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Editorial Reviews. Review. “Always entertaining, occasionally hilarious, occasionally touching site Store · site eBooks · Humor & Entertainment. CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. The hilarious, heartwarming classic about America's best-loved family. CHAPTER 1. Count 'em–a dozen carrot topped, freckle-faced kids. Dad, a jovial optimist, successful inventor and efficiency expert is fond of doing his work at home. Mom .
Mykle and I are reading this together right now, and we cannot turn a page without him busting up laughing. The only thing I hate about this book is the cover on my copy, which is a picture from the movie "Cheaper by the Dozen" starring Steve Martin. I HATE this because the movie and the book are completely separate stories, and the image of one should NOT be used to endorse the other; the one and ONLY thing that the family in the movie has in common with the family in the book is that they have twelve children.
That is IT. I would gladly trade my like-new copy of this book for a run-down older version with yellowing pages. View all 4 comments. Yup, still as delightful as it was when I was a kid. Somehow I missed, back then, that Mother, too, was an engineer. And the bonus of re-reading it now is that I can go online and find out that the Time-Motion analyses were real, and even see some of the films and promotional pictures. I would have loved to learn Morse code the way these kids did!
Really too bad Dad died so young, but many men Yup, still as delightful as it was when I was a kid. Really too bad Dad died so young, but many men did back then. Anyway, yes, if you haven't treated yourself to this yet, it's about time you did. Oh, and I have no interest in a movie version. One of my all time favorite books! Although this book was sold to me as a 7th-grader as a "heartwarming" memoir of children raised by an efficiency expert, I realized not too long thereafter that the book presented an insidious hidden agenda.
In real life, the Gilbreth father was an acolyte of efficiency engineer Frederick "Speedy" Taylor , considered the founder of "the theory of scientific management.
While this may have increased the wealth of the owners, and, over time, provided a steady wage for some industrial workers, a fairly decent critique of Taylorism, and in particular management's treatment of workers as replaceable cogs in a well-oiled machine, rather than human beings with inherent capabilities and imagination, can be found in Harry Braverman's Labor and Monopoly Capital.
If I were subjected to the indignities inflicted on the Gilbreth children by their father, I would have gone on strike, or run away from home as soon as possible. The recent Steve Martin movies, of course, have little to do with the raison d'etre of the bookany movie with Steve Martin and Eugene Levy can be guaranteed to yield plenty of laughs. Not so the book.
View all 10 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lovely tale of a huge family with great parents who were masters of economy at home and on the job, both were efficiency experts. It ends sort of abruptly when their father passes at a young age.
This is one of the more hilarious books ever! It's also an incredible history of an incredible family. The Gilbreths are absolutely incredible, and their stories are ridiculous to the point of unbelievability Gilbreth Dad is the best, but I really like Ernestine, too Gilbreth is pretty neat View all 3 comments.
May 07, Sara rated it really liked it. Read this years ago and enjoyed it a lot. I absolutely loved the conviction of the parents for teaching their own children.
I thought my husband was accepting when I put huge pieces of paper up on the walls and drew out pictures of things we were going to learn, but to paint the walls???
The mother was very gracious to allow her home to be used in this manner. I imagine it was a fun time living in their home! How amazing it was to hear of the little ones shouting out answers to the multiplication problems they had learned at the dinner table. The father was never short of anything to say to his children and his passion often spread. When they were learning about sailing, I was reminded of Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. He made the experience so real!
To an outsider, he may have been looked upon as being a bit crazy, but to his children, he was taking them on an adventure! I loved when they all jumped off the ship and swam to shore leaving him behind and only then realizing that he could sail that ship all on his own, but instead had made it a learning experience for them. I think am going to try something similar to his method for teaching my children foreign languages. I will have to listen as well and we will all learn together!
I think it is important to learn another language, and often I wish that I had taken the time to learn Spanish as it would be helpful quite often where we live. Even when they were babies, he tried to get them to swim and do other things.
I thought it was great that he was caught cooing to the baby in the middle of the night. Rather you must try different methods of teaching until you find the one that works. Yet, he was able to teach them efficiency methods of getting housework and other chores done. I loved that he had the older children bond to the youngest ones.
I find it interesting that he closed up that generation gap by making the oldest responsible for the little ones. I thought the end to be very interesting as we find out why he felt he needed to have the older children help out.
I was quite shocked to learn of his heart condition. I loved that he did not go down without a fight and without using every minute to the fullest with the children he loved so much. While we do things a little differently in our home, we can definitely learn much from this family as we strive to give our children the best opportunities in learning and the best education that we possibly can.
I am currently rereading this book, and I still agree with the 5 stars I gave it earlier. Don't be misled by thinking the Steve Martin movie has anything to do with the original story. Here's a brief overview from Wikipedia: The book focuses on the many years the family resided in Montclair, New Jersey.
It was adapted to film by Twentieth Century Fox in It saved me. Humor mixed with love is the thread that binds the story of the crazy antics of this family together. I laughed on every page. Now I'm reading the book aloud to Janna, and we're both laughing. This is a definite keeper and re-reader. It's about Frank and Lillie Gilbreth, pioneers in the science of motion study, and their 12 children. I thought it was wonderfully written and it made me laugh out loud several times.
I love how the children interact with each other and the relationship with their parents. Because the book was set in the early 's, Lillie the mother does seem to defer to Frank quite a bit and doesn't seem to really have her own voice until toward the end of the book. There are also some racial tones and mention of corporal punishment when it comes to disciplining children, but I didn't find it offensive.
There is another book "Belles On Their Toes" that follows this one that I will definitely be reading. May 10, Krissy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved it! View 2 comments. This book was SO much better than the Steve Martin remake of the movie! I loved the book.
The father is an efficiency expert and his attempts to make his family the most organized, smartest bunch of kids on the planet might have been terrible if he hadn't been such a lovable, larger-than-life man. Even though the events took place a hundred years ago literally , the writing style is so lively and fresh, the story never feels dated.
If you get a chance to read it, this book is hilarious. I re-read this book for the third time last night, it's been a few years since I last read it, and I was reminded of how much I enjoy it. It's hilarious! I've always enjoyed this book and wondered what it would have been like to have actually lived with the Gilbreths. I really enjoyed this cute and funny look at a family of 12 kids in the s.
I want to read more books about the family now. View 1 comment. I picked up an ebook copy of this old favorite, which I read so many times when I was a kid.
I still have the fragile orange hardback, which I carefully read to my children when they were little. Murphy; Victrolas playing French and German lessons at bath time "unavoidable I picked up an ebook copy of this old favorite, which I read so many times when I was a kid. O man, I still think about this just about every time I button a shirt. I believe it influenced my decision to avoid having a large family.
Cheaper by the dozen
Y'know, it's interesting growing up in a town of , with a mother who didn't download many books because, after all, we did have a free library. Sure, I guess the adult section was well-enough stocked to keep her busy in the time she could spare from the three of us.
And so many I read over and over aga O man, I still think about this just about every time I button a shirt. And so many I read over and over again. I wonder if this will hold up now that I'm approaching empty-nest This is a great book based on a little, quiet, mediocre family.
I don't want to surprise any first-time readers that there are 12 children, but I guess you'll find out soon enough. Well, in that case, it is not about a quiet family, either since we're talking about 12 children here.
And I might as well just tell you right now that it's also not about a mediocre family. Honestly, it was fun book with many moments where I was laughing out loud. I admire the fam This is a great book based on a little, quiet, mediocre family. I admire the family for being so efficient and systematic, but I know I could never live in such an orderly home.
They are so functional that I am bewildered! Fun book.
I can't imagine having twelve kids though. I adored this book as a child-and as a grown-up was pleased to find out the mother became a successful businesswoman in her own right after her husband's death. Cheaper by the Dozen is filled with loving affection for parents and siblings.
It is a memoir that celebrates the best memories of growing up in a family of twelve siblings with a mother and father who worked together. The household is unconventional due to the "motion studies" the parents run as research, Mr.
Gilbreth's tremendous love of life and laughter, and the unique educational ideas that Mr. Gilbreth uses to rear his children. Mother is a warm and loving character. Sometimes it is nice t Cheaper by the Dozen is filled with loving affection for parents and siblings. Sometimes it is nice to read about happy, loving relationships and look through the rose-colored glasses of an author. The short vignettes filled with humor made this a very enjoyable book to read. This is the perfect book to listen to in the car with your kids on a road trip.
I'd been listening to it on my own, and it came on one time in the car. I went to turn it off, but my 13 year old was intrigued and asked me to leave it on.
A few minutes later we were both cracking up. As much as I love Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt, the movie doesn't do the book justice, especially with Frank's the father's character. This book was much more than a cute story about a large family. Frank loved prec This is the perfect book to listen to in the car with your kids on a road trip.
Frank loved precision and efficiency, and found so many ways to help his family operate in top form. He's super quirky.
He was a dad that might embarrass you on occasion, but he lit up a room and was the life of the party. The best scene is late in the book and has to do with the junior high aged kids finding a love note in a drawer, memorizing it, and singing it in three part harmony the next time their sister's beau comes over.
Highly recommend. A truly charming and heartwarming book about the efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, his wife, and their dozen children - written by two of the children Frank Jr. This book was a massive best-seller back in its day. But as time passed, it went out of print and was forgotten and virtually unavailable for many years. I found a copy tucked onto a shelf at a rented vacation cabin on a lake in Maine; the shelves were simply packed with old books, including many issues of Reader's Digest A truly charming and heartwarming book about the efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, his wife, and their dozen children - written by two of the children Frank Jr.
I found a copy tucked onto a shelf at a rented vacation cabin on a lake in Maine; the shelves were simply packed with old books, including many issues of Reader's Digest Condensed Classics. Cheaper By The Dozen is not great literature, I suppose.
But it's a touching and entertaining window into a time now long gone. Please do not mistake it for the current movies of the same title, which have as little to do with the book as Eddie Murphy's Doctor Dolittle movies have to do with Hugh Lofting's beloved classic books for children.
The movies should be forgotten. The book, on the other hand, is still worth remembering and rereading. Also, in my initial review I was unintentionally unfair to Lillian Gilbreth, the mother of the family; she was a distinguished scientist in her own right, and has been honored by the Smithsonian Institution and was featured on a U. The sequel was Belles on their Toes , and I'll be looking for it - as well as other books by Frank and Ernestine. I love this book. I read it for the first time many years ago and was fascinated.
It's still a great read! I am intrigued by motion study and would have loved to have tried this. I also like the sequel, "Belles on their Toes" which was also made into a movie.
I have an old hardbound edition which was published in I love the following quote at the end of the book-- "There was a change in Mother after Dad die I love this book.
I love the following quote at the end of the book-- "There was a change in Mother after Dad died. A change in looks and a change in manner. Before her marriage, all Mother's decisions had been made by her parents. After the marriage the decisions were made by Dad.
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Sure, I guess the adult section was well-enough stocked to keep her busy in the time she could spare from the three of us. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lillie gave birth to six boys and six girls between and Our Australian Adventure. I laughed on every page.