By Sydney Taylor Illustrated by: Helen John (189 Pages)Ages 8-11, 12+ Publisher: Random House, 1979
Meet Ella, Charlotte, Hennie, Sarah, and Gertie: the All-of-a-Kind Family girls.
It is 1912 and the five daughters of an immigrant family living on New York's Lower East Side are growing up in a home poor in income but rich in affection. The small problems that can deeply trouble a child, like the loss of a library card, are overcome in the context of an understanding and caring family; and the hopes of these girls as to careers, weddings, and adulthood in general are lovingly described. Readers will delight in this introduction to a family that has beentaken to the heart of America, and will want to follow the girls through all five books in the series as they grow up.