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The conclusion of the tale begun in Cheaper by the Dozen.
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  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Not many people know that there's a sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen." Amazingly, this one is every bit as good as the first book. Just reread it for the millionth time. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
"Belles on Their Toes" is a highly enjoyable continuation of "Cheaper by the Dozen". It is the 1920's: the children are growing up, often without parental oversight, but yet managing to handle the family finances, as well as their siblings' defense from over-amorous boyfriends and schoolyard bullies.

The stories of the Gilbreth family brings to remembrance our own special holidays, squabbles with brothers or sisters, and situations when we joined ranks against outsiders.

Warning: this book may bring a certain wetness to the eye upon reflections of times past. It is fun and poignant, and a good read. ( )
  fuzzi | Oct 10, 2014 |
The sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen is nearly as good as the first. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
I read [b:Cheaper by the Dozen|764903|Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics)|Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1178154137s/764903.jpg|1925199] decades ago, and it stuck with me; the humor, and the deeply moving sadness at the end. I recently read to it to my nine-year-old son, who loved it (we watched the 1950 movie of the book immediately after; for his own sake, we are not watching the trashy and completely unrelated Steve Martin movie of the same name).

He wants to move on to the sequel, and so did I. Fortunately our library was able to obtain a copy. Just to be safe, I decided to read it through before deciding if it was appropriate to read to him.

It is. The humor isn't as rich as it was in Cheaper by the Dozen, but that's because this is the story of the family after Frank Gilbreth died, and he was apparently a font of humor. That said, I smiled, laughed, and chuckled many times throughout the book. It's as well-written as the first, and nearly as enjoyable. The ending isn't as moving as the ending of Cheaper by the Dozen, but it's both touching and thought-provoking. I liked this book, and I'm going to search out other books by the authors and about the Gilbreths as well.

There was one jarring point. Just as the family minstrel show suddenly brought home just how much time has passed since the events of Cheaper by the Dozen, in this case my jaw dropped when I read the following. The two oldest girls had taken up smoking, and were caught by their mother:
"I've been trying to think up some good arguments against smoking," Mother said, "but when you analyze them, they don't seem too convincing."

She started to enumerate the arguments, counting them off on her fingers.


"It's bad for your health. That's open to debate. Not so bad as overeating, or not getting enough sleep."

She ends up reluctantly giving them permission to smoke - quite a shock to a modern reader. Or at least it was to me! But then, I wasn't alive in the 1920s. Oh I knew, intellectually, that the attitude towards smoking was very different then, but after getting to know the Gilbreth family through their books it's strange to suddenly realize how long ago they lived. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Life is very different now in the rambling Gilbreth house.When the youngest was two and the oldest eighteen, Dad died and Mother bravely took over his business. Now, to keep the family together, everyone has to pitch in and pinch pennies. The resourceful clan rises to every crisis with a marvelous sense of fun -- whether it's battling chicken pox, giving the boot to an unwelcome boyfriend, or even meeting the President. And the few distasteful things they can't overcome -- like castor oil -- they swallow with good humor and good grace. Belles on Their Toes is a warm, wonderful, and entertaining sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen.

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The pleasure continues as the Gilbreths return, a little older, a little wiser, but no less delightful! Father has passed away, but the antics of this resourceful clan continue unabated.

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