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One of the best-loved American memoirs of an oversized family and the parents who held them together.

What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father—a famous efficiency expert—who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen.

Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy — and a remake featuring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, and Alyson Stoner — this memoir is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.

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“Gay and lighthearted...One of the most amusing books.” -- Chicago Sun-Times

“Always entertaining, occasionally hilarious, occasionally touching.... Sound Americana.” -- Saturday Review of Literature

“Instructive, funny, and very readable.” -- School Library Journal

“[Cheaper by the Dozen] is a touching family portrait that also happens to be very, very funny...its appeal is timeless.” -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

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What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father -- a famous efficiency expert -- who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen.

Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, Cheaper by the Dozen is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.

About the Author

Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. was born in 1911 in Plainfield, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He became a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a Bronze Star and Air Medal. In 1947, he joined the staff of what is now the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. A columnist and reporter, he authored and coauthored several books, including Belles on Their Toes (with Ernestine Gilbreth Carey), How to Be a Father, and Time Out for Happiness. In 1950, he was corecipient (with his sister) of the French International Humor Award for Cheaper by the Dozen. He died in 2001.



Ernestine Gilbreth Carey was born in 1908 in New York City and graduated as an English major from Smith College. In 1930, soon after graduation, she began fourteen years of New York City department store buying and management. Meanwhile, she married and had two children. A writer and lecturer, she has authored and coauthored seven books, including Belles on Their Toes (with Frank Gilbreth Jr.), Jumping jupiter, Rings Around Us, and Giddy Moment. In 1950 she was corecipient (with her brother) of the French International Humor Award for Cheaper by the Dozen. She lives in Reedley, California.

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Nynaeve
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Amusing, but the father is tiresome
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2020
I''m surprised by how few of the other reviewers found the paterfamilias of this book irritating, as I did. He bloviates [Amazon, this word is marked as misspelled when it is not - please correct your dictionary] at the dinner table, dismissing all other attempts at... See more
I''m surprised by how few of the other reviewers found the paterfamilias of this book irritating, as I did. He bloviates [Amazon, this word is marked as misspelled when it is not - please correct your dictionary] at the dinner table, dismissing all other attempts at conversation as "not for general interest." He bellows and honks multiple loud horns when he drives, and he drives so poorly he scares everyone half to death - but no one is allowed to abstain and stay home, because when Father wants to go driving, everyone has to go. He forces the children to run when he whistles no matter what they might have been in the middle of doing (what if someone was stricken with diarrhea when His Master came a-whistlin'', or simply in the middle of a good book?). He forces the children to skip grades even if they don''t want to or don''t feel ready. Physical punishments for simply taking, in Father''s eyes, too long to learn something abound, including heads being smacked hard with pencils and bodies being hit with a rope. It''s all depicted in a lighthearted manner, but I still see a dictator rather than a "fun" parent. For crying out loud, he admonishes the oldest child, Anne, that he will put the fear of God in her [paraphrasing] because it''s her responsibility to keep the younger children from misbehaving while they''re out and about on one of those godawful drives that no one except the father enjoys. Even when Anne says desperately that she''s trying but that no one''s listening to her, he still yells at her. Yeah, he and his wife contributed Great Things(TM) to time & motion studies, but in my opinion, they were awful parents. The second-worst offense was dragging poor Lill on a cross-country train ride 3 weeks after she broke a foot bone (the book doesn''t specify which bone). She''s described as lying on a couch in the train car, "crying in pain," and her mother is ignoring her as she''s trying to feed the also-crying, motion-sickness-blighted baby. No one wants to be dragged on vacation when their foot''s injured. The worst offense was making the children have their tonsils removed, including Martha, who has just ingested a great deal of food. Firstly, read that again - the father MADE his children have their tonsils out, not because it was to their benefit, but because he wanted videotape of surgeries being done - and one of the children was full of food when she went under anesthesia. That actually could have killed her; there''s a reason why they make you go 12 hours without eating before they put you under. They knew she was full of food, too. They actually dragged her, practically kicking and screaming, from her aunt''s house, where she''d been having a lovely time. She made it clear she did not want her tonsils out, as did the other children. What a loving family.
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Leib Gershon Mitchell
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Give this one a miss
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2019
And that makes perfect sense, given that time is a scarce resource that has alternative uses. (I am a parent who sometimes reads books that I might have read in my childhood so that I have a list of suitable books to give my sons so that I can save on their time.)... See more
And that makes perfect sense, given that time is a scarce resource that has alternative uses. (I am a parent who sometimes reads books that I might have read in my childhood so that I have a list of suitable books to give my sons so that I can save on their time.)

First, if you want to read a book like this (a bildungsroman that is composed of childhood memories), then I could recommend at least two others.

1. The Great Brain (a series by a Fitzgerald).
2. In Gd We Trust, All Others Pay Cash (Jean Shepard).

What are the problems with this book?

1. I just don''t see it interesting to kids today.

a. I don''t think there is anyone alive in this day and age who lived in the age when people did not have cars. And so, it is *very difficult* to see how someone merely driving a car could draw a huge crowd.
b. Who has a reference point for 11 brothers and sister?
c. Who can imagine someone giving birth at home?

2. There is a lot of antiquated/ clunky language.
"By jingo?"
"The horns were Dad''s calliope." (p.17)
Shillalah (p. 19)
Pince-nez glasses (p. 23)
Ground gripper shoes (p. 152)

4. Factual inaccuracies. (p. 81). Hara-kiri is a Japanese ritual. It has NOTHING to do with the Chinese cook featured here.

Third: We all have an interesting relative/ parents. The stories that we could draw from our own memories are better than this series of sometimes-funny-but-mostly-maladroit stories.

Verdict: Not recommended.
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purrkz
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An old favorite
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2017
I recently had a writing assignment "How a book or movie influenced how I lived my life." I chose this book. Granted, in no way did I want twelve children, but I was inspired to live life more efficiently, trying to find "The Best Way to Do Things." I... See more
I recently had a writing assignment "How a book or movie influenced how I lived my life." I chose this book. Granted, in no way did I want twelve children, but I was inspired to live life more efficiently, trying to find "The Best Way to Do Things." I didn''t even approach Lillian Gilbreth''s effective methods of child rearing, but I was inspired to be more even-tempered. Her ideas of "What is the best use of my time" inspired me to return to college and I thank her for that. Even if you don'' read the book I recommend checking Lillian Gilbreth out on Wikipedia and be in awe, as I was, of her achievements.
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julie
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I read this in another life
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
Let’s just say this was required reading in 8th grade , and it was probably before some Amazon customers were even born. Yes , I’m that old. As I recall, this was the story of a big family . I believe they were fairly well off and their dad was possibly an efficiency... See more
Let’s just say this was required reading in 8th grade , and it was probably before some Amazon customers were even born. Yes , I’m that old.
As I recall, this was the story of a big family . I believe they were fairly well off and their dad was possibly an efficiency expert of some type ? I may be wrong on the job part, but I remember that there were so many kids that the dad had strict rules as to who did what and when, so their family ran smoothly.
As said , it’s been a very long time since I read it , but I remember liking the book .. I’m sure it would be G rated. I grew up in a majority- religious town, and the parents wouldn’t have approved of the school assigning a book that had anything off- color.
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Photos are at the back!
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2018
It''s a good sign when you finish a book and are left wanting to know what happens next. Fortunately they do mention the sequel: Belles on their Toes. I just wished I''s been able to see the photos first. Suggest others do that. They are at the back of the kindle... See more
It''s a good sign when you finish a book and are left wanting to know what happens next. Fortunately they do mention the sequel: Belles on their Toes.

I just wished I''s been able to see the photos first. Suggest others do that. They are at the back of the kindle book.

My daughter has 4 boys and it seems like so many (says the mother of two-a boy and a girl), so a house with 12 kids is completely out of my realm of comprehension. That said, I found the book highly readable. With careers in time and motion studies the parents (especially the father) were characters. I learned afterward that Mary died of diphtheria (I think at a very young age) so there were 11 but they wanted the keep the book lighthearted. Don’t think it occurred during the span of Belles on Their Toes but I may be wrong.

It was refreshing to read about happy childhoods and good (albeit very unusual) parents. I found it to be a lighthearted memoir.
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Suzanne G
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Just as good as the movie
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
The original Cheaper by The Dozen starring Myrna Loy and William Powell has long been a favorite film of mine. I started this book hoping it wouldn’t tarnish my love for the film and I wasn’t disappointed. For anyone who’s watched that movie as often as I have,... See more
The original Cheaper by The Dozen starring Myrna Loy and William Powell has long been a favorite film of mine. I started this book hoping it wouldn’t tarnish my love for the film and I wasn’t disappointed.

For anyone who’s watched that movie as often as I have, there’s a sense of joy when you recognize scenes from the movie and what was changed (very little) by Hollywood. My favorite scene is when Joe Scales comes to pick up Ann for their date.

A very light, quick, & enjoyable read.
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TG
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One of my favorite childhood books!
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021
This book had a huge impact on me as a kid, not the huge family as much as both parents who were geniuses. It focuses more on the dad, but both were incredible. Their incorporation of motion study into daily life and their use of completely different teaching methods on... See more
This book had a huge impact on me as a kid, not the huge family as much as both parents who were geniuses. It focuses more on the dad, but both were incredible. Their incorporation of motion study into daily life and their use of completely different teaching methods on their kids, and the amazing results, are still fascinating to read about. They were way ahead of their time then and still would be today.
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Sherry B.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2016
The first time I read Cheaper by the Dozen, I was in about sixth grade--and the eldest of five sisters. The stories of life in a large family were familiar and fun. Fifty-some-odd years later, they still are. What a joy to read (for the fourth or fifth time) a book about a... See more
The first time I read Cheaper by the Dozen, I was in about sixth grade--and the eldest of five sisters. The stories of life in a large family were familiar and fun. Fifty-some-odd years later, they still are. What a joy to read (for the fourth or fifth time) a book about a functional family! And in language that is appropriate for all ages. Not mentioned in the text is the fact that Lillian Gilbreth went on to be a well-regarded expert in the field of efficiency studies, and invented several work-saving devices now taken for granted (such as the pedal trash can). I encourage the reader to spend time with the Gilbreths, and to enjoy their delightful family life.
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Helena
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Great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2021
Really enjoyed this.
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Samuel Christie
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This is an easy read, amusing and full of inspiring ideas about ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2018
Do not be put off by the 2003 movie which has the same title but has very little in common with the book. This is an easy read, amusing and full of inspiring ideas about saving time and trouble. I recommend it.
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e.m. robb
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Old fashioned Mr.Gilbreth would be in trouble nowadays
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2021
Made me laugh out loud. Had read years ago
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Chief bottle washer
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Bought as a gift
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2018
Bought as a gift
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James
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2015
Not as entertaining as the film but good nonetheless.
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