Cheaper by the Dozen

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  • Title: Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Author: Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • ISBN: 9780553115284
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

      Goodness, I loved this book when I was a young teen, and I read it more times than I can count. I still have the ancient paperback copy of this book and its sequel, Belles on Their Toes, on my basement bookshelves. It's worth grabbing on sale if you like humorous, nostalgic memoirs.It's a (semi-)factual account of the Gilbreth family, growing up in the early 1900s. The parents were both well-known engineers and "efficiency experts" who tried, with mixed success, to apply their theories and ideas [...]

    • Chrissie says:

      Read this book to meet the father and the rest of the Gilbreth family. A family with twelve kids! He is an efficiency expert designing machines and organizing tasks so time and in turn money can be saved. The Mom works alongside him as an industrial organizational psychologist. It is watching the family as a whole that is the attraction of the book. I guarantee you will laugh. We are given a real family, albeit exceptional because of its size. They live in Montclair, New Jersey, Providence, Rhod [...]

    • Rebecca Foster says:

      Forget that wretched Steve Martin movie and read the charming original. Authored by two of the 12, this is the first of two memoirs about a large family’s madcap adventures. In tone it reminded me most of Gerald Durrell’s The Corfu Trilogy.Frank and Lillian Gilbreth were pioneers in the field of motion study, often hired as efficiency experts for industry – and they ran their home like a well-oiled machine too. Nevertheless, there was more than enough love and humor to go around. Frank was [...]

    • Frederick says:

      I read this as a school assignment when I was in the sixth grade. I think it was first published in 1948. I have seen, within the last year, about a half hour of the old fifties-era movie of it, starring Clifton Webb as the beloved father. I have not seen the Steve Martin one. (If I'm not wrong, there's a second one with him, too.)I grant that this extremely light memoir of family life in pre-World War One America paints an extremely rosy picture, but it is not unrealistic. There is room in this [...]

    • Sarah Law says:

      HILARIOUS. An AWESOME story. Anyone who has a family, or wants to have a family, will love this book. Especially people with a lot of kids in their family (my mom) or very eccentric dads (me). This is the true story of a family of twelve children, whose father is a motion study expert and believes that what applies to workers in a factory also applies to children at home, and vice versa. Mykle and I are reading this together right now, and we cannot turn a page without him busting up laughing.Th [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      Yup, still as delightful as it was when I was a kid. Somehow I missed, back then, that Mother, too, was an engineer. And the bonus of re-reading it now is that I can go online and find out that the Time-Motion analyses were real, and even see some of the films and promotional pictures. My family values efficiency & economy to a very high degree, but we're pikers compared to Gilbreth. I would have loved to learn Morse code the way these kids did! Really too bad Dad died so young, but many men [...]

    • Lawrence A says:

      Although this book was sold to me as a 7th-grader as a "heartwarming" memoir of children raised by an efficiency expert, I realized not too long thereafter that the book presented an insidious hidden agenda. In real life, the Gilbreth father was an acolyte of efficiency engineer Frederick "Speedy" Taylor (1856-1915), considered the founder of "the theory of scientific management." Taylorism, as it had come to be called, destroyed the craft underpinnings of much of the manufacturing industry in t [...]

    • Alexandra says:

      11/12/17 $1.99 for Kindle version.

    • Lolene says:

      I am currently rereading this book, and I still agree with the 5 stars I gave it earlier. Don't be misled by thinking the Steve Martin movie has anything to do with the original story. If I filled out a Venn diagram to compare/contrast the movie and the book, the middle section of shared traits would have ONE item: the title! Here's a brief overview from : "Cheaper by the Dozen is a biographical book written by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey that tells the story of time [...]

    • JuliaOrlando says:

      ★★★★★ –I loved everything about this book – the plot line, the way the story flowed, the characters and their interactions with each other, the writing style – everything was perfect to keep me interested in the story and the characters. This is a definite keeper and re-reader.It's about Frank and Lillie Gilbreth, pioneers in the science of motion study, and their 12 children. I thought it was wonderfully written and it made me laugh out loud several times. I love how the childre [...]

    • Kellyn Roth says:

      This is one of the more hilarious books ever! It's also an incredible history of an incredible family. The Gilbreths are absolutely incredible, and their stories are ridiculous to the point of unbelievability but they're true!Mr. Gilbreth (Dad) is the best, but I really like Ernestine, too and Anne and Mrs. Gilbreth is pretty neat and everyone else. xDI'm not going to try to list all the amazing stuff about this book you should read it yourself! :)~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

    • Beverly says:

      Lovely tale of a huge family with great parents who were masters of economy at home and on the job, both were efficiency experts. It ends sort of abruptly when their father passes at a young age.

    • DeEllen says:

      Teaching Ideas From Cheaper by the DozenDeEllen StowellThis book made me laugh and think all at the same time. I absolutely loved the conviction of the parents for teaching their own children. I thought my husband was accepting when I put huge pieces of paper up on the walls and drew out pictures of things we were going to learn, but to paint the walls??? The mother was very gracious to allow her home to be used in this manner. I imagine it was a fun time living in their home! I also loved that [...]

    • Alison says:

      This book was SO much better than the Steve Martin remake of the movie! I loved the book. The father is an efficiency expert and his attempts to make his family the most organized, smartest bunch of kids on the planet might have been terrible if he hadn't been such a lovable, larger-than-life man. Even though the events took place a hundred years ago (literally), the writing style is so lively and fresh, the story never feels dated. If you get a chance to read it, this book is hilarious.

    • Elsa K says:

      I really enjoyed this cute and funny look at a family of 12 kids in the 1920s. I want to read more books about the family now.

    • Jamie Collins says:

      I picked up an ebook copy of this old favorite, which I read so many times when I was a kid. I still have the fragile orange hardback, which I carefully read to my children when they were little. This is the only book which has ever made me want a large family; right now I’m feeling a little twinge of regret that I have only two children.It’s a collection of anecdotes, really: rides in Foolish Carriage; visiting Mrs. Murphy; Victrolas playing French and German lessons at bath time ("unavoida [...]

    • Tory says:

      This is a great book based on a little, quiet, mediocre family. Oh OK, so it's not a LITTLE family. I don't want to surprise any first-time readers that there are 12 children, but I guess you'll find out soon enough. Well, in that case, it is not about a quiet family, either (since we're talking about 12 children here). And I might as well just tell you right now that it's also not about a mediocre family.Honestly, it was fun book with many moments where I was laughing out loud. I admire the fam [...]

    • Peter says:

      A truly charming and heartwarming book about the efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, his wife, and their dozen children - written by two of the children (Frank Jr. and Ernestine).This book was a massive best-seller back in its day. But as time passed, it went out of print and was forgotten and virtually unavailable for many years. I found a copy tucked onto a shelf at a rented vacation cabin on a lake in Maine; the shelves were simply packed with old books, including many issues of Reader's Digest [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      O man, I still think about this just about every time I button a shirt. I believe it influenced my decision to avoid having a large family. Y'know, it's interesting growing up in a town of 1100, with a mother who didn't buy many books because, after all, we did have a free library. Sure, I guess the adult section was well-enough stocked to keep her busy in the time she could spare from the three of us. But there are *so many* children's books I missed out on. And so many I read over and over aga [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      I'm not certain if I have read this before or not. The one thing I didn't remember/know is that it is a true story. The movie follows the book quite well. The chapters just had me laughing out loud. This is a true gem of a book.

    • Katy says:

      Simple and heartwarming memoir of a life in a 12 children family of two motion study experts written by two of the twelve. Or, the real origin of the family meeting. :)

    • Marieke says:

      Fun book. I can't imagine having twelve kids though.

    • Hyon says:

      Family life, background story of pioneering the field of efficiency enhancing motion studies of Frank & Lillian Gilbreth. Lillian Moller Gilbreth was an inventor, author, industrial engineer, industrial psychologist, and mother of twelve children. A pioneer in ergonomics, Gilbreth patented many kitchen appliances including an electric food mixer, shelves inside refrigerator doors, and the famous trash can with a foot-pedal lid-opener. Lillian Gilbreth is best known for her work to help worke [...]

    • Cara says:

      The story of a family in a time gone by. I really enjoyed it and laughed out loud without realizing I was.

    • Sandy says:

      I love this book. I read it for the first time many years ago and was fascinated. It's still a great read! I am intrigued by motion study and would have loved to have tried this. I love the original movie (1950) starring Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain and Myrna Loy. I also like the sequel, "Belles on their Toes" which was also made into a movie. (I have an old hardbound edition which was published in 1949.)I love the following quote at the end of the book--"There was a change in Mother after Dad die [...]

    • Kanika Jain says:

      A reading joy, from the first page to the last! The 'dozen' were the Gilbreth children and hilarious tales of their upbringing form this book. Their Dad was known to the world as a time-and-motion-study expert. How he applies those principles at home to control the not-so-unruly dozen makes it one amusing read

    • Eowyn says:

      Great for a light and humorous read. I found myself telling my husband little snipits from the book and laughing together definitely worth the read!

    • Kim. E. says:

      This is a funny book about a couple and their twelve children. Well-written and humorous. A good read.

    • Marie says:

      I've read this so many times I can't even count them. At this point, every other sentence is like running into a familiar and very welcome friend.

    • Ellie says:

      I adored this book as a child-and as a grown-up was pleased to find out the mother became a successful businesswoman in her own right after her husband's death.

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