Pepper children. Yet even as 'Mamsie' struggles hard to feed and educate her brood, she still manages to fill the house with joy. The adventures of this poor but loving family - Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie and the adored youngest, Phronsie - have charmed young readers for more than a century. Overflowing with warmth, suspense and many delightful surprises, this classic remains as compelling as ever.

 
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Published in 1936
Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice! Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. But practical Petrova finds she'd rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.

 
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The Mitchells Five for Victory by Hilda van Stockum
The Mitchells: Five for Victory by Hilda van Stockum
Published in 1945
Awards: National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature (1952), The Charles W. Follett Award (1951)
The five Mitchell children are based on the author's own family. In the first of three books about their adventures, Daddy has just gone off to World War II. One of his final words to his daughter Joan is, "No dogs " She would dearly love such a pet, but life is full and so many new friends -- pets as well as people -- join the Mitchells, she hardly has time to think about dogs. The children form a club to do their part for the war-effort -- first and foremost helping Mother, of course. Humorous and tender incidents combine with delightful illustrations to make the Mitchells truly unforgettable.

 
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Published in 1932
Awards: Newbery Medal (1933), Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1960)
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