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A new historical novel from Anna Ciddor, in the same beautiful, classic storytelling tradition as The Family With Two Front Doors.

We're going to look everywhere,' said Anna.

And they did.

When Anna sets out to find the doll of her dreams, her two younger sisters are eager to help. But it's not easy. This is 1960s Australia and there's no computer or internet yet. This is a
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Paperback, 187 pages
Published March 8th 2019 by Allen & Unwin
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C.G. Drews
This was a really softly sweet (slightly fictionalised) autobiography from the author! It had a nod to The Family with Two Front Doors too! It's set in the 1960s, Australia, and kind of a tumbling up story of three little sisters and their everyday life, including how they celebrate their Jewish heritage and buy ice creams for half a penny. Anna is really obsessed with collecting her own antique doll after she fell in love with the book Hitty (I remember that book!). The whole book reminded me a ...more
Hazel Edwards
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing


I must declare my historical bias. I'm the same age as the author Anna Ciddor and grew up with similar schoolgirl memories of the Dolls' Hospital, State School morning recess milk in half bottles with sun-warm cream at the top which had to be drunk before you could play, and ABC wireless serials. Only we 'dressed up' and went to Coles cafeteria for ' city lunch with jelly treat', not to Myers. So I wondered if this junior novel with accurate, historical detail would appeal to today's eight year
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Anna Davidson
A lovely recount of growing up in an Australian Jewish community in the 1960s. It’s so important to expose children to Jewish stories that are not only based on the Holocaust.
Tania
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous story - and such a satisfying ending! Brings back my own childhood so vividly, I think adult readers will love it almost as much as kids.
Lily
Jun 23, 2019 added it
This book was absolutely gorgeous and was a pleasure to read. it reminds me of when I was little.
Karin Sansom
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a reader of similar age to the author, this novel jogged so many childhood memories!

Having limited knowledge of Jewish traditions, it was interesting to read of this culture from a child's point of view. The family in this book seemed to have had a far more privileged upbringing to mine and it was interesting to read of the similarities and compare differences.

It is an easy read flowing easily from one experience to the next with a well laid our story line and simple explanations and descrip
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Annie
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute and lovely story that took me back to 1960’s Australia and gave me insight into the Jewish culture and what it was like for a migrant Jewish family living in Australia. It was fun to read and also quite interesting as I was able to discuss a lot of this with my father who was a child in Australia during the 60’s and he was able to relate to a lot of what was referenced in the book. I would recommend this to all Australian middle grade readers as it’s a fun way to learn and explor ...more
Rania T
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author loosely based this story on her memories of growing up in Melbourne in the 1960's. Although some of the things might be unacceptable now, like giving children Disprin, one still wishes that the Postman delivered mail twice a day, or that they could get dressed up to go into the City to eat at the Coles Cafeteria. I also like that there is a glossary at the end of the book to explain Yiddish terms (as the girls in the story are of Jewish heritage) as well as how the Imperial System wor ...more
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Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rhyllis Bignell
Anne Ciddor’s ’52 Monday’s’ is a gentle evocative middle-grade novel set in the 1960s. She reminisces about her childhood, her family’s Jewish heritage and celebrations and everyday life with her three younger sisters. Central to the story is Anne’s desire to own an antique doll and her mother’s willingness to fulfil her wish. Ciddor’s memories draw from the sights, sounds and smells of her youth, she vividly paints school and home life. Scorching summer days, sliding across the hot car seats wi ...more
Sharlene Evans
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice book to read. I loved the detail put in to the little things in history that need not be forgotten but remembered and cherished. I love how it furthers this by having the main character cherishing the idea of her own piece of history. No big over the top drama and only the magic of life itself. Lovely 😊
Suzy
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely memoir of growing up in 1960s Melbourne - suitable for older primary readers and up.
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