All-of-a-Kind Family

By Sydney Taylor

Meet the All-of-a-Kind  Family -- Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie -- who stay with their mom and dad in manhattan urban on the flip of the century.

Together they percentage adventures that locate them trying to find hidden buttons whereas dusting Mama's entrance parlor and vacationing with the peddlers in Papa's store on wet days. the women get pleasure from doing every little thing jointly, specially while it comprises vacation trips and surprises.

But not anyone can have ready them for the most important shock of all!

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Ten buttons chanced on — basically extra to move. All that used to be left was once the woodwork. Sarah dusted the door first, for the ridge close to the ground was once any such dust-gathering position. And correct there at the ground under the door ridge was once button quantity 11! The baseboards concerning the complete room have been dusted, yet there has been nonetheless one button lacking. That intended Sarah had ignored whatever, yet what? Had she dusted the beneath a part of the second one desk or had she forgotten to do it within the pleasure of discovering the button lower than the doily? good, she’d do it back simply to ensure. She used to be very comfortable certainly that she did verify for there at the table’s curved-up leg reposed button quantity twelve! She threw open the front-room door and got here operating into the kitchen, crying out joyfully: “I came upon them! i discovered all of them, each one among them! Ma, you definitely picked a few swell hiding areas! however it was once enjoyable. I’d love to do it back! ” For the subsequent week Mama had a superbly fresh living room and there has been now not a unmarried grumble. After that the kids may have uninterested in the sport and Mama might were correct again the place she begun. yet she used to be a smart mom. on the finish of the week, the buttons went again into the stitching field. Mama acknowledged she didn’t have time to place the buttons out each morning. any more, they'd be hidden in simple terms sometimes. No baby could understand simply whilst she may possibly locate buttons in the course of her dusting simply because Mama may conceal the buttons at evening after the women had long past to sleep. additionally the quantity will be varied, occasionally six, occasionally ten. Mama used to be nearly as good as her note. occasionally she introduced out her buttons a few times in the course of the week. occasionally she could allow weeks move by way of with out generating them. after which each day in a single memorable week, Mama concealed buttons plus one glossy copper penny. “Finders-keepers,” she instructed the little dusters. The grumbling didn’t cease thoroughly, however it used to be now not approximately so loud or so frequently. And meanwhile, the kids have been taught to be the simplest little housekeepers within the complete international. THE EAST part was once now not beautiful. there has been no grass. Grass couldn’t rather well develop on slate sidewalks or in cobble-stoned gutters. there have been no plants other than these one observed within the retailers of the few florists. there have been no tall timber lining the streets. there have been tall gasoline lampposts in its place. there has been no operating brook within which young ones may splash on scorching summer season days. yet there has been the East River. Its waters stretched out extensive and darkly eco-friendly, and it smelt of fish, ships, and rubbish. Like many different households, Mama and Papa and their little ones lived within the crowded tenement condo part of the decrease East aspect of latest York urban. yet in contrast to each one of these households, their domestic used to be a four-room condo which occupied a complete ground in a two-storied inner most apartment. Papa had a store no longer faraway from the river within the basement of an outdated warehouse. To get into where, the kids needed to climb down a dangerously slender wood staircase without helping banisters. This didn't cease them from vacationing Papa.

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