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This is a memoir about Frank and Lillian Gilbreth written by two of their older children. (They had twelve. How could you guess?) The Gilbreths were a rather prolific team in the business realm also. From 1910 to 1924 (when Frank Sr. died) they were highly respected efficiency experts in the United States and in Europe. Their major contribution in the areas of motion study and efficiency is still referenced today in all major textbooks on management. This book traces their life up to the time of Franks death. Frank, with his humorously dictatorial approach to parenthood, is the central figure. The family also becomes the test arena for many of his efficiency theorems and practices. Lillian, somewhat in the background, is the one who quietly keeps everything in control. This is a whimsical portrayal of life in the upper middle class at the turn of the century. It is an enjoyable book that should never go out of fashionor print.
There is a reason that that only the special few have twelve kids. I was so impressed by Mr. Gilbreth in this memoir. He found so many amazing ways to teach his children will any time that was at his disposal. It was quite intimidating actually when I think of my attempts to teach my children. He really is a role model. His wife was amazing too to go along with all his schemes. This was a great read.
This is a WONDERFUL book written by two children of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, a couple who developed efficiency and safety studies in the early 1900's. This brother and sister team describe the pitfalls of growing up in a family of 12 children, who are guinea pigs for their father's efficiency experiments. Adults and children both will appreciate the humor in the many childhood pranks, and in the embarrassing situations the teens have to deal with, due to old-fashioned parents and too many mischievous siblings.
I find this book just as funny and poignant now as I did when I first read it 50 years ago! If you like humor in a vintage setting, this is for you!
Although the cover shows the movie version (which is nothing like the book!), this book is the original. It is hilarious! I highly recommend this book. It is set in the early 1900s, but written in almost as if the authors were sharing their story with you then and there. A real family book.
This book is a classic. If you're disappointed that the book and movie are different, be disappointed in the movie - the book came long before! I read it growing up and look forward to introducing it to my child in a few years.
This is not the Steve Martin movie version. This is the classic book of the Gilbreth family; mom, dad and their twelve children! Dad is an efficiency expert/engineer and often applies work principles at home with hilarious results. The book also has some very poignant moments as we watch the children grow up and the family deal with trials.
Backcover: No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen re-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert, who believes a family can be run just like a factory. And there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank Jr., at a roadside restaurant, or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat, or having their tonsils removed en masse, will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.
Filled with large family accidents, quirky incidents, and stories to keep you chuckling "Cheaper by the Dozen" is an excellent read. Taking you back through the years to a different era this is a good light read.
Back in the days when the "horseless carriage" was a novelty, there were twelve red-headed Gilbreth children, and they had more fun than a traveling circus. They lived in a great, big, wonderful house in the country, with all kinds of pets, and a large, gray Pierce-Arrow that Dad Gilbreth called "Foolish Carriage." Whenever Dad took the family for a ride, someone was sure to ask, "How do you feed all those kids?" And Dad would reply: "Well, you know they come cheaper by the dozen."