Cheaper by the Dozen: Novel-Ties Study Guide

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was watching the attractions for the Steve Martin version of Cheaper By the Dozen and thinking that it looks like the only element they kept from the book was the title and having 12 kids. I really haven't read the book since..... 6th grade? It was my favorite book then. I decided to re read it and it's still really funny. I mean laugh out loud funny. The rest is a charming look at life in a different time.
It's just a wonderful story about Frank and Lillian Gilbreth (I believe he started motion study and invented touch typing, she was a psychologist) and their 12 children growing up around the turn of the century everything in the household is about learning and responsibilty to gently instill responsible behavior in the children as they grow to adulthood. That said I really loved the bit where the wife leaves him with the kids and when she returnes he says he only had problems with that one over there, but I spanked him and that worked it all out and she says he's not one of theirs.
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Dear Reader,
Imagine being one of 12 children. The book �Cheaper By The Dozen� was written by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. The Gilbreth family moved from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey. In this story the dad, who was an efficiency expert, loved jokes, especially when they were on him. The mom was on a lot of church related committees. She didn�t like to go to church on Sundays, because she spent so much time there during the week, but she made everyone in the family go anyway. The church had her recruit newcomers for committees. If people tried to say they didn�t have time because of their kids, she would say she had time with 12 kids. The mother always thought all the kids were individual people. On the other hand, the dad thought they all were one giant unit and had to stay together. The story is about their life and what happens. I recommend this story to teenage audiences because of strong language.
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I had been in a drought of finding a ""good"" book to read. Well, I found it. This book was charming. As opposed to a lot of current / more modern books, this one lacks strong language, sex, murder, stealing, etc., etc. It is a ""good"" book about a large, very large family; their trials & tribulutions and their joy.
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My mother used to read me this book when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's - but when we lost our copy we could never find another one - they were as rare as Hen's teeth - and we definitely wanted another copy. What a relief to see it is reprinted, and to find that the stories are just as funny and wonderful as they ever were.
This is a book about the Gilbreth family; Father, mother and twelve (yes 12!) children. Most especially this is the story of the Father, and his time-motion studies which he applied in work and in life. He was a time and motion expert in the first couple of decades of the twentieth century - travelling internationally and showing the new factories how to improve their production by increasing their efficiency.
This book has been written, with great affection and humour, by two of his children - Frank and Ernestine. I find it truly amazing that not only did the family boast twelve children but they all learned to speak foreign languages, touch typing, mental maths and even morse code - all because their father worked out dozens of ingenious ways to motivate them - although often it was quite reluctantly on their part. Their father was a truly larger than life character who dominates the book with his booming pronouncements and occassionally humbling mistakes - but you can almost see his eyes twinkling with a ready laugh.
This isn't just a book for adults, kids love having the stories read to them. If nothing else there are wonderful tips about how to get your children to want to learn!
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alexandra b
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN is an endearing book, and a book that stays with the reader.
I first read it decades ago, when I was a kid. It already had historic overtones then, and it seems even more historic today.
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (a reference to the number of children in the Gilbreth family) accurately represents life in America in the early years of the 20th Century, a simpler time in every way.
Reading this autobiography by siblings Frank Gilbreth and his sister, Ernestine Carey, one is reminded of those values that combined together to make the United States the greatest country in the history of the world.
The book also transmits a sense of the fun it was to be part of a large family in those long-ago days, and the pride--even the complacency--that came with being citizens of this nation.
The original movie made from this book follows the family faithfully; the recent feature film has nothing to do with the real-life Gilbreth family, other than its title.
So, read CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN and take a trip to a nicer time now far, far away.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Cheaper by the Dozen" is a book full of warmth, love, admiration, and grief. A warning: this is nothing like the 2003 movie "Cheaper by the Dozen." The only common theme is the 12 children. This story will remind you of your childhood days, if you grew up in a large family, or will remind you of one of your parents (or just make you yearn for a large family). Told in a random autobiographical format, you'll be taken through certain highlights of this family's life. What makes it a bigger treasure is that it is told by two of the Gilbreth children. If you're a fan of "Life with Father," then you'll love this story. It's a snappy read, and one that should be read together by families. The last chapter is sad, and a depressing note to end on. Nonetheless, the entire time you're reading this book, you'll have a smile on your face, and a few laughs. I recommend.
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john snead
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth is a classic assigned to me as part of my reading class. Reluctantly I began what I expected to be a painful experience. Having seen a movie with the same title, I assumed this book would be a waste of time, stupid and boring. Thankfully, I was wrong. Other than the same title, the book and modern version of the movie, are completely polar opposites.

Gilbreth is a father of 12 during the early 1900's. He is a white collar professional whose specialty is "efficiency". In order to run this large household smoothly, Gilbreth introduces systems of operation similar to a factory within his home. This book is funny as we watch the children go through their daily grind using Father's grand plans for organization.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend for a quick read.
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chelsea stein
When you are the 226th person to review a 180 page book that was a best seller way back when, you have to assume a bit of humility. You are not going to come up with new insights or new episodes that nobody else mentioned. This book is definitely cute. Some of the stories about the life of two efficiency experts who developed time/motion studies for numerous industries in America and Europe in the first years of the 20th century and had twelve kids are still amusing. You will definitely crack a smile at least. Some of it seems a bit dated, though, seen from the perspective of 2014. A lot of the story takes place before and during World War I when America was an entirely different place. Frank Gilbreth, the hyper-active father, possessed some very original ideas but behaved rather like a genial tyrant, still a tyrant. I felt throughout that it was much better to read about him than to have him as a father! I think his ways could have palled really quickly, but the kids put up with it with only occasional resistance. The two who wrote this book back in 1948 put the best possible light on their family life and infused some trying times with a lot of humor and warmth. No doubt that's why the book went through so many printings, became a movie, created enough interest for a serious biography of the parents, etc. etc. It's an easy read and probably once was good for high school classes. I think today's students look for something a bit deeper with more reflection, but if it's clean humor and a "Life with Father" style you want, this is your book.
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tom butler
Cheaper by the Dozen is a well written biography on the Gilbreth family and all the craziness they go through every day with such a big family. This large family consists of 12 children and a set of parents. All 12 kids-Fred, Dan, Anne, Bob, Bill, Frank, Martha, Lil, Ernestine, Jack, Jane and Mary-all have red or blonde hair and lots of freckles. My favorite character was Mr. Gilbreth. This story took place in Mont Clair, New Jersey and i think that was a very appropriate setting. My favorite part in the book was when Mr. Gilbreth would not let Anne and Ernestine wear make-up, high heels or short skirts. I also liked when the Gilbreths went to California to visit Mrs. Gilbreth's family. There are many more good parts, but you will need to read the book or listen to it on tape to find out about them. What i liked best about the story is that it was pretty funny. I would reccomend it to any one who likes books written with a sense of humor. There isn't any real plot or climax to this story, but that may be one of the reasons I liked it so much. It flows very well and the only confusing part is all of the characters. Overall, it was a pretty good book.
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Cheaper by the Dozen is about twelve kids, the mom, and the dad.

The main character is the dad who is offered the job of a life time in a different city. No one else in the family wants to move except the parents.

They say it will make them a stronger family but it really doesn't. They actually loose their family bond because the parents are always gone.

Mark one of the younger kids felt that he didn't belong in the family so he ran away. The whole family joins together and goes out looking for Mark.

His dad figures he would go to his old house (the midland house) and I'm not telling you the rest because it would be the end of the story!

Why I liked the book

& who I would recommend it to.

I like the book because it is very funny and I can relate to it.

Even though I have 5 people in my family and they have 14!!!!

I would recommend this wonderful book to someone that has a big family and is happy about it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
First of all, this book--the true, original story--has nothing to do with the recent Steve Martin movie.
This book is set in the 1920s in Montclair, NJ mainly and the father of the 12 children (11 lived, but the death of one is not mentioned in this book) is a big, jolly, eccentric and a fascinating possible-genius who works as a consultant making businesses more efficient through his motion studies.
The book is a series of reminiscences as told by two of the older Gilbreth children. They recreate many episodes with full dialogue (which of course couldn't possibly be completely accurate historically) making for easy and humorous reading.
I read this book for the first time when I was a young teenager. I loved it then, and it was perfectly appropriate. I re-read it 20 years later and was surprized at how many of the scenes I'd remembered from my first reading. (If only I could recall much of my schooling as well!) As an adult and now a parent (of a scant 3 offspring), I had a new appreciation for the story this time around. The Gilbreth children are tutored constantly in all manner of subjects by their talented parents, using many novel approaches. This is fascinating to me, as a parent: the teaching meathods, the team-spirit instillation, the overall vibe in a household as complex and successful as this one (the family is rich and all the children seem to have gone on to further success).
This book has been translated into something like 50+ languages and its obvious why if you read it. It is everything an enjoyable book should be. The warmth, intelligence, pro-family team attitude, and wonderful humor would cheer anyone's spirit.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jackie butler marquis
This book kept me interested ever since I started reading it! It is funny and entertaining book for young readers. It is about a family of fourteen who learn how to live and work with each other! They go through things together including getting their tonsils removed and much more! It starts out with the parents getting married and having their first child a year after the wedding. The book talks about every day living together,dealing with each other,and growing up together. They make movies together and travel across the country together.They visit relatives in California and Oregon and play very dirty tricks on them. This is also a sad and touching book. The children deal with losing their father and almost losing their brother. This a very readable book and i recommend this book to any reader!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This is a truly charming book that will make you laugh, cry, and all that jazz. It is a bit better than the movie version, and light years above the stage version. The stories of a family living with an efficiancy expert is funny enough, the fact that there are 12 kids (well, actually 11 b/c one dies of diptheria when she is really young) makes it all the funnier. Unfortunatly, this book is rather dated as is apparent by he considerable racism. (The Parents perform a minstrel show for their children, anything taboo is deemed "eskimo," the sterotypical portrayel of a chinease cook, etc.) Fortuately, this parts are easiyl skipped over, though they really should be cut. Read this book, it is genuinly touching and has some nice lessons about family, but I would recommend editing it before you share it with impressionable young children.
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heather rose
It's difficult for me to imagine that the two Steve Martin movies, which I have not seen, have much in common with this lighthearted, inoffensive book. The memoir recalls the Gilbreth family during the 1910s and 1920s. It was originally published in 1948. The family's misadventures surrounding six boys, six girls, an intelligent but subservient wife and a quirky, intelligent, rotund father are simply a joy. The humor is reminiscent of a simpler, more proper time and is mildly affected by the onset of the Roaring Twenties. It is similar to the storytelling style of James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." A quick, easy read that is a perfect cure for a case of the blues.
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renee klug
I can't imagine living with twelve brothers and sisters and getting along! Actually, I wouldn't call it getting along, I would call it survival! It is about a family of fourteen who learn how to live and work with each other. They go through things together including getting their tonsils removed and much more. It starts out with the parents getting married and having their first child together a year after the wedding. The book talks about every day living with each other, dealing with each other, and growing together. they visit relatives in California and Oregon and play dirty tricks on them! They also go to Nantucket and learn how to swim, do the Morse code, and learn astronomy. The book is also sad and touching. They lose their father and almost lose their brother. It is a very readable book and i recommend it to any reader
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michael pate
The book Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey is a remarkable book about a family with twelve children. This book is full of memoirs from the Gilbreth family. The authors of this books are two of the children in the family, which makes the book even more interesting and exciting. The stories in the book are about the family as a whole, not just the authors Frank and Ernestine. These twelve lively kids make the book fun to read and I loved reading the variety of stories that made their lives memorable. Every child is so unique that by the end of the story, I was able to tell apart the children just by hearing what they did or what they said. I really felt that I was part of the family by the end of the book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
l have never enjoyed reading a book more than this one. My wife and I both come from large families so we can definitely relate to the many comical moments. I found myself laughing out loud page after page. What touched me the most though was the demonstration of love and devotion throughout the entire book. What a great family. Can't wait till I read Bells on Their Toes.
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chris andersen
I would definitely recommend this book to readers. It is very funny and clever because of the colorful conversations of a family of 12 kids and two adults. What I really liked about it was how they were always trying to find new ways to make their lives more efficient, by doing two things at once like brushing their teeth while learning a language or shaving with two razors. The only thing I didn't like was how their father died in the end.

I also liked the family's car, the Silver Arrow, which managed to seat the kids and the adults. Another thing I liked (the most) was the family's father who was constantly making jokes and trying to manage the family.

Overall, it's one of the best books I've ever read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michael niederman
Has a story been so good that it made you laugh out loud? Well Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carry wrote an excellent biography of their childhood titled, "Cheaper by the Dozen." It is a very funny book. It is full of all the adventures the Gilbreth family went throgh in the first two decades of the 20th century.
Can you imagine having to take care of 12 kids and a dog? That would be a pretty hard job. I love reading this book especially when their father (Mr. Gilbreth) was teaching the kids Morse code. All over the house on every wall was Morse code. The kids had to find out what they said. Some would say, "Go to my room and under my bed is a deck of cards."
I encourage any one who loves non-fiction biography to read this book. I am sure you will like it too. If you don't like it in the beginning you should stick with it because it gets extremely good at the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I used to giggle over this book as a kid. It was a huge hit amongst my classmates, and we wore through several copies of Cheaper By the Dozen.
The Gilbreth family of 12 kids, parented by efficiency experts Lillian and Frank, were a bit eccentric and very funny. I still can remember the line one of the kids rapped out to a guest at dinner "Please, we are NOT in the mood for an organ recital." This was the standard reprimand for belching in the family and never intended for public airing.
The Gilbreths were actually serious innovators of efficiency for the new factory assembly lines, figuring out the number of movements needed to complete a task and establishing a unit of work movement called the Therblig. They were also warm, funny, loving parents and their story is a good one to read out loud to kids, who invariably love this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
On my 14th birthday, my sister gave me a book called "Cheaper by the Dozen". It had a picture of some kids in a buggy on the front, and the following summary on the back :

"The reason why Dad had so many children, there were twelve of them, was that he was convinced anything he and Mother teamed up on was sure to be a success"

I took it up the next day, and was hooked in under five minutes. Since then, I have read this book countless times. I still split my sides at the outrageously funny incidents outlined here. I still feel the warm glow of love and affection that surrounds this family in the story, and makes you want to be a part of it.

Dad, Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Mother, Lillian Moller Gilbreth raised twelve children. Both Dad and Mother were pioneers of time and motion study, and they believed that any process that works in a factory should work in the house and vice-versa.The Gilbreth home was a picture of efficiency and regimentation, with charts to monitor brushing of teeth, taking baths, height, weight and with each older child being in charge of a younger child. Dad was a born teacher, and the book tells us of many of his innovative and interesting teaching techniques. Each incident brings to light new sides of Dad and Mother. Dad was the planner, the motion-study expert, and Mother was the psychologist, the one who settled all the fights. Dad was a natural teacher and Mother was a natural story teller. The book is dedicated:

"To DAD, who only reared twelve children, and To MOTHER, who reared twelve only children"

Cheaper by the Dozen is an enchanting window into childhood, a story of order in terrific chaos, often transporting us back to our own childhood, and often making us wish that we too were a part of this big rambling family. Personally, this is easily among the Top 5 books I have ever read. I find myself laughing along with it, and a feeling on contentment steals over me. I strongly recommend this book to all book-lovers, to all parents, and to anyone who wants a good laugh and some cheering up!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kay cooper
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and came to love the characters. Father was larger than life and Mother provided the warmth.
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This summer my Mom read me this book. It is really funny and I highly recommend it. At the end it was really sad -- the Dad died. But don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful book. After this book, we started reading the sequel, BELLES ON THEIR TOES.
Note from Mom: This is a favorite book from my childhood and I was happy to read it to my child. I was struck, however, with how arcahic much of the language and many of the concepts seem in the nineties, and I was glad to be able to explain them as we went along. (I never noticed this when I read the book in the early 1960's.) Although much about this book seems old fashioned now, the delightful characters transcend all time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This book was a lot of fun to read. It is about the Gilbreth family and includes many funny instances of their growing up along with the background of how their parents got set on having twelve children. I enjoyed the different instances of trouble making and growing up the authors included. I am glad I did not finish the book in a public setting however as I had grown to attached to the characters by the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
First the confession: I had a role in the Roosevelt Middle School production of Cheaper by the Dozen in 1972. Rereading this young adult classic, I was struck by three things. One was the amount of stagecraft that any parent puts into his parenting, whether conscious or not. To our children, we are larger than life, even when we are embarrassingly insignificant. Two, modern management was invented by ambitious engineers like Frederick Taylor and Frank Gilbreth. And three, the technological changes that happened a hundred years ago were at least as significant as the ones of the last decade. There was one technology that the book mentions that didn't survive the Darwinism of the marketplace. Who knew that you could put whistle on the exhaust pipe of a car, the same way you do on a teakettle?
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My husband and I spent a lot of time driving on our honeymoon and we stopped at a bookstore in the first town we stayed in. We had been talking about having children and I remembered loving this book as a child so we purchased a copy and I read it aloud to him as we drove. It was so fun and we loved talking about how we would raise our own children. 13 years and 6 kids later (we opted for 1/2 a dozen, not the full dozen) we still talk and laugh about it and now my oldest two children (ages 11 and 9) have read it and love it as well. It's a fun mix of funny stories along with some serious ideas of how to make a large family run more efficiently.
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noushin afrashteh
Cheaper By the Dozen
Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
P. 6
Cheaper By the Dozen is about a family with twelve children by Frank B. Gilbreth and Erenstine Gilbreth Carey. The father of the dozen, is a man that's headstrong, funny, and agreeable. He is a father that is happily situated in a crowd of children. Lillie, the mother, is a strong woman that specializes in Psychology. She is the one in the household that would dry the tears, resolve arguments, and give hugs and kisses to her twelve kids. The parents are a couple that usually agrees with each other. The father gets upset at anyone that hurts his wife's feelings gets punished. Together they raised Anne, Mary, Erenstine, Martha, Frank, William, Lill, Fred, Dan, Jack, Bob, and Jane.
As the kids grow up, they became very educated by their father. Everywhere they went, he would stop and explain how the object came into being or it's significance. Mr. Gilbreth taught them how to use a typewriter, multiply two-digit numbers quickly, and skills to help study for school better. Lillie taught her children her wisdom, strength, and skills that are needed in everyone's daily lives. The family has committees with each other to discuss different matters of the family. Matters that was discussed, was getting a dog, what kind of new rug to get, and the kinds of clothes that they were allowed to wear. The dozen children always play with each other and become very close. In the end, Mr. Gilbreth dies by the fault of his heart problems that he has had for years. After his death, Lillie took her husband's job and continued to raise her family.
My favorite part of the book is when the author talks about the Jazz age. During this time, Anne asks to able to wear shorter skirts and underwear, silk stockings, bobbed hair, and pointed shoes. The father rejects this new fashion because he thinks it's wrong to have your bare knees showing and have underwear that you can see through. Anne decided to cut her hair short and resulted to make her father very upset. This is my favorite part because she stood up for what she believed in. Anne didn't so this for herself , but did it to help her younger sisters to wear the things that they wanted. In my opinion, she has been brought up well if she did something that would to upset her parents for the benefit for her siblings.
I chose this particular book because I wanted to read something that I myself would never experience. To be part of a family with twelve kids was something that I'd never be a part of. As a started to read this book, I was amazed at how the parents controlled their children. Every single child was happy, educated, and loved each other. This tale showed me the high and low points in a large family. My favorite character was the mother because even her husband died, she stood strong and continued to raise their family. Cheaper By the Dozen is a book that shows how a family endures the casualties in life, but stays together.
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This book is abut 2 parents that have 12 kids and how they raise them. The father is a motion study person. And the mother is a philologist. The parents a re from two differ types of back rounds. The mother is from a rich spoiled type of family. And the father is from a not rich not poor family. And the kids don't have allowances but they earn the money. I will not tell you how they get it, that is for you to find out. The book is also about how a family has a tough time in a new place. I personally would recommend this book to a friend. It is funny, sad a bit. Over all it is a totally good book.
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I haven't seen the new movie version with Steve Martin--I understand it has received mixed reviews and is quite different from this book. However, if the movie encourages a new generation of readers to discover this book, then hurrah for it--because this is a book worth reading. It's been years since I last read Cheaper by the Dozen, but I must have read it dozens of times as a child and adolescent. It is the story of a family with, yes, a dozen kids, growing up in the early part of the twentieth century. The father, Frank Gilbreth, is an efficiency expert who applies his theories to his built-in test group--often with hilarious results. It is an exceedingly funny book, but also touching and at times very sad. The sequel, Belles on Their Toes, carries on the story, focusing on the oldest daughters (one of whom is the author, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey). Both books were also made into wonderful movies in 1950 and 1952, starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy.
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cynthia adams
This book is about a family called the Gilbreths finding the best way to live. They have 12 children. All these children care for many different things and are different ages.They face many differnt obstacles. This family probably is like yours but maybe a little more funnier. You'll laugh by reading this book. The movie is a little differnt from the book. There are two versions of Cheaper by the Dozen. Reading this book will definately remind you of families and your own family. So if your ready for some laughs read Cheaper by the Dozen. If you liked the movie you'll love the book.
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Cheaper by the Dozen, written by Frank B. Gilbreth Carey, is a marvelous book. In this story the Gilbreths usually stay around the house, although sometimes they go on "field trips." The main characters are Anne, Bill, Lill, Dan, Ernestine, Jack, Mart, Bob, Jane, Frank Jr., Fred, and Martha. Anne is the oldest,then Ernestine, Martha, and so on. They all have red hair and tons of freckles.
Can you imagine having TWELVE children to look after? Mom (Lillian Gilbreth) and Dad (Frank Gilbreth) try to juggle this task. The reader would like this book because it is about a family that has a barrel of fun and adventure. The reader would also like this book because it is funny at times, but serious at the right moments. If you read Cheaper by the Dozen, you'll never regret it.
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sue harper
The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's funny and will make the reader understand how a super large family really can make it financially.
I read this book the first time because it was required in junior high (now known as middle school). I just read it again with my teenage daughters to maybe bring some understanding to them about saving time and money and that time is money. This father is the king of creative spending and overlapping chores to save time.
A very enjoyable book to read. This is an excellent book to co-read with your children of any age and might help you get a few frugal points accross to them.
It's a comical read laced with some very neccesary ideas of financial knowledge.
This is a quick book to read, and in my case a shared time of family financial understanding. Don't pass up reading this fun book. It'll make you laugh and think..."That's a good idea." reading about dad's fanatical penny pinching ways.
A great story that everyone should read.
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This book is great, funny, and descriptive and tells the true story of a 12 kid family and all their adventures. Cheaper by the Dozen tells about everything the family did before the dad died. This book also has the kid's point of views with the adults. Probably the best part of the story is when a boy is at Ernestine's window and they pull a prank on him. They threaten to burn down the tree along with him he was so scared, that he ran away crying! It was really sad when the dad died. Everyone almost never talked. The mom was never scared anymore and was really harsh when someone did a bad thing.

Despite all the troubles, this is an excellent book.
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natalija malba i
Hello I grew up in a family with six kids. That may or may not be huge family to you. When I first read this book I was about fourteen. I couldn't put it down!!!

The new movie STANK!!! I didn't even go see it! Did not follow the book at all! And the book was a true story!

The father is a big man and made his money by saving people time. For example doctor's in surgery now use the nurse's to pass them their tools, look at your keyboard he put the letters in their postion,and there might have been a new way to remove tonsils, but that is a story you'll have to read in the book.

The mother grew up in a rich family. She was easily frightend but she wasn't a scardy cat either. She went along with the father's ideas and fully supported him.

The kids all learned the value of time. They also loved pratical jokes and were like any other kid. The older girls were embarrassed by their little siblings.

Well I really enjoyed the book! Hope this helped!
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I am eleven years old. I loved this book because I like kids. I liked how they used efficency to ,ake the family run smoothly. The day Mr. Gilbreth died Junr 14 was when I had a surgery. My mom read the book when she was a kid and so dod my substitute teacher. I am trying to find the video. I have the audio version and the sequel. I am a big fan. It is set in an interusting time peirod. I loved it when he called the canarys Shut Up and You Heard Me. Also when he taught the kids Morse Code and... Oh I loved it all. You shuld read it it is a fun book!
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Worst recording ever - couldn’t even listen 5 minutes!!
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noah sussman
Cheaper by the Dozen, written by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernstine Gilbreth Carey, was published in 1963. I found this charming story to be captivating, motivational, heartwarming, and humorous. It was written with a casual historic format. It was based on a true story and reflected outstanding personal ethics. The story was coiled around the father of twelve children, Frank Gilbreth Sr., who was in the business of "motion study" which he was very good at. Motion study was said to be finding the way to make-work quicker and more efficient. The day that Frank had proudly taken his wife's hand in marriage he had told her that he wanted to have 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls. The tale was a telling of how the young couple got to that point and what happened from there. Three of this books main aspects which added to its splendor were the emotions portrayed, the experiences shared with the reader, and the originality of the whole anecdote. I would easily recommend this story of family love, hardships and success to any person.
This book was an emotional story of a large family and its path. I found there to be many emotions that were experienced while reading the book. Many emotions were such that made you react and think. Frank had a very evident pride of his family which was touching to the reader and showed much character. This was shown more than once when he had a business partner over and "whistled assembly" to show how fast his children could present themselves. The ending was a sad and unexpected one that didn't give an immediate positive impression on the book. The ending, which I will not give away, was shocking to me but it caused a realization of how strong and together the family was through good and bad times. The emotions portrayed by the characters played a large role in the theme of the story and added much to the end product.
Individuality and character were expressed by the Gilbreth families' experiences. The occasions that I couldn't relate that I read about to were fun to learn about. For example, I was constantly entertained by the idea of having 11 siblings, which I have never experienced. The aspect of unusual experiences added an unexpected flavor to the book and gave it a stand out quality. Often in the story the authors would write many examples and details giving the reader an inclusive feel, like you're actually experiencing the event, that you don't often find with books. The addition to the book of multiple incidents, some out of the ordinary and others everyday, put a positive influence on the book Cheaper by the Dozen.
What made the book irresistible for me was its originality. It made it into the type of book that you have to keep reading. You can't put it down until you're finished. Several times I found myself being amazed at the setting of the story. It was so different in every way that it was for me contrary to everyday life. Another aspect of the story was that the authors were so open and detailed in their writing that the reader felt compelled to learn more about the family and what they are like now. The quality of originality found in this book has caused the book to stand out in my mind, and alter my actions for the better in areas such as time management. If the book had been blasé it would not have been the success that it truly was.

Cheaper by the Dozen was a humorous story that was a joy to read and share with others. The book, contrary to others that I have read, was entertaining. I walked away feeling as if I had received advice from a close relative who had an interesting tale to tell. The last several lines of the book, where a reporter asked Frank Gilbreth Sr. why he wanted to save time and what he used his spare time for, really caused me to react emotionally because they put a finishing coat on the book that couldn't have been done better. This book comes highly recommended from me to anyone who has a desire to read something worthwhile and wholesome with a flare of comedy.
This is what Frank Gilbreth Sr. said in reply to the reporter's question:
"For work, if you love that best...For education, for beauty, for art, for pleasure...For mumblety-peg, if that's where your heart lies."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I really enjoyed this book. It is the humorous story of a mother and father, who is a motion study expert. Together they raise a dozen children. It has funny anecdotes about their real life and all the crazy things they do. The father is always testing his motion study on the kids, and what happens is always hilarious. It also tells about their maritime adventures every summer in Nantucket. Though this family goes through many scrapes and quarrels, they are resilient and always persevere.
I love this book and would recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor wishing for a funny book. This book dominates my top ten list of books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jennifer boyd
The real Frank and Lillian Gilbreth were much more interesting than the Bakers that were portrayed in the recent movie.

This book was written by some of the older members of the Gilbreth clan, so it has plenty of good, old-fashioned laughs. No (real) violence and no sex makes it a great read for all ages. Although the book switches back and forth between years in the lives of this remarkable family, it is altogether well-written. You will want more stories of the Clan long after you finish this quick read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A book that I have read no less than 10 times. It's entertaining and insightful and really a timeless story (although part of its charm is the historical information it provides too). It deals with subjects like family closeness, female empowerment, importance of education, and the loss of a loved one, all with humorous anecdotes and touching stories. As a book that I read both as a child and an adult, I was suprised at things I had missed (or where over my head) in past reads and how much I still enjoyed it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
steve bosserman
if only for a moment in our lives. I've read this work of love cover to cover over five times. I've seen the movie twice (which, by the way, does it only half justice). If you buy nothing for yourself or child but this book, you will have helped further your/his life education in over a hundred ways. I wish you all could feel the emotions I feel when I read Cheaper By The Dozen, and you can. Take time out of your busy day; you must; to capture your own Cheaper By The Dozen. If only, for a moment.
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Cheaper by the Dozen - By Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth
"Cheaper by the Dozen" is the autobiography on the Gilbreth family. What makes the Victorian-era family so remarkable is that there were twelve children, all red-headed, and more remarkably, they were born in just a seventeen year span.
In the early 1900's, the future parents of the children, Frank and Lillie, married. On the honeymoon to California, Lillie asked her husband jokingly how many children they should have.
The response was, "Let's sell out for a dozen. No less."
The book is written by Frank Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth, but the point of view is from all the children.
Life in the household was never dull by any standards. Although it would seem the children would make all the noise, it was usually Frank, who loved being with children and playing games and jokes, sometimes even more than the kids. But most of all, he was proud of his family.
"How can you afford so many kids?", a stranger would ask.
Frank would say, "They come cheaper by the dozen, I guess."
The personality of their father kept the kids sane and well behaved throughout the years of regulations.
But it was not much longer after the oldest, Anne, had attended prom that Frank's long battle with a bad heart started catching up on him. He had known about this problem for several years, but had kept the pressure off his children. The idea of his death was so far-fetched to the minds of the 12 kids that on a sunny Saturday morning when their mother informed them Frank has passed away, it took years for the news to fully sink in.
Lille Gilbreth took over the successful business of industrial engineering her husband had started upon his death.
Most importantly, the family stayed together throughout the years of struggle that followed the tragedy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eric tonjes
I thought this book was full of excietment and fun to read a real thriller!!!! It got you on the edge of your set and kept on hanging!!!! I will read this to my kids and I am sure they will love it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I wish every one felt the way I did and would scroll up and by this book, not because I told you or someone else but because you want to share the wise teaching this book has to offer. Don't let this book pass you by!!! So buy it today!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amrut stiltskin
This was my second time reading this book, and as so often happens, I found different things to laugh at, and events I didn't remember at all. Those parents could have certainly taught me a lot. I recommend it to anyone who is a parent, a grandparent, or who has parents. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Frank Gilbreth, a man of great pride and confidence, always sought the respect and attention of everyone and always looked to stand above the crowd. Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey write a comic-filled Cheaper by the Dozen to tell of all the adventures of growing up in a family of fourteen. There is no other man more capable of raising twelve children than Frank Gilbreth. Being a world-famous efficiency expert, Frank often used the children as guinea pigs to test out his different theories. He put the newborn baby Anne into the bathtub because he thought newborn babies could instinctively swim. When Anne could not swim he took her out of the tub and looked at the nurse and said, "Now if it had been a boy."
His ability to never show a sign of weakness helped to keep him one step ahead of his children. It is one laugh after another as Mr. Gilbreth tries to control his circus of children. With each adventure you can't help but fall more in love with the Gilbreth family. Cheaper by the Dozen is a classic tale of fond memories of growing up in early America, but like the Gilbreth family, continues to stand above the rest.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book is about a family that consists of twelve kids! The family moves and the kids are very excited. The book is full of adventors and excitment. Twelve kids, A caring mother and a srict father can make a pretty interesting household... and life! There is two versions of the book and a movie based on the books. Although the movie and books are a little different, people of all ages can enjoy! Many people, even adults have read both books and saw themovie, and loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anne garcia
This book was hilarious! I couldn't put it down. The Gilbreth's book about their childhood, their ten other siblings, and their bizzare yet charming father was surperb.
Each chapter was like a short story that was filled with humor. This book was so funny, I laughed aloud.

If you like comedy or you think your family is strange, I hope you read this book. I know you will enjoy it. I hope to read Belles on Their Toes, the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen, soon.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fede ortuvia
I don't know why they would put a picture from the recent movie on the cover of this classic had NOTHING to do with this book. The movie was stupid; this book is GREAT. The amazing Gilbreth family shares hilarious and heartwarming stories about growing up with parents who basically began motion-study (figuring out how businesses could do things in less time). This is one to read out loud to the kids. They will laugh and laugh...and so will you. :^)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
girts solis
I got this book as a gift and I'm really glad because it is one of the best gifts I have got so far. This book depicts the way how a big family can make their daily life more interesting. They enjoy their holidays together by playing fun and interesting games. And the stress on efficiency somehow urges people like us to be more productive. simple English, I would say that this is a book that is worth reading not once.....but as many times as you want.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This has been one of my favorites since I was 13. I found it in a thrift shop and nearly split my sides reading it while waiting for my mother to have her hair done. I'm many, many years older,now, and it's been through 13 moves and to Europe and back,and it's still on my bookshelf along with two sequels. Didn't bother to see the movie once I found out it had nothing to do with either the book or the first movie.

Part of it is sad, as other reviewers mention, but HELLO... it's non-fiction. Read the sequels. They continue the story. This was an amazing family that did very well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yasin gregg
I read Cheaper by the Dozen in class with my classmates and teacher. I find that Cheaper by the Dozen is funny at some parts, like at the begining, and sad in other parts, like at the end. I liked how Dad orginized the house, and tried to save time. One time he made the kids solve large multiblication tables faster than a cauculator!!! It must be alot of fun living in a house with 6 sisters, and 6 brothers, a fat, time saving father, and a pretty, gentle mother.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ay e bucak
The book Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey shows how hard it is to live and raise 12 children. It also demonstrates how families learn to work together in one big group. They worked through their problems by not taking everything so seriously.
One way the book shows how life is a lot harder with 12 children, is by the amount of money the parents have to spend on the kids. For example, the kids clothes, their school supplies, their furniture, their sports equipment, their food and their doctor bills. The parents both have to work really hard to pay for these things and more. The father is able to work through problems without being stressed, and instead of making them serious, he makes them humorous.
The book illustrates how the family works together in a group. For example, the family is able to clean the house in a quicker period of time than a regular family of 4 or 5, even though there is a much, much, much bigger mess to clean up. Their everyday life is full of humor and surprises.
Cheaper by the Dozen is a very funny book. If you want to laugh, I recommend you read this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Format: Paperback,1st ed., 180 pages ISBN: 0553272500 Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Younger Readers Pub. Date: February 1981 Other Formats: Hardback Recommended Age:Third grade and up
Wonderful...Once you start to read the first page you wont be able to put the book down. This perfect way to spend a rainy day. You will be very amused when you read about the hilarious events of the Gilbreth family. The family of twelve children have many adventures you will enjoy reading. The father is almost crazy and a very successful business man. He is very strict and overprotective. He won't let his daughters wear make up or dress the way they like to. They slowly change his mind and begin to dress their way. He thinks his children can do anything and is also believed he could do anything. He loved jokes and laughing and you will love the practical jokes they play on each other. The rich family loves to go to movies then out for ice cream. They also spend their summers at the beach, where their Dad forces them to learn to swim. He wants them to learn as much as possible about everything so he always finds a way to teach them new things. As an efficiency expert he made sure that everything was done in a time efficient way. It was a sin to waste time in the Gilbreth house and he was constantly coming up with new ways to save time. The Dad in the story liked to parade around and show off his kids. Although this was embarassing to some of the kids as they got older Dad found it hilarious. The mother also was sometimes embarrassed or insulted by the attention they got or the comments other people made. This book will keep you laughing right up to the last chapter when Dad dies. The book is a mixture of humor and then sadness at the ending. This is an excellent book that everybody should read. I recommend this book for anyone that knows how to read no matter how old or young!
Dina Bastianini, Pine-Richland High School
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cheaper by the dozen was a funny book about a family that had 12 children: 6 boys 6 girls. Set in the early 1900's, it is written by two of the children. My wife and I laughed on a regular basis as I read it to her. I guess the reason it was so funny is because we could see the stuff happening in our family. Although there is an occasional profanity (thus I won't let my children read it until they are older), it is ONLY occassionally. Some of the ideas that the father had I have implemented in my family. Although seemingly written for younger readers, it is enjoyable for adults (probably more so for adults).
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
janice fagan
The Gilbreth Family is a delight to read about. The Gilbreths have 12 children and the father runs his family like a well oiled machine. As an entrepreneaur, Mr. Gilbreth often uses his family as guinea pigs for his research providing a lot of laughs. As you learn about the highlights of growing up with the Gilbreth family you will find many laugh out loud moments and feel a part of this large and loving family. You will probably see a little bit of your own childhood as well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I actually read this book initially when I was in High School. It hasn't lost its charm any. It's till a good read, even fifty years later.

I also recommend the sequel, Belles on Their Toes.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
amitai gross
This book was recommended as a read aloud for my 6 year old daughter, but I wanted to share my opinion in case anyone else wanted to read it with their child as a read aloud chapter book. The content is, in my opinion, for a much older age range. While it's a funny book, the sarcasm was just too much for my taste and the curse words were disappointing. Especially since my daughter can read now. I would hold off on this as a read aloud for an older age. I will say we stopped reading after a few chapters, so maybe the sarcasm/foul language lightens, so this isn't a review on the book as a whole, but for age. My mom read this book as an adult and loved it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erin lee
Just skimmed a few pages here and there whiten it arrived, it is even funnier than I remember. Mr and mrs Gilbert were trailblazers in well as warm, loving and supportive partners . There is a lot to learn from them...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sky bray
Terrific audio! Dana Ivey is the best!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amanda pallotta
I just finished reading this book for the third or fourth time, but it still seems to thrill me every time. The Gilbreth family brings me laughs and entertainment on any day. I am amazed that these things all happened to this particular family, but the book is entirely believable. I would reccommend this book, and its sequel, Belles on their Toes, to anyone who is looking for a good, funny read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
faye kirby
Having a family of fourteen isn't exactly cheaper or easier than just having a family of three or four. Mr. Gilbreth thought it would be though before he and his wife had twelve children. The book Cheaper by the Dozen is a non fiction biography written by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernstine Gilbreth Carey.

The main characters of this book are Mr. Gilbreth, Mrs. Gilbreth and their twelve children. Six of them boys and the other six girls. This book is about the adventures and stories of the Gilbreth family before Mr. Gilbreth dies. The main idea of this story to me is that you should spend your time wisely, try to get as much done as you can in life because one day your time could run out.

The strong points of this book to me are when the twelve kids are getting into each others business, also when there is a lot of action going on. I think twelve to fifteen year olds would be very interested in this book, but both younger and older people will enjoy this book also. I would recommend this book to all readers. Once you have finished reading Cheaper by the Dozen and you liked it you should read Belles on their Toes, the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cheaper By the Dozen is a classic in the tradition of the Little House books. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbreth, experts in motion-studies and industrial efficiency, apply their skills to managing their enormous family. Love, goodwill, and humor spill off the pages. The scene where a sly neighbor sends the unsuspecting lady from the Birth Control League for a visit is to die for.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nate burchell
It's a fantastic book. A hilarious comedy about a family with a dozen children. You join them on Sunday rides through the country, battles in family court, summers at the sea, Father's theories on motion study, having their tonsils out, plus so much more. I loved it. Guarenteed to make you laugh and maybe cry. Kids and adults will enjoy listening to it together....
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kate foland
My twenty-three year old son read this book. He thought it was entertaining and a quick easy read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
suzie homemaker
One of the best books I read in my childhood. I read it many times, and though I was regaled at the adventures of 12 brothers and sisters, I incidently learned much about the early 1900's in the U.S. Everything from the father's life direction of "Motion Study" being pivotal in the development of assembly lines, to his hand in the beginnings of "touch typing," to how it feels to ride in a Packard or to be six sisters dressed all alike in "dusters" makes this book a fascinating trip back in time. While the modern movie with Steve Martin is a sweet and funny look at family life, the original story is a cross-section of both family life and American history.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Tells the stories of a large family and the measures they have to take to make their family operate. Insightful.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
arsenii gavritskov
Cheaper by the dozen was a good heartwarming family book. It was easy to read because it had a very good flow to it. I liked reading it because Frank Gilbreth (the dad) reminded me a lot of my grandfather. The book was mainly about the life and hardships of a family with twelve children. What I found was kind of funny was that if one of the twelve children got a cold or strep throat, within two or three days everyone else would have a cold too. Also since Frank was in the military, the family was very organized and had an assembly whistle. Overall in my opinion the book was pretty good and fun to read. I would highly recommend to book to anyone who likes a heartwarming family book.
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Okay book. Really dragged it out, would have been better if it was more condensed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mayada ahmed
Read this book when I was young and of course saw the movie. Re reading it, I enjoyed many stories and incidents I had missed the first time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
daniel vojta
Cheaper by the Dozen is a great "read aloud" book for all ages. I first read this book to our children when I was homeschooling them. Now that they are grown and have left home, my husband and I are reading it together (he missed out the first time!). We are planning to read the sequel Belles on Their Toes when we have finished.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book is the best book I have ever read. I own it and have read it many times. It kept me interested from the first page and you will not want to put it down. It is about a family of 12 children. Their dad is always thinking of new ways to save time and he thinks that he can teach him and his children anything. The family likes to play practical jokes on eachother and are always having a good time. This book is very interesting and never gets boring.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
helen michelle
Wonderful story, but it needs a lot of editing. Laughed a lot at this family's antics. Reading sequel now. Even with all of the typos, it was an enjoyable read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
While some might consider "Cheaper by the Dozen" to be a children's book, I found it funny and interesting as well. As an only child, it was bewildering to even consider the idea of such a large family! In addition, I loved the father's motion study antics. Recommended for anyone seeking a lighthearted but worthwhile read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stephanie ruby
This book was really great. I read it my Language Arts class. I really loved the book. It was true but at the same time it was very humorous. It really appealed to my sense of taste. It shows the toils of growing up in a large family, and the natural toils of life. I would reccomend this book to any one that enjoys reading!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott hefte
This story comes alive with the reading style of Dana Ivey! It is most enjoyable, and I think I've played it till I almost have it memorized. The nuances and subtleties she brings to an already enjoyable book, make her performance of it something not to be missed. She does the male and female voices so well that you will find yourself forgetting that it is a woman performing all the parts. I say performing, because she adds so much with inflection, tone, and timing that it really is not so much a reading as a one woman show. From the baby talk to the gruff Man Of The House, she makes this audio book far more of an experience than simply listening to a book being read. If you like the book, you will love the audio. You will not be disappointed!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved this book. It is one of my favorites.
There is much to be learned by seeing how this family made it through the trials of raising 12 kids.
One of my favorite stories is how the dad gets the kids to learn the Morse Code during their Summer Vacation.
--George Stancliffe
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leslie koenig
Cheaper by The Dozen is a funny, interesting, and exciting book.
You can learn so many lessons from it if its learning respect or learning kindness. Now I will introduce to you a few of the main characters. Dad is a motion study expert which I think has a very spunky personality. Mom on the other hand has a very quiet endeavor. Their kids, which are 12, all are brilliant, like Anne at the age of 18 is the same smart as Jane at the age of 6. To Mom all The children are different and unique in their own ways. To Dad all the kids are the same. The reason Cheaper by the Dozen is called so is because Dad always asked for cheaper prices because he had a dozen children. This is one of my favorite books and after you read it i'm sure it will be yours too. According to Dad this book is recommended for all ages, to Mom it is recommended for age 8 and up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amy e
I'm a student in Industrial Engineering, and this is the reading book required by our introduction course of IE manufacturing system and service system. I really love it! Not only because the book is easy-reading for me, as an international student, but also its wonderful explanation over IE's fundamentals, tools and skills in a way of funny rising of twelve kids. The experience of living in a large family described in the book is out of my imagination but very very funny and helpful for me to understand the American family as well as IE stuff.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cheaper by the Dozen is a good book for children who like true stories. It is about a family of 14 people and 12 of them are children. My favorite character is Frank. I like Frank because he is independent. The funniest part of the book is when they find Mikes athletic cup in the dish washer. You should read Cheaper by the Dozen.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natalie thomson
While reading this book you will find how a mother deals with her children in many different ways then thier father. 12 chrildren can be a handful but surely an amuseing one. I read this at the age 11. And have found it one of the funniest books I have read that you never want to put down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I felt this story would be a good one as soon as I started reading it. It is practically effortless to read, but offers so much wit and is endlessly engrossing. I have fallen in love with this family; they seem unbelievably wonderful to me. I am glad the authors (two of the twelve Gilbreth children) gave each character its own charming personality without making the story too complicated and definately not dull. The Gilbreth's excursions and adventures will steal your heart, from father's eccentric motion studies to Anne's fashion frustrations. I feel this book is capable of charming any reader of any age. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jimmy c
What a DELIGHTFUL Book... I giggled my way through it and couldn't put it down.
Brilliant characterisation. Simply Delightful
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Loved the movie and now the book. It was well worth the time to read and get a glimpse of a large family and the fun and antic they had.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
margaret pinard
We are a family that loves to be together. In the car sometimes we run out of things to talk about and the radio is not always the best for our 6 and 8 year old. So at the library we saw this and gave it a try. The kids books on tape make my husband and I fall asleep. So we went for this knowing nothing about it. Not big TV watching family. We loved it.We could not listen if not all four of us were not in the van or someone would get up set. It was nice. We still talk about this book on cd about the Dad and the family we have fell in love with. We got Marly and Me and that was nice but this was GREAT.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
colleen parker
This book was one of the best books I've ever read. It talks about the Gilbreth family and about Mr. and Mrs Gilbreth and all 12 children. It talks about the adventures and misadventures of one of the funniest familys today. i love this book and I recommend it for everyone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
danielle rateau
I read the translation of this book and longed to read the original since. It is one of the books which everyone who can read English must read. It is that book which you can open any page and start reading... over and over again. I find it fresh every time I open it and read it. Thanks to both the authors for writing it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
barbara webb
Great stories about a large family in first quarter of the 20th century.
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zack brown
The title of this book should have been "Dad". Fun, happy, and raucous. Good, quick read for some real entertainment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rochelle smith
As far as biographies go this is a great one - never dull, highly amusing anecdotes and is still obviously accurate. Has the rare quality of making you laugh while still maintaining huge respect for the work of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth. A "must read"!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This an oldie but a goodie. Read this year's ago, but still holds up today as a window on a far more innocent time. A for the good old days!
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jeanette thomason
I am 13, and I first read this book when I was 11 and just finished re-reading it for about the 8th time or so. This is such a great book! It is about a motion study expert and a psychiatrist who marry and plan to have 6 boys and 6 girls, which they do: Anne, Mary, Ernestine, Martha, Frank Jr, Bill, Lill, Fred, Dan, John, Bob, and Jane. They each have their own adventures; Anne with having the most resposibility, Ernestine and touch typing and many more funny adventures, all lead by their crowd-loving and humerous father.
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michael webster
This is truly a classic biography as well as a howling comedy about a family of 13: parents Frank & Lillian 11 kids, a handyman, various relatives & their employees, numerous livestock, pets, and incidental swains of the girls as they got older. It's only major fault is - it's WAY too short! Everyone should have a copy, to read, & re-read, & re-re-read. I've worn out 6 copies of mine.
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thanh huong
What do you get when you put together 12 children and a mother and father? You get a heart warming tale about a family of fourteen living in the late nineteen twenties, who deals with the struggles that all families go through. The father is in motion study, which means he makes ways to do everyday stuff faster. The mother is a psychiatrist. It's great and funny story for all ages to read and enjoy, and anyone with a big or little family can find something to relate to the things that happen in the book. I would recommend that everybody read this book. I would give this book a four and a half star rating.
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I never knew the story behind the movie. The book is so much better and highly entertaining. I couldn't put it down.
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This is a really good book. I have had the same copy since I was 11 yeas old and I am now 24. I have the hardcover edition first printing in 1948. The only problem with it is that it skips around one chapter will be when the children are older and the next seems like it is from a few yeas before. It is about a family of 12 children the father is an effencicy expert and the mother a psycologist. There are six boys and six girls. it is fun to read about their adventures and the way their father taught them. The book ends when the father dies. I have never read the second book "With belles on their toes" but I would like to. --sorry about the spelling.
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heather stoner
I enjoyed this book alot!!! It is definintly a must read! This book is nothing like the Steve Martin & Bonnie Hunt Cheaper by the dozen movie. You sympathize with the children in this book if you come from a large family. I would highly recomend reading this book!

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maria mouk
This charming story is great research for anyone directing the play "Cheaper By the Dozen" or anyone interested in social climate of a large family in the era before television, DVD's and ipods. Well written, an easy read.
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kanta bosniak
I think it was a good book to read about because I never saw anybody with that many kids. I would recommend this book to my mom because she has four children. When I would read it I would say to myself who would want 12 kids?
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Famous memoir about Frank Gilbreth (a pioneer in motion study) is not only funny but interesting as a period piece; America in the 1910's. Easy reading.
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shauna hulsey
Cheaper by the dozen is a great book for all ages! It is so funny. The part I liked most about it is that it was so real and easy to believe. All families has little quirks, but this one is extra special. With 12 kids you have to have a lot of stories to tell. This is one of my favorite books I have ever read and I am very picky about this kind of thing. I really think that you should read it. It also is one of those books that you can't put down. Try not to let the number of pages worry you. It seems so much smaller than it is when you read it!
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juli cheer
I really liked this book cause if i ever had that many kids i might go crazy. HAHA! well I read it about a year ago and couldn't put it down till I was finished it ended really weird but the kids who wrote were acutally writing it from their memories, friends, and relatives. I know Frank was only about 8 years old when the story started and when his dad died he was 10 years. I really recomand this book to any kid in the high school grade level cause it will have alot of hard words for the younger kids.
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nad ge
I read Cheaper by the dozen for my fith grade reading list. I thought it was funny and sad. My friend read the book at the same time she thought it was great too. I am eager to read the sequel Bells On Their Toes
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scott baker
I thought this book would be long and boring, but, thankfully, I was proven wrong. I listened to this book on CD on a long airplane flight and it helped pass the time and was fun to listen to. I enjoyed the humor and craziness of the adventures this large family went through. I recommend this book for all ages!
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a tiffyfit
Cheaper by the Dozen is probably one of the most exciting biographies I have ever read. It is about a dozen children who are raised in the 1910's-1920's by two "motion study" loving parents, who have them do some pretty strange things, such as: listen to French and German language lessons while taking baths, give sealed bids when asking for a job, and initial work charts. The book is full of humor that keeps the reader interested. If you're in for a humorous biography, this is the book for you.
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juli kinrich
This book is so funny and I loved it! Recommend for all ages! Thank goodness there's a sequel!
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jason pyper
Cheaper By the Dozen is a classic in the tradition of the Little House books. The scene where a sly neighbor sends the unsuspecting lady from the Birth Control League to visit is to die for.
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kelly amstutz
I thought this book was a good book to read. I also learned not to judge a book by its cover cause it is much better than you would think by just looking at it. I recommend this book to those who love to read and would enjoy a book about the lives of 12 young children and two hardworking parents living i the same household. I also recommend this book to people who would enjoy a good joke once in a while since Mr. Gilbreth was a very funny person. If you read this book I'm sure you'll agree.
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allison grindle
What do you get when you pull together 12 children, a hardworking father, and a loving and understandable mother? You get an interesting and hilarious book about family and life. Most people back in the early 1900's had rather small of average sized families. However, there was one family in particular that was rather large. "The more the merrier," Frank Gilbreth always said. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, is about an abnormally large family with a mother, a father, and 12 children; six girls and six boys. Not only are Frank and Ernestine's children intelligent, but also at times trouble makers. What makes this novel so interesting is that it not only tells the story of twelve individual children but also the story of how they help and grow together as a family.
This book takes place in Montclair, New Jersey in the early 1900's. I think that I found it a little more interest in this book because Montclair is close to where I live. If the setting was in a different state I probably wouldn't be able to relate to such details like the weather and area where they live. Also, when you have 12 children, I believe it would be better to have more open land and not as many busy streets like in New York. If the setting were different then the story would have changed because of the location. This is why I believe the area or setting is more reasonable in Montclair, New Jersey than in a busier area like a city.
One of the main characters in this book is Frank Gilbreth, the father. Frank is an over-achiever, even with his children. He is always pushing his kids into getting good grades, and even skipping grade levels. Frank and his wife Ernestine raise their children by discipline and rewards when they have good behavior. Frank believes in sometimes punishment and Ernestine agrees with him throughout the story. This story is very understandable and believable because it deals with real life situations such as the natural brother and sister arguing. What also makes this book interesting is that the author uses details such as how the father takes such interest in his job (Motion Study Director) that he brings it home. He tries to see how much faster he could make (for example) washing the dishes. Throughout the book author keeps a steady plot, there is not really any twists or surprises until the end. However, even though the ending is surprising, it makes the story unexpectable. The ending was the most interesting part because you did not see it coming, however the ending made the book tie in at the end. I enjoyed the book especially with the unexpected conclusion.
My favorite characters from the book are two of the main characters, Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth, mother and father. Frank is a rather tall man who dresses nicely, is successful, a Motion Studies Director, and a proud father of 12 loving children. Ernestine is a average sized woman who agrees with Frank most of the time, and rarely believes in punishment. She is also a proud mother and wife. The main character, Frank, changes by the end of the story because he realizes that the children always try their hardest on what they do including school work. Also, I felt like I could relate to what Frank does towards the end of the book. Anne, one of the oldest girls, is asked to prom by a guy from her school. Frank is unsure about this boy so he goes to the dance, with Anne and her date. To me, this is something I can relate to because it sounds like something my dad might do.
This book was very enjoyable and interesting. Some lessons I learned from this book are to appreciate the things you have. For example, the children have certain hammy downs and clothes that they have to wear. Also, with all of the children in the house not everyone gets their own personal time with their parents or other siblings. This easy flowing novel is a great book for middle school children to relate to because it deals with some of the problems people do too! I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more novels with this kind of plot or by the same author. I can't wait to pick up another Frank Gilbreth book! '
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christine jensen
I loved reading this book. I laughed and cried and laughed some more! I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this to anyone. I truly wish I had known these people, what a great childhood and family life they must of had :)
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nina moyers
Cheaper by the Dozen is a good book for all kinds of ages. It shows the love and care between the Gilbreth family. They show the love between one another and never fight among each other. They work hard and are very talented in school. This book is very well written and I enjoyed reading it. The only downside was that it was focused on the father only and not any of the other family members got much attention. Overall it was great and I give the book four golden stars!
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My dad read this book to us when we were camping, and it had the whole family laughting.
Well written, it is for you if you like stories about hilarious kids.
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h beeyit
Cheaper by the Dozen is the epitome of belly-laugh reading. It'll make you roll on the floor laughing. From the Therbligs on the ceiling to Dad being tricked into staying for the late-night movie, you'll love it! I highly recommend this book and I hope that you will read it.
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yj soon
I thought this book was full of excietment and fun to read a real thriller!!!! It got you on the edge of your set and kept on hanging!!!! I will read this to my kids and I am sure they will love it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I wish every one felt the way I did and would scroll up and by this book, not because I told you or someone else but because you want to share the wise teaching this book has to offer. Don't let this book pass you by!!! So buy it today!!!
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Cute story. Quick read.
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alison crowley
Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth, is an excellent book because is makes people who read it laugh. For example, one time father yells at the people on the sidewalk and calls them funny names. The reason this is so funny is because you don't often see grown men yelling at each other in public. Then there is the time that Lillian bobbed her hair on her own. This is funny because the results are disastrous. This book should be read by all middle-schoolers who enjoy a good laugh.
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this is by favorite book of all times! it's so funny, if you havn't read it you should definitly buy it and read it!
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I love this book! It doesn't matter if it's the 1990s or 1920s, everyone can relate to the issues of growing up, visiting relatives, dating, etc. I got the book since I am directing a stage version of it. The cast and I have had lots of fun "researching" details of the story. The book is very easy to read without being patronizing. I definitely recommend it to "children" of all ages.
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justin barnette
This book was really good, the end was a little depressing but I thought that it was really funny and a great book for kids ages 4-7th grade.
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patrick lyra
An absolute favorite. I'm working my way towards a dozen times reading it through the years.
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This book was funny although not good enough to be a can't-put-it dowm book. But it had its humor points and all-in-all the book wasn't bad. The Gilbreths' childhood is a memorable one, and if you're the kind that love humourous bios, then this is the book for you! I appreciate the book's educational value and commend it! I promise you that you will enjoy reading this book, if nothing else.
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My mother read this book aloud to my three siblings and I on a long road trip, and we loved it! Even my dad, doing the driving, asked to read "one more chapter" when her voice started to crack. You will not regret purchasing this book, and its sequel Belles on Their Toes is equally wonderful. Happy Reading!
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This is a fantastic book!
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martha truby
I read this book many, many years ago, when I was 10 or 11 (believe me that was long ago). It helped to establish my philosophy of life, that is, to be effecient in all that you do. His humorus approach to common sense and practicability is enlightening. A must for any youngster with a compassion for resourcefullness
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i read this book , since i was in the elementary shcool.(it was translated to Thai) Not much understood. but i like 12 children in the same family. it was fun.i repeat read at least once per year. when i grow up and work in the industrial field. i understand all the story. and make me more appreciated to this book.
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antonio tombolini
Overall the book was good. I thought Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth was a funny book. I would highly recommend it to everybody bacause it is a good book. The reason I would recommend it to everybody is because it doesn't set a bad influence on little kids. This book is a very good book.
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alyssa brigandi
This is definitelt one if the very best booksi've ever read, I believe that you will never be able to put the book down aafter you read the first page. It is about a huge family , of 14,living in the suburban area of Montclair. The 12 kids are brought up by "Motion Study" parents .
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sara shaw
I read Cheaper by the Dozen more than 20 years ago in Thai edition. And I bought it to all of my friend for presents. This is a book you must have in your house. Now I am about to buy the original/English version. I still read it every time I found it at the bookstore. I love this book.
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If you like hilarious books, this is one of the best. I have read it at least a dozen times (no pun intended). I'm sixteen and while my friends read stupid trashy romances, I read fun stuff like this. So forget what the cool kids read and read something satisfying!
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This is a great book for both parents and kids! It explains how hard parenthood and childhood could be. I would totally recommend this book for all ages.
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m o l i
This book was great!! We read it for 8th grade Language arts, and I absolutely loved it! It is very funny, and the stuff that happens is so wacky that you have to remind yourself that this is a true story. I would Definatley reccommend this book!!
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janie lange
It's an awesome book! It's so funny! It's hard to beleive that it's a true story because the whole thing sounds too perfect and happy to be true. If I ever have a big fmaily, I'll know where to look for instructions on taking care of it :)
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jes lowry
Most people wouldn't agree with me, but I found reading the story depressing. From my parents' generation and beyond, they're hardly had anything. So as I was reading, I would think of what my grandparents were doing during the time that the Gilberths are laughing away and watching the movies. I gave it a four because it is pretty good and funny, and the way it makes me feel is only to me.
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irena k
great comedy,fun
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vivian phan
My 10 and 11 year old children Quieltly listened to this tape for 6 hours on our last day long drive. My wife and I too found the story very engrossing, funny and a good look at life in the early 1900's.
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rub n rodr guez
I just finished reading it ten minutes ago! I loved it! It has changed my life. I hope I can have such awesome experiences with my own five children! What an amazing family! Truly uplifting and inspiring! I will definitely read it again and again.
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suzanne reese
This story about the childhoods of the Gilbreth children holds a special meaning to me, because my dad has 12 in his family, too. It kind of tells me what it might have been like, how crazy it would've been! Thanks.
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Excellent reprint of the 1940's classic with an interesting new foreword by Ernestine that brings us up to date wrt the main characters (particularly siblings.) Highly recommended!
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Has always been a favorite of mine
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tony cohen
Good Book
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