Summertime makes me want to recapture some childhood memories. And it’s also a great time for some light, humorous reading. For the July LWD Book Club selection I’ve chosen a childhood favorite, “Cheaper by the Dozen”. I hope you’ll join me this month and enjoy this fun book.
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Cheaper by the Dozen
Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
I still remember the first time I read this book. I was probably somewhere between 10 and 13. I recall lying across my bed and laughing out loud as I read.
Even though there were only three children in my family, I had a total of six cousins living next door or a block away. The nine of us were more like siblings than cousins so there were aspects of Cheaper by the Dozen I could relate to.
And then there was the summer when several family friends had asked my parents to babysit while they traveled. My mom thought it made sense to bite the bullet and have them stay with us all at once.
I’ll never forget the day she loaded up 13 children in our station wagon and took us all to the movies. I was 13 years old and the eldest. The baby was around 14 months old. It was a fun week but honestly, I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have that many all the time. Some things are better left to the pages of a hilarious book.
One of the best-loved American memoirs of an oversized family and the parents who held them together.
What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father—a famous efficiency expert—who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen.
Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy — and a remake featuring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, and Alyson Stoner — this memoir is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the twentieth century.
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