Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen

Book - 2002
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What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father -- a famous efficiency expert -- who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen.

Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, Cheaper by the Dozen is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.

Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 2002.
Edition: 1st Perennial Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780060084608
006008460X
Branch Call Number: BIO GILBRETH F. Gilbreth
Characteristics: xiv, 207 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Carey, Ernestine Gilbreth

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This is a classic heartwaming tale of how an effeciency expert would raise 12 children. Frank Gilbreth's recounting of his father's discipline and his mother's love makes for a funny, lighthearted tale.

Lighthearted and funny memoirs about a time-and-motion expert and his engineer wife who use scientific principles to raise their twelve children.

No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. There are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.


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Lego15
Mar 23, 2016

I love this book! So funny!!

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caesull
Apr 27, 2014

This book is absolutely hilarious; especially if you listen to the audiobook, which I recommend. The narrator has the perfect voices for the characters. So, listen to the audiobook.
hmm, hadn't realized I made a comment earlier.

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MADKC4Ever
Apr 26, 2014

First off, do NOT expect this book to be the same as the 2003 movie with Steve Martin. This was a book originally written in the 1940's, hardly anything will be the same. That said, it's such a fun book about growing up in a not so average family. If you're younger, you're not going to know about some of the things they talk about, such as teddies. I had to look a lot of phrases and things up. But I still loved it a lot, and everybody should read it in their lifetime, as it's a classic. Some parts you won't believe actually happened, but they all did, and it happened out of love. Fantastic book, love love love!

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maddycpierce
Dec 20, 2013

My all-time favourite book.

_hollister_ Jul 30, 2012

this book was really good but pretty much nothing at all like the movie

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caesull
Oct 12, 2011

one of the most awesome, sweetest, saddest books i have ever read." 6 and 9/10 inches, daddy!"

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jaycar94
May 22, 2011

Some coarse language.

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TONIMOMMY
Oct 22, 2010

BIBLIOGRAPHIC PLUS ENJOYMENT

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TONIMOMMY
Oct 22, 2010

BIBLIOGRAPHIC PLUS ENJOYMENT

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ThePistachioKing thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Apr 26, 2014

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Sep 22, 2008

the sequel is called Belles on Their Toes - with Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Edward Arnold, Hoagy Carmichael, Barbara Bates, Robert Arthur, Verna Felton.

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MADKC4Ever
Apr 26, 2014

"Then, [Dad] would get Martha out of the crib and bring her into the living room. "And this," he'd say, "is the latest model. Complete with all of the improvements. And don't think that's all; were expecting the 1911 model some time next month."

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