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Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes by Frank Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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Both of these books were lovingly written by the brother/sister tandem of Frank Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey about growing up with their 10 other siblings and their unique parents in Montclair, New Jersey during the early 20th century. Their father, Frank Gilbreth Sr., was a time study and efficiency expert who thought he could run his family like he ran a factory. Their mother Lillian, who would later become one of the first PhD holding female engineers, was a happy participant in her husband's time study experiments upon their family until it involved disciplining their twelve kids! The results will bring some solid belly-laughs and maybe a tender tear or two.

Cheaper by the Dozen was published in 1948 and has been adapted to film in 1950. Cheaper by the Dozen starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy.

The 2003 and 2005 movies, Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt have no resemblance to the book besides the fact that their family has 12 children.

Belles on Their Toes was published in 1950 and continues the story of the Gilbreth family. Mother Lillian, forced to lead the family after the death of her husband Frank Sr., bravely takes over the time study business he started. We follow the Gilbreth clan confronting crises after crises with smiles and wit that will warm your heart. From an outbreak of chicken pox to unwanted boyfriends, the Gilbreth's tackle the hardest of times with family strength that is enlightening and endearing.
Belles on their Toes availability.

Submitted by Dan @ Central


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