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More All-of-a-Kind Family

(All-of-a-Kind Family #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  6,118 ratings  ·  132 reviews
In the third book of Sydney Taylor's classic children's series, Ella finds a boyfriend and Henny disagrees with Papa over her curfew. Thus continues the tale of a Jewish family of five sisters-Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie-and little brother, Charlie, living at the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side. Entertaining and educational, this book brings ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Taylor Productions Ltd (first published 1954)
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Happy 2019 everyone. After struggling to find the perfect happy medium between life and reading last year, I decided to set my Goodreads challenge to one book. I can use this challenge to track my reading and also to gauge my pace for the year. Each year per my own tradition I read a childhood favorite on January 1 to get that first book out of the way. This year’s choice was More All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, a series I read so many times as a kid that I have it memorized.

The year is
Lisa Vegan
I am thoroughly enjoying these books. I think that I read only the first book as a kid, and now I’ve just read book 3 and I plan to read book 4 soon. For now I’m skipping 2 and 5, though I might go back and read book 2 at some point.

I love this family. I especially loved Sarah in the first book, and in this book I loved Sarah and Ella, and Charlotte too, and Mama and Papa of course, as well as assorted other relatives, friends, and neighbors.

The experience of Jewish culture and life in NYC’s low
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Oh, now this one stands up to the re-read. Lovely, lovely book. Evocative of the Lower East Side, poised before the First World War. The family is doing better financially, and there's The Wedding to look forward to and be part of.

My favorite bit in this book is when Charlie goes downstairs to solemnly tell the shopkeeper, "My mama don't smile on me."

This one gets tucked back on the shelf for certain.
The All-of-a-Kind Family return in this second delightful tale - and yes, despite the effort of some to re-order these by chronology, More All-of-a-Kind Family is the second book! - and their adventures here are more fun, more amusing, more poignant, and more heartwarming than in their first, the eponymous All-of-a-Kind Family ! The book opens with the marvelous "Lena the Greena" chapter, which introduces the titular Lena who, in an act of bravery, saves (view spoiler) ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
In MORE ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY set in 1916 two years after the first story, young Charlie is a toddler and Ella gets a boyfriend, among other changes. The sisters’ personalities are more distinct.

Written over half a century ago, some of the dated customs will need explanation, particularly pigeon killing as a way to rid the birds. I didn’t remember that part from reading the books as a kid, though it might have gone over my head in third grade. The ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY books were amongst my favor
Rebekah Morris
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Returning to these delightful characters is like visiting with old friends.
Everyone is growing up, and Charlie is no longer a baby. It's fun to read about the Jewish traditions, and life on the East Side. There's excitement, laughter, tears, and a bit of romance in this book (though not what you might except at first).

I will be rereading this again, I'm sure.
Christina DeVane
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book focuses on their Uncle Hyman’s relationship and wedding and the family’s interaction with that. It also has some more serious themes as infantile paralysis becomes an epidemic which I had never heard of before but is a true historical fact.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I squealed aloud when I saw this in my library's list of downloadable audio books. I've loved it forever, and listening to it as I drifted off to sleep several nights running was sheer delight. What I noticed this time (view spoiler) The girls are so real, and Charlie so endearing. Heartily recommended. ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I couldn't remember which one had the quarantine (the first one) so re-read this one to see. I loved these as a kid and love them still.
Sarah Grace Grzy
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These books were my childhood. <3 ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
lizzie: i love this book, but there are many sad parts.
Erika Mathews
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another sweet family story. The children are all a bit older now, but their adventures continue. I enjoyed this book as much as the previous one.
Luisa Knight
Each book in the series is just getting better and better. I just love this family to pieces! And the stories are so fun, many are light-hearted and all of them possess little nuggets of valuable truth.

Ages: 9 - 12


Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 1 Incident: Aww heck
Religious Profanities - 9 Incidents: Goodness, For Heaven’s sake, Gee, Where in Heaven’s name, My gracious

Religious & Supernatural - 1 Incident: The Jewish family celebrates Yom Kippur. They discuss
Another great set of stories, as little brother Charlie, now 3, gets to share in the adventures of his older sisters. Life in World War I era New York is perilous; there is a near traffic fatality, a serious health scare, and worrisome news from abroad. Yet romance blooms for Ella (in the library!) and for sweet, schlubby Uncle Hyman.
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about these books is the lingering, loving way she describes meals. The making-latkes episode is one of the most exciting things I've read in months. Overall, not quite as charming as the first. Least expected sentence:
'"I'd better get out my Prince Albert," Papa said.'
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From Michael: In Michael's opinion it is the best of the first three books.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
A pleasant enough little evening time read, in which the family continues to solve the problems of new friends. I was surprised to read of "the Jewish language"--surely a Jewish author who presents and explains the holidays so well could have explained what Yiddish is? I was also surprised that the dancing began before the wedding ceremony instead of after!

A nice little read with minimum effort.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr17, childrens
The children of an immigrant family enjoy their times together with gusto and humor as they celebrate their Jewish faith and life in the lower East Side of New York City in the early 1900s.
Jessica Howard
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, 2019, read-alouds
Reading this series aloud with the girls was the best idea! ❤️ We’re all loving them.
The charming story of the continuing adventures of this growing-up Jewish family. It was interesting to see the family celebrate some of the Jewish holiday's and how the kids interact with one another now that they are a bit older.

A few things I did not as much like, being a Christian girl, was the celebration of Yom Kippur. By this book's description Jews believe that you have to confess your sins on this day, "the day when people try to make up for their sins by fasting and prayer." Sadly, Go
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Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I can't figure out if I've ever read this one before. I know we owned the first book, Uptown and Downtown, and I'm pretty sure I've read Ella, but I'm just not sure about More All-of-a-Kind Family. I feel like I remember Gertie learning to tell time, and Uncle Hyman's girlfriend, but I have no recollection of Ella first meeting Jules (though I remember him from Uptown).

That said, I liked it very much. After Downtown (which was written later, but set earlier), it was refreshing to go back to the
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
Another of the All-of-a-Kind series that we listened to on CD. It's hard not to love these books, especially as the reader does great accents and has a voice full of emotion. I particularly like that they introduce Logan to Jewish life and customs without being obvious or acutely educational. They're funny too. And they incorporate the times in terms of illnesses, wars, poverty, etc. In short, they make turn-of-the-century immigrant NY come alive. But they're less depressing than, say, A Tree Gr ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, 2013
I can't say enough about this series of books. I read them all as a child and we just finished listening to this one on audiobook. My two sons LOVED it and I enjoyed it just as much as when I was little. The story holds up well and my sons asked many wonderful questions afterward about the different ways that various religions celebrate. My favorite part of these books as a child was learning about all of the Jewish holidays.
Susan Grodsky
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Delightful stories in which mundane events become wonderful adventures because they are seen with a child's fresh eyes. I loved this series when I first encountered it as a preteen. I still love it and still love the genuinely admirable family values portrayed: loyalty, kindness, tolerance, good humor. Note that hatred is absent from the list.
We listened to this in the car. I always appreciate the storytelling power of these simple family stories. This book deals with serious topics, like polio and an uncle who has trouble wooing his girlfriend, but somehow they are written in a way that feels very accessible to young children! This is a talent.
Ruth E. R.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderful continuation of the story of a Jewish family during the early 20th century. The author wrote these stories later in her life, based on her own upbringing, which has a lot to do with their authenticity. Looking forward to the next book in the series, and to finding out what happens as the children continue to grow up.
Liz Livingston
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-library
More of the same, just as enjoyable, as the first book in this 1950's series about the early 1900's Jewish family in NY. Particularly interesting to read with my girls (elementary age) with regards to an epidemic that their family deals with indirectly. Good historical fiction for this age group.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rated this book so high largely for the sake of nostalgia. I remember reading this book (well actually the whole series) more than once as a child and being fascinated by a family full of five girls...just like mine.
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book. Not as good as the first in the series but sometimes it is hard to see beloved characters grow and change
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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 spen

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