Books by Sydney Taylor

Released: Dec. 3, 1981

"But, again, the warmth of feeling and the general vitality of the telling will effectively counter the didacticism—for many."
When (most of) these stories of Danny and the Jewish holidays appeared in Highlights for Children in the Fifties, Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family series was almost the only presentation of Jewish family life on library shelves; and to explain the holidays, librarians usually reached for Florence Mary Fitch's all-enlightening One God. Read full book review >
Released: May 11, 1978

"A reasonable decision, given her doubts—and a story carefully built on the realities of a warm, supportive home and a rocky show-biz career."
Talented Ella, now 18, has to choose between a tacky vaudeville tour—her lucky break—and handsome, upstanding Jules in this latest expansion of the All-of-a-Kind-Family chronicles (which, in time-sequence, follows Uptown). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 1972

"The unabashed sentimentality is made disarming as usual by lovingly evoked textures of Lower East Side life (the Hebrew school play, the settlement house party, the Simchas Torah celebration) and sympathetic humor."
Sydney Taylor has not lost her touch for recreating the everyday experiences of an early 1900's Jewish family with uncloying warmth and appealing immediacy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 30, 1966

"Good butter and eggs, not enough yeast."
For immigrants to America, the sadness of farewell preceded the joy of arrival and before the Lower East Side came the village in Eastern Europe. Read full book review >
ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY by Sydney Taylor
Released: June 15, 1951

"Although the author's nostalgia for times past weighs heavily now and then to point the story adultward, this is a honey, gentle book, tailor-made for little girls."
The Charles W. Follett Award series stepped off to a sprightly start last year with Carol Hoff's Johnny Texas and this season's offering again features authentic period and regional flavor plus expansive and attractive format, in a loving family story set in 1912 on the lower East Side of New York City. Read full book review >