2007: 19. All of a Kind Family Downtown

“Charlotte nudged her little sister.  ‘Wake up Gertie! I catched the stove this morning!’ ”

All-of-a-Kind-Family Downtown, Sydney Taylor

Another classic re-read from my childhood that I used to take out of the Boxford Village Library and devour. It’s funny – I haven’t read these books for twenty years, and when I start reading them I remember them like it was yesterday. This story continued the adventures of the all-of-a-kind family*, a family of Jewish immigrants growing up in New York at the turn of the century. I loved these when I was little because I like imagining living with five sisters, and I appreciate them now for what they taught me about being Jewish, and growing up in a New York tenement, in the softer, pre-Tree Grows in Brooklyn years. An absolutely charming series.


Recommend for: People who enjoy nostalgically re-reading young adult/children’s literature, like I do.


* Although technically they are no longer all of a kind, since there is now a baby boy!


Date/Place Completed: 02/10/07, D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Young Adult

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017