Title: More All-of-a-Kind FamilyMore All-of-a-Kind Family
Author: Sydney Taylor
Illustrator: Mary Stevens
Pages: 160
Recommended Ages: 10 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

A little over two years ago, I reviewed the book All-of-a-Kind Family. It shouldn’t be too hard for you all to believe that More All-of-a-Kind Family is the third book in the All-of-a-Kind Family series, right? I didn’t think so. :)

Usually this is where I put a section in my review called ‘The Story’. But that didn’t really work for All-of-a-Kind Family and it doesn’t really work here – because More All-of-a-Kind Family isn’t just a story. It’s lots of them all jumbled together. It’s the story of Gertie learning how to tell time and Ella getting her first beau and the girls throwing a May party, and Uncle Hyman getting married. It’s the story of five little girls and one little boy learning to live harmoniously with one another and grow and stretch as life changes. It’s just like real life.

Discussion.

The All-of-a-Kind Family is Jewish, and they celebrate more Jewish holidays in this book than they did in the original. This means that while the family celebrates Yom Kippur and Hannukah, they also pray and thank God for his blessings – or ask for His help in different situations. It isn’t at all proselytizing and could be used as a good tool to teach children about Jewish customs.

More All-of-a-Kind Family represented a shift in the AoaKF series – a shift into the older years. Now, the children are no longer being fussed at for eating crackers in bed. They are dealing with more mature issues – Ella begins to see a young man, Jules Roth, and Henny tries to test her family’s curfew. Each issue, as it arises is handled lovingly by their parents and with a continued attention to their relationships. Different parents may find the handling of these situations either too lax or too strict, but I appreciated the attitude with which they were approached. It is obvious that all in the family love each other very much and no one is just putting up with each other.

Henny goes to a party where she learns the foxtrot. This is only mentioned – no problems develop from it.

In one chapter, the girls decide to throw a May party – they and all their friends dress up like characters from fairy stories.

The phrase “like magic” is used to describe a few special situations.

‘Gee’ is used three times, ‘heck’ once.

Conclusion. Not quite as sweet and innocent as the original story, but a fun continuation of the series.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

 

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