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Cheaper by the Dozen (A Bantam starfire book) (original 1948; edition 1984)

by Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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Title:Cheaper by the Dozen (A Bantam starfire book)
Authors:Frank B. Gilbreth
Other authors:Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Info:Laurel Leaf (1984), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:#25 American Industrialization & Immigration/Victorian to 1920's

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Cheaper by the Dozen by Jr. Frank B. Gilbreth (1948)

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    Life with Father / Life with Mother by Clarence Day (wisewoman)
    wisewoman: Funny family stories with a larger-than-life father, fun mother, and redheaded kids.
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    Time Out for Happiness by Frank B. Gilbreth (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: Also by Frank Gilbreth - a slightly more serious look at the Gilbreth family - particularly at Frank Sr. and Lillie before they started their family and at Lillie's successful struggles to support the family after Frank's death.
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    Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth -- A Life Beyond "Cheaper by the Dozen" by Jane Lancaster (infiniteletters)
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    Eight Is Enough by Tom Braden (infiniteletters)

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This was a delightful, nonfiction reread. It is the biography of the family of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, pioneers of time and labour saving engineering. They had twelve children, which was about as horrifying to many back then as it is to many today, and the eccentricities of their dad combined with the energy and imagination of twelve children gave plenty of humorous and inciteful fodder for this book, which was co-written by two of the children.

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  Karin7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
Cheaper by the Dozen is probably one of the books I've had the most fun reading. This is the story of Frank Gilbreth, his wife, and their twelve children around the turn of the 20th century. It's an account, written by two of the twelve children, of the many interesting and humorous events that they witnessed growing up in such a large family. Family life is made even more enjoyable by their extremely unique father who was a pioneer of motion-study, and who did such things as covering the walls of their home with lessons about astronomy, Morse code, etc.

In real life, Frank Gilbreth was the foremost expert in the country on motion study and its effects. Transferring this knowledge to his home life, Frank attempted to raise his twelve children according to his own unique set of rules and regulations. The result was sometimes catastrophic, sometimes brilliant, and always funny. These twelve lively kids make the book fun to read and I loved the variety of stories that made their lives memorable. Every child is so unique and by the end of the book, I really felt that I was part of the family.

I've probably read this book a half dozen times over the past fifty years. It's serious, funny, and sad in some places. I found this charming story to be captivating, motivational, heartwarming, and humorous. There are so many hilarious anecdotes I was constantly in laughter and tears. The book is full of humorous events including family trips in the car which always caused people to stare, family council meetings, and one of the most memorable, a visit from a woman representing birth control who had no idea how large the family was. I highly recommend this wonderful story about an interesting real-life family.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
This was a fun book to read. I used it in my elementary classroom as a read-aloud book. It is always interesting to me to find out a little about how other families work. ( )
  Desdelyn | Jan 13, 2016 |
Hilarious, one of my favorite books when I was growing up. ( )
  iamjonlarson | Sep 29, 2014 |
Cheaper by the dozen, by Frank Gilbreth Jr., Tells the story of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and there twelve children. The Gilbreths were efficiency experts and advised mainly industrial plants. The story focuses on the home life of the Gilberths before Frank Gilberth’s death. He attempted to adapt his efficiency techniques to house hold life. He employed efficiency techniques to things such as: meals, bathing, and studying. He wanted the children to skip as many grades as possible through efficiency. I would use excerpts of this book on the use of motion studies in industry.
As the author was present for the events of the book I would say that most of the material is not made up. However, as some time past between the events of the book and when it was written, his memory was probably somewhat hazy. Consequently, some of the dialog is probably made up. As to information, the events are factual and have been verified through industrial and school records, and interviews with other Gilberth children. The structure of the book is topical and chronological. The book is all narrative text. It tells the story of the Gilberth family. There is minimal expository text. There is some explanation on efficiency techniques but that is all. There are many literary devices employed by the author. He uses: diction, metaphor and telling details to tell the story of the Gilberths. The book has a strong author’s voice. The book has the characteristic style of Frank Gilberth Jr. writing. There is a very small amount of front material, a forward and a preface. However, there is no back material. There is also no visual material the book is completely textual. ( )
  Areamatha | May 9, 2013 |
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To Dad, who only reared twelve children and To Mother, who reared twelve only children.
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Written by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
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No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. And there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank, Jr., in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.

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"The classic story of an oversized family and the parents who held them together"--P. [4] of cover.

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