RAISING A RIOT by Alfred Toombs


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The terrain of Cheaper by the Dozen, not in strict parallel but presumably in the hopes of attracting that audience, this tells of another father and his children- this time it's only three -- as Al Toombs returned from the wars to take over all alone the raising of and caring for his young. Taking Larry, 10, a ""self-propelled appetite"", Lynn, 7, and Janie, 4, to a somewhat unsteady cottage in Maryland, Toombs took over the entire job of housekeeping, put in a 140 hour week of laundry, cleaning, and the ordeal of meals which he upgraded in time from frankfurters to chicken. He also tried various systems of harnessing his child-power, abandoned them for ""no system"" -- progressive; spent a winter in Florida to escape the truant officer; went through chicken pox, the death of their dog, no heat, an overwhelming birthday party, to return to Maryland where he added gardening and plumbing to his responsibilities. The many headaches, and stomach aches, which attended an enterprise such as this-in fairly funny recall- but not for quite the big market as its predecessor.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1949
Publisher: Crowell