Title: All-Of-A-Kind Family
Author: Sydney Taylor
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Date Finished: 19 May 2009
My Rating: 3 Stars
Challenges: 100+, Library, New Author, Spring, Daring Girls
I only wish I had read this before I read The Other Half. I really tried not to be cynical while reading this book and reminded myself that this is just a fun book for kids not a treatise on life in tenements on the east side of New York. It's just that after reading about Jacob Riis, I can't help but see this book as a very rose colored look at tenement life. Yes, I know not everyone lived in dank, dark, squalor but they were still surrounded by it.
So, unfortunately my reading of this book was tainted by my recent reading of The Other Half, otherwise I am sure I would be much more ready with praise.
A fun, lighthearted look at a family of girls living on New York in 1912. It was interesting to read about some of the Jewish holidays that I really did not know much about. Lots of great little stories but it just rang a little too unrealistic for me.