Sydney Taylor grew up among immigrant families on New York City's Lower East Side prior to World War I and wrote the All-of-a-Kind Family series for her daughter. This sequel finds talented Ella, mischievous Henny, studious Sarah, dreamy Charlotte, and little Gertie helping Mama with their new baby brother, Charlie. Sydney Taylor's charming books capture the everyday life of a home with little money but lots of love and good times to share.More
"Everyone will enjoy and benefit from meeting the All-of-a-Kind Family." (AudioFile)
"Suzanne Toren's nuanced reading brings the characters to life. She perfectly captures the voices of the young sisters, and her rendition of the immigrant accents of New York keeps the reading lively....Children will find themselves captivated." (School Library Journal)
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Great Performance, Terrible Sound
I love this series. It is a lovley depiction of Jewish life in turn-of-the-century NYC. By the time we get to "Downtown" we see the girls continuing to grow up and learn more and more about interacting with the world.
Unfortunately, this recording needs to be remastered badly. The highs are WAY too high, and the lows are nearly inaudible. It makes it very hard to listen to, and detracts from the enjoyment of hearing the story.