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Good God, must we have violence, graphic sex, and non-stop profanity in every paragragh in order for a book to be worthy of our attention? This is the story of a family a big one and of the two fascinating, unusual people who created it. We think of it as a lazy, nostalgic time when people were rooted in tradition.
In reality, it was a time of rapid change when Americans were excited about the future and their growing importance in the world. Industries were waking up to new ways of doing things that increased productivity.
It was a time of prosperity and optimism. Efficiency engineers Frank and Lillian Gilbreth were at the forefront of this movement. Like all engineers, they tended to run their home by the same principles that guided their profession. As their oldest daughter points out in her humorous-but-incisive introduction, a great deal of regimentation is absolutely necessary in a large family or chaos reigns. Lillian Gilbreth was of the generation called the "New Woman.
With her proud husband supporting her, this gentle but strong woman took her place in a profession that is still largely male-dominated. And she raised a houseful of children while she was doing it! I love the contrast between the bombastic self-made man and the quiet girl from the wealthy California family.
Each brought strengths into the partnership and they respected and supported each other both personally and professionally. Yes, this is a book that would not raise a blush on the cheek of a modest young lady and good luck finding one!
The story of two very different people and how they loved and taught their large brood is not just entertaining, but educational. I loved this book as a child and I enjoyed reading it again. I recently had a writing assignment "How a book or movie influenced how I lived my life. Granted, in no way did I want twelve children, but I was inspired to live life more efficiently, trying to find "The Best Way to Do Things. Her ideas of "What is the best use of my time" inspired me to return to college and I thank her for that.
The grammatical howlers and misspellings caused by the technology used, and the lack of a quick proofing, really take from the edition. The first time I read Cheaper by the Dozen, I was in about sixth grade--and the eldest of five sisters.
The stories of life in a large family were familiar and fun. Fifty-some-odd years later, they still are. What a joy to read for the fourth or fifth time a book about a functional family! And in language that is appropriate for all ages. Not mentioned in the text is the fact that Lillian Gilbreth went on to be a well-regarded expert in the field of efficiency studies, and invented several work-saving devices now taken for granted such as the pedal trash can.
I encourage the reader to spend time with the Gilbreths, and to enjoy their delightful family life. Fortunately they do mention the sequel: Belles on their Toes. Suggest others do that.
They are at the back of the kindle book. My daughter has 4 boys and it seems like so many says the mother of two-a boy and a girl , so a house with 12 kids is completely out of my realm of comprehension.
That said, I found the book highly readable. With careers in time and motion studies the parents especially the father were characters. I learned afterward that Mary died of diphtheria I think at a very young age so there were 11 but they wanted the keep the book lighthearted. It was refreshing to read about happy childhoods and good albeit very unusual parents.
I found it to be a lighthearted memoir. One person found this helpful. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. My daughters ages 15 and 17 have adored it for years. I was recently asking them for audiobook recommendations for a middle school boy, and Cheaper by the Dozen was the first book they thought of.
When I am going to visit someone in the hospital, I buy a copy of Cheaper by the Dozen that is why I am buying this copy. I read a chapter or two at each visit, and finally give them the book. I think of the book often. I was just realizing that this week I thought of it three different times. I cannot recommend it highly enough -- one of my all-time favorites. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 day ago. Published 3 days ago.
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Despite a few mildly objectionable instances, I found Cheaper By The Dozen to be a delightful, hilarious, nostalgic, inspiring, and family-oriented novel that is perfect for a family read aloud. Despite a few mildly objectionable instances, I found Cheaper By The Dozen to be a delightful, hilarious, nostalgic, inspiring, and family-oriented novel that is perfect for a family read aloud.
The first time I read Cheaper by the Dozen, I was in about sixth grade--and the eldest of five sisters. The stories of life in a large family were familiar and fun. Fifty-some-odd years later, they still are/5().
The Cheaper By the Dozen Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by . Cheaper by the Dozen is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, published in The novel recounts the authors' childhood lives growing up in a household of 12 kids.
Book Report On Cheaper By The Dozen book report on cheaper by the dozen Cheaper By The Dozen Book Report cheaper by the dozen book report Report abuse. Transcript of The main character in . Cheaper By the Dozen, written by siblings Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, tells the tale of Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Frank Bunker Gilbreth and their progeny. Life is never dull with a dozen children in the house, and the book is filled with delightful adventures and lessons learned in .