Date(s) - Tuesday, October 12th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor is the first popular children’s fiction centered on Jewish experiences. Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee and our partners at the Coalition for Jewish Learning to consider the role this classic book played in the US and the challenges it poses in 2021. Follow the family and their five little girls as they explore New York’s Lower East Side in the early 1900s, visiting with the peddlers in their Papa’s junk shop, celebrating Jewish holidays, and learning patience, discipline, and personal responsibility.
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About All-of-a-Kind Family
Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertrude are five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1912. The book follows them through a year of their childhood, as they deal with mundane chores, find joy in eating candy in bed and collecting used books from their father’s junk shop, recover from scarlet fever, and celebrate Jewish holidays such as Purim and Sukkot as well as the Fourth of July. They also inadvertently help their father’s friend Charlie solve a mystery from his past and, in the end, welcome a new family member.
Author Sydney Taylor received the Charles W. Follett Award for All-of-a-Kind Family‘s contribution to children’s literature in 1951. All-of-a-Kind Family was also the first recipient of the Jewish Book Council‘s National Jewish Book Award for children’s literature in 1952. The book is considered foundational to the development of American Jewish children’s literature, and the Association of Jewish Libraries‘ annual children’s literature award is named the Sydney Taylor Book Award in honor of Taylor’s work. The publisher Lizzie Skurnick, who reissued the All-of-a-Kind sequels, describes Taylor’s depiction of American Jewish life as “completely singular. They’re the first series about a Jewish family ever, one that’s not only about the family, but about Jewish culture, New York, the turn of the century, vaudeville, polio, the rise of technology.”
In partnership with Coalition for Jewish Learning of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. In connection with Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 8, 2021 – January 30, 2022.
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