• All-of-a-Kind Family

  • By: Sydney Taylor
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (375 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's the turn of the 20th century in New York's Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters - Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa's peddler's shop on rainy days. The five girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises. But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!
©1951 by Follett Publishing Company; 1979 by Ralph Taylor (P)2000 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Memorable." (The New York Times)
"Heartwarming bit of Americana. Delightful." (Library Journal)
"Warmly related from the author's own childhood memories." (Chicago Tribune)

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Wonderful story about family life.

Incredible simple story that keeps the attention of young children and older children also. Excellent for car rides.

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what a great, sweet book. glad i found this!

what a gem. a bit of unexpected history of jewish life in the big city, to boot! my 11yr old enjoyed it so much she has already listed to 2 of the sequels!

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Great family audiobook

I've been an All-of-a-Kind Family fan for years, but this was my first time introducing my 4-year-old to Ella and her sisters. He loved it so much that he's requested to sit in the car to listen to more of "our story" even after arriving home at the end of the day.

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Kids 9 and 6 can't get enough All of a Kind Family

As a mom, I appreciate that the books encourage responsibility, family, relationships, etc and teach about a religion we don't know enough about and a part of history that's often skipped in school (urban turn of the century). I like that the characters are "real" people who mess up and are loved through it all.

My kids love that they are just plain good books, well written, interesting, fun. Every chapter is a stand alone story though the characters develop over time so it's good for a bedtime story because there aren't cliffhangers.

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Have loved this book since I was little

The only thing that I disliked was the music in between chapters. Sometimes it ruined the mood set by the author. Otherwise, this is a very fun, family oriented book.

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Ssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooo good I love it 11 it was so great they are so lucky love

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heartwarming! a perfect story!

I recommend this as a read aloud for pretty much every family. Any age will enjoy it: young children, teenagers, adults. Any size family will enjoy it, large or small. It is similar to The Moffats in that it follows the adventures of a family of five girls. Nothing concerning in this book to avoid or watch out for. Highly recommend!

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……..Wonderful😍!



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Charlee too.
am 8 years old.
It’s so good.
It’s amazing 🤩

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Good

Just wondering how come they didn’t mention the mom getting pregnant before the last chapter?

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Wonderful book

This is a must for young girls.
This takes me back to a time when life was simple and sweet.
Such a loving uplifting book!

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  • Michele
  • 08-13-21

wonderful story

Read it with my 6 year olds who loved it. its a story of a Jewish family a long while ago with 5 girls and their antics.