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From Sarah to Sydney : The Woman Behind All-Of-a-Kind Family / June Cummins ; with Alexandra Dunietz.

Author/creator Cummins, June, 1963-2018 author.
Other author/creatorDunietz, Alexandra Whelan, 1961- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]
Descriptionxi, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Abstract The untold life story of All-of-a-Kind Family author Sydney Taylor, highlighting her dramatic influence on American children's literature.
Summary This is the first and only biography of Sydney Taylor (1904-1978), author of the award-winning All-of-a-Kind Family series of books, the first juvenile novels published by a mainstream publisher to feature Jewish children. The family-based on Taylor's own as a child-includes five sisters, each two years apart, dressed alike by their fastidious immigrant mother so they all look the same: all-of-a-kind. The four other sisters' names were the same in the books as in their real lives; only the real-life Sarah changed hers to the boyish Sydney while she was in high school. Cummins elucidates the deep connections between the progressive Taylor's books and American Jewish experiences, arguing that Taylor was deeply influential in the development of national Jewish identity. This biography conveys the vital importance of children's books in the transmission of Jewish culture and the preservation of ethnic heritage.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 325-372) and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN0300243553 hardcover
ISBN9780300243550 hardcover

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