All-of-a-Kind Family

by Sydney Taylor
Series: All-of-a-Kind #1
189 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Jeanne

A tale with good values, but a large amount of Jewish religion.


This is a tale of five Jewish girls living in New York with their father and mother and the small adventures they have.


Good behavior is rewarded and bad behavior punished throughout the tale. When Henny, one of the five daughters, refuses to dust the front room any longer, instead of being specifically punished her mother determines a way to make the job more fun. Also, when Henny and her best friend have a quarrel, the former refuses to make up, saying that she'll forgive the girl on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). This last incident is the only time a lack of morality is displayed by the children.

Spiritual Content

The family is Jewish and celebrates all the Jewish holidays. All others are known to them as 'Gentiles'.


Charlie, one of the characters in the tale, tells a story of how he burnt his hands with a firework.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is drunk at Passover, but there are no references to drunkenness.

Sexual Content

A man is in love with a girl, but his parents will not allow them to marry. There is no other sexual content.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



This is a tale with good values for young readers. There are no bad points in the tale and it is a completely clean read. It has little plot and is basically separate tales of the girls' lives in New York and how they live.

The Jewish religion plays a major part in the tale, and children should understand the significance of the holidays and such.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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