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Sydney Taylor (1904–1978)

Autor(a) de All-of-a-Kind Family

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Obras por Sydney Taylor

All-of-a-Kind Family (1951) 3,214 exemplares
All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown (1972) 944 exemplares
More All-of-a-Kind Family (1954) 826 exemplares
All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown (1958) 795 exemplares
Ella of All-Of-A-Kind Family (1978) 506 exemplares
A Papa Like Everyone Else (1966) 87 exemplares
Danny Loves a Holiday (1980) 44 exemplares
The Dog Who Came to Dinner (1616) 35 exemplares
Mr. Barney's Beard (1961) 8 exemplares
Now That You Are 8 (1963) 7 exemplares

Associated Works

The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 06: Harvest of Holidays (1900) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
Spring World, Awake: Stories, Poems, and Essays (1970) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Brenner, Sarah (birth)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
New York University
children's book author
short story writer
Lenox Hill Players
Martha Graham Dance Troupe
Prémios e menções honrosas
Sydney Taylor Book Award

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Sydney Taylor was the pen name of Sarah Brenner, who was born in New York City to Orthodox Jewish immigrant parents. Her popular stories and children's books are based on life on the Lower East Side in her own large family with 4 sisters and 3 brothers. As a young woman, she became involved in the performing arts, acting on stage with the Lenox Hill Players and dancing with Martha Graham's modern dance company. In 1925, she married Ralph Taylor and had a daughter. All-of-a-Kind Family was published in 1951 after it won a contest sponsored by Follett Publishing.
Sydney Taylor's books were the first to reach a large, mainstream audience with a depiction of American Jewish children in realistic situations. In addition to the five novels that comprised the All-of-a-Kind Family series, she also wrote several other children's books and short stories. She often toured schools and libraries around the country, talking to children about her work.




Publisher's summary: "The continuing adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century. Ella finds a boyfriend and Henny disagrees with Papa over her curfew; a single uncle finds romance; World War I approaches and the family heads to Rockaway Beach to avoid infection during an outbreak of infantile paralysis [polio]"
JennyArch | 11 outras críticas | Mar 22, 2024 |
Published later but set between All-of-A-Kind Family and More All-of-A-Kind Family, so Charlie is still a baby about three months old, and Ella hasn't met Jules yet. Henny charges her friends a penny each to come watch Charlie's bathtime. The sisters help Guido, whose mother is sick.

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JennyArch | 11 outras críticas | Mar 22, 2024 |
Sisters Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie live on New York's East Side with Mama and Papa, German Jewish immigrants. Papa sells secondhand clothes, and Mama runs the household; the girls have a good deal of independence, walking to and from school, visiting Papa's shop, going to the candy store and the hardware store, and visiting the library on Fridays. They also celebrate the Jewish holidays. The girls are in for a surprise, though...a new Charlie!

See also: Betsy-Tacy; Meet Rebecca (American Girl)… (mais)
JennyArch | 58 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
First sentence: "That slowpoke Sarah1" Henny cried. "She's making us late!" Mama's girls were going to the library, and Henny was impatient.

Premise/plot: Ella (12), Henny (10), Sarah (8), Charlotte (6) and Gertie (4) are sisters that make up [part of] an "all-of-a-kind family." The book is set in the Lower East Side of New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. It chronicles the adventures of a Jewish family in the course of a year (or most of a year). The book opens with a bittersweet library visit and ends with the birth of a new sibling! There are highs and lows.

My thoughts: I love this book. I'm excited to read all the sequels. I remember reading this one a few times as a kid. This is my second time, I believe, to read it as an adult. (I first blogged about it in 2008). I enjoy the storytelling and characterization. I love the old-fashioned, traditional feel. I think it has acquired that through the decades. It wasn't particularly 'traditional' at the time it was published. I was reading the introduction to the one of the sequels and it was pointing out all the ways this book was 'novel' aka "new" and unconventional.
… (mais)
blbooks | 58 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |



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