All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown

  • by Sydney Taylor
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Performance, Terrible Sound

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

You bet!


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Diana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2005
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.