Friday, September 05, 2008

The Family from One End Street

Eve Garnett's book, The Family from One End Street was first published in 1937, and was awarded the Carnegie Gold Medal that year. It's a sweet book about a family with seven children. The father is a dustman and the mother is a washerwoman and the children range in age from 12 down to a baby under 2. Each chapter contains an adventure of each family member, and a couple of chapters are about the entire family together.

I bought this book years ago because a paragraph on page 2 caught my eye:

"The neighbors pitied Jo and Rosie for having such a large family, and called it 'Victorian'; but the dustman and his wife were proud of their numerous girls and boys, all-growing-up-fine-and-strong-one-behind-the-other-like-steps-in-a-ladder and -able-to-wear-each-others-clothes-right-down-to-the-baby, so that really it was only two sets, girl and boy, summer and winter, Mrs. Ruggles had to buy, except Boots."

It's a good large-family book, with the children and the parents trying their best to do what's right, even when tempted to do otherwise.

Eve Garnett also illustrated the book.

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Blogger Sherry said...

I've never heard of this book or this author. I'm definitely putting it on the list. How can I resist with the "large family" theme?

12:19 AM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

I am getting this book!!!

Thank you for sharing!

10:36 PM  

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