Cheaper by the Dozen

by Frank B. Gilbreth | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 006008460x Global Overview for this book
Registered by havfaith of Spokane, Washington USA on 8/24/2003
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23 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by havfaith from Spokane, Washington USA on Sunday, August 24, 2003
From the Publisher
No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. And there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank, Jr., in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.

Journal Entry 2 by havfaith from Spokane, Washington USA on Sunday, August 24, 2003
I read this awhile back but I remember it was pretty funny! I especially could relate since I know quite a few very large families! Of course they mostly only have 6-8 kids, but still... I'll have to go rent the old movie - Looking forward to seeing the new version too!

Journal Entry 3 by havfaith from Spokane, Washington USA on Monday, September 01, 2003
After nearly 2 years of travel over thousands of miles, this ring has been completed! I SO wish I could have gone along with this book!! I'm glad so many could enjoy it! =)

Journal Entry 4 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Friday, September 05, 2003
Received today, and will start on it as soon as I'm done w/my current bookray title! :)

Journal Entry 5 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Saturday, September 06, 2003
This book is quite a laugh! Just goes to show you that some things never change - being embarrassed by your parents happens to all of us! :)

I found a couple of links that readers of this book might find interesting. See pictures of the Gilbreth clan here, and click here to see the symbols for Therbligs, which you will only understand if you've read the book. :)

Journal Entry 6 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Sunday, September 07, 2003
Ah, what a nice little book. :) I love reading stories like this, about families that actually DID things together. Now I have the urge to go out and rent this movie. Maybe I will!

Moving on to Jas330 on Tuesday, September 9.

Journal Entry 7 by Jas330 from Lakewood, Washington USA on Monday, September 15, 2003
Just got this book today, I have 2 and a half books in front of it, then I will get to it. (The half is a book I'm in the middle of). Hope too be done soon -- but my schedule is pretty packed so I'm not sure how much time I'll have for reading. But I'll get to it ASAP. (I figure 2 weeks max!)

Journal Entry 8 by Jas330 from Lakewood, Washington USA on Saturday, September 20, 2003
Mmm...I started this book today after I realized that I left the book I'm reading right now at school. (CRUD!) It's a quick read so hopefully I'll get done with it before I go to the PO on Monday. Am about to PM Eskielover for her address.

Journal Entry 9 by Jas330 from Lakewood, Washington USA on Sunday, September 21, 2003
Just finished the book and really enjoyed it. It was a quick light read, and semi-funny. Definetly enjoyed it. Will send to Eskielover tommorow.

Journal Entry 10 by Eskielover from Olympia, Washington USA on Tuesday, September 23, 2003
The book arrived today. It goes on my TBR pile, however because it's so small and light reading it may get bumped up if I have a chance to read it in one sitting.

Journal Entry 11 by Eskielover from Olympia, Washington USA on Sunday, October 19, 2003
This was such a fun read. Children's antics never seem to change and their parents anxieties about them are universal. I enjoyed the photographs and the Therbligs that Ellymae58 posted links for in her journal entry. This will pobably go in the mail to Reader1212 tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by Eskielover from Olympia, Washington USA on Monday, October 20, 2003
This book sent to reader1212 today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 13 by reader1212 from Federal Way, Washington USA on Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Rec'd in the mail today along with another Bookring-because that one was mailed first, I will read it-it is a short one so hopefully I will get to this one soon.

Journal Entry 14 by salemhouse on Monday, November 17, 2003
Received today, and have already completed a couple chapters. This reminds me of Max Braithwaite's autobiographical trilogy, which I enjoyed. Will attempt to send on to the next reader prior to leaving town in a few days.

Journal Entry 15 by salemhouse on Thursday, November 27, 2003
Shipped to the next participant about a week ago, but forgot to make a journal entry before putting in the mail and then leaving town for the holidays. A fun book, reminded me a lot of Max Braithwaite's autobiographical trilogy and tales of a simpler time.

Journal Entry 16 by GuinevereII from Bronx, New York USA on Saturday, November 29, 2003
Recieved this book the day before Thanksgiving, so this book was on my something-to-be-thankful-for list. :) This looks really good, and I'm looking forward to reading it!
December 13, 2003 9:06 am

I finished this about three o'clock this morning. I often read before bed, and I didn't feel like putting it down until I was finished. That pretty much says I liked the book! It had a good and wholesome feel to it, like Anne of Green Gables or Little Women. It was really entertaining, and the romps they got into gave me a chuckle. My most favorite part is when Daddy Gilbreth forgot Frank Jr. at a restaurant while travelling home. He returns, only to have a "lady of the night" ask him "Don't be bashful. Are you looking for a naughty looking girl?" He replies, "Goodness no! I'm looking for a naughty little boy!" Her response? "Whoops dearie, pardon me." Ha!

I can also relate the Anne, the eldest. Even though my siblings and I are only a fourth of the Gilbreths in number, sometimes paving the way for my younger bro and sis falls on me. The sibs won't have to fight my Dad as hard as I did for our rights, because I've already broken him in a bit.

What makes this book so nifty for me is the setting. I live the next town over from Montclair. I've never read a book before that was set so close to my home. As went through this book, I found constantly thinking, "I know that school is!" or "Wow, I've been to Lackawanna Station!" On the way home from school, my bus goes through Montclair. I always read on the bus. So it's cool to think that the stories I'm reading happened in the exact same town as I was reading it.

My close friend, Beth (allyouneedislove) lives in Montclair. Apparently, a house down her street is the house where Frank Gilbreth Jr. lived WHILE he was writing Cheaper by the Dozen! I think that's awesome. Sadly, he passed away. But next time I go over Beth's house, I might go take a picture and post it. :)

Journal Entry 17 by GuinevereII from Bronx, New York USA on Sunday, December 14, 2003
Mailed to tamugrad02 in Viginia today. She's next up on the ring, and I hope she enjoys!

Journal Entry 18 by tamugrad02 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Sunday, December 28, 2003
Got this in the mail sometime over the Holidays. Just got home today and found it. Will start reading ASAP and journal again upon completion.

Journal Entry 19 by tamugrad02 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Sunday, January 04, 2004
Finished this today. I found the father to be overbearing and obnoxious. Heaven forbid he ever admit he was wrong. I realize this was years ago and men and women were expected to act a certain way, I'm just glad I wasn't around back then. But in the upside, the book itself was cute. I enjoyed the stories and learning how to do multiplication in my head (you know you tried it too!!) Will PM for the next address and get this in the mail ASAP.

Journal Entry 20 by susieq46 from Saint Augustine, Florida USA on Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Just received this book today from Tamugrad02 in Virginia. I have 9 pages to read in the book I'm reading now, and then I'll move on to this one. Since I'm on vacation next week, I should finish it soon, and then off it goes to the next person in the bookring.

Journal Entry 21 by susieq46 at on Friday, February 13, 2004
Released on Friday, February 13, 2004 at post office in Vienna, Wien Austria.

This was a delightful book. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. Mailed to fellow bookCrosser blacksheeps99 in Vienna, Austria. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Journal Entry 22 by blacksheeps99 from not specified, not specified not specified on Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Found this little book in my postbox yesterday - thanks a lot!!

I´ve always loved the movies, read the book a long time ago in german and now I´m looking forward to read it in english soon!

(Oh, cool this book has already came this long way from Alaska :-) And I´m the only European reader in this ring :-))

Journal Entry 23 by blacksheeps99 from not specified, not specified not specified on Tuesday, February 24, 2004
I read the book almost in one go - it is really funny and entertaining. I hope the second volume will cross my path too :-))

The Book is already on its way to Wandeca in Canada!

Journal Entry 24 by Wandeca from Kitchener, Ontario Canada on Friday, March 05, 2004
The book has arrived safe and sound in Canada. Thanks so much for sending it my way, blacksheeps99. And thank you havfaith for setting up the bookring. I'll be reading this book in next couple of days.

Journal Entry 25 by Wandeca from Kitchener, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 21, 2004
I remember watching the original movie "Cheaper By The Dozen" with Lucille Ball, and loving it. But I didn't think that it was based on a book, or that it even was based on real events, until of course my mother-in-law informed me. And I'm glad that she did, I really enjoyed reading this book, I come from a small family, but my father is the fourth of nine, and we've always had fun at family reunions.

Will be mailing to ShyAnn this week. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did.

Journal Entry 26 by ShyAnn from Oakdale, California USA on Saturday, April 24, 2004
I received this in the mail last week....sorry for my delay in posting a journal entry.

I have been so looking forward to reading this book! The movie was cute, but the books are always better:)

Thank You Wandeca for sending it to me and Thank You Havfaith for sharing!

Journal Entry 27 by ShyAnn from Oakdale, California USA on Tuesday, May 11, 2004
I thought this was such a cute book! I loved it!
Thank You So Much, havfaith, for sharing:)

It is on it's way to jenvince!


Journal Entry 28 by jenvince from Scottsdale, Arizona USA on Thursday, May 13, 2004
The book arrived today. Will read quickly and pass on.

Journal Entry 29 by jenvince from Scottsdale, Arizona USA on Sunday, May 23, 2004
A cute story, fun read. The original "Cheaper By the Dozen" movie very closely follows this book. Great movie (the original one). This is off to spaceystacey tomorrow.

Journal Entry 30 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, May 26, 2004
This just might be the fastest book that I have ever received. Will be reading shortly and mailing to Switzerland!

Journal Entry 31 by zazou from Saint-Prex, Vaud Switzerland on Friday, June 11, 2004
Got the book, thanks!
Look forward to start reading it this weekend as it will certainly be raining...

Journal Entry 32 by snubbysgal on Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Arrived yesterday and hlafway through it already! Enjoying it!

Journal Entry 33 by snubbysgal on Monday, July 12, 2004
What a fun book! Hilarious!
I especially enjoyed comparing the differences in culture from then and now.
Due to be sent on to the next bookcrosser this week.

Journal Entry 34 by Momathome from Crystal Lake, Illinois USA on Thursday, August 19, 2004
This book arrived in the mail today from snubbysgal! Also included were a few lovely postcards from this book's travels. Will read a.s.a.p.

On it's way to q-cow! Enjoy!!!

Journal Entry 35 by q-cow on Sunday, September 19, 2004
I saw a play version of this at school. But i heard the movie with Steve Martin wasn't to good. Had nothing too go with the book right. The book is so much better.

a very cute book.
finished and will be sent off asap.

Journal Entry 36 by mtkingsley from Davis, California USA on Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Got this in the mail from q-cow. Looks like a quick read to my kids who loved the movie, then on to the next destination.

Journal Entry 37 by mtkingsley from Davis, California USA on Tuesday, November 09, 2004
I joined the bookray after seeing the movie with my kids and thought it was the actual book the wife was writing in the movie, but it was not. This book was about the Gilbreth family in the early 1900s and their trials and tribulations. Although there were some funny instances, this book was not what I expected. Passing it on its way now. MT

Journal Entry 38 by Pluisje on Thursday, December 02, 2004
Received this book in the mail today. After reading it might be time for it to return to its origin havfaith. It has been traveling for over a year then!!!

Journal Entry 39 by Pluisje on Thursday, December 30, 2004
An entertaining book. Father Gilbreth's education techniques for this army of children are a bit dated, but it is a nice introduction into what a huge organisation a big family's day-to-day life is. Very charming.
I am pleased to see how successful this bookring is. I love the dog-ears and the other signs of the book wearing off a bit because of being read & traveling constantly. Most books don't "age" any more these days, most people just get their own copy.
I almost sent it back to Havfaith, but just in time there appeared two more participants for the ring. Thanks for sharing Havfaith!

Mailed out today to Gypsyrose02 in Australia.

Journal Entry 40 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Monday, January 17, 2005
received as part of a ring started by havfaith. thankyou for adding me. will get it read asap.

Journal Entry 41 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, February 16, 2005
try as i might, i just cant get into this and i have heaps waiting to be read, so im going to pass it on. thanks for including me though.

Journal Entry 42 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Friday, February 25, 2005
on its way.

Journal Entry 43 by dodau from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 05, 2005
Recieved safely this morning. Am in the middle of major decorating but will read it in the next week.

Journal Entry 44 by dodau from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 13, 2005
Apparently the movie of the same name is based on this book so I was expecting it to be more modern. However it's sent in the early part of the twentieth century and is apparently a true story. The family sound wonderful though obviously the bad points wouldn't have made it into a book and life was different then. I really enjoyed reading it though and now I'll have to watch the movie when its on here to see how different or alike it is. And nothing to do with Tom Welling at all.

Journal Entry 45 by dodau at Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (3/15/2005 UTC) at Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases



Journal Entry 46 by cantreadenuff from Woodbine, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 02, 2005
Finally arrived yesterday! This book seems to have cruised through post offices in this country, arriving with some extra stickers ;-) What a well traveled book, in more ways than one!

Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise as I had forgotten about it. Looking forward to reading it! Who put the sticker on the last page...?

Journal Entry 47 by cantreadenuff from Woodbine, Maryland USA on Sunday, June 26, 2005
What a delightful read--I'm so grateful for the bookring opportunity as I'm not sure I would have read this anytime soon otherwise. Of course I found it funny as did many others, but I also learned about this real-life family, including two rather incredible parents. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to complain about the burdens of working motherhood again! Lillian Gilbreth was certainly a woman ahead of her time, when I think of her as being part of my great-grandmother's generation!! Like EllyMae58, I was curious about the family as well as Frank's contributions to motion study and efficiency. I've thought similar things and frankly hate wasting time, though it's refreshing to read about people who have a worse case than me ;-) His teaching methods were a bit extreme, though I can relate to learning things just because they're in front of you. The math trick on page 40 for quickly multiplying two-digit numbers works, but it's not as straightforward as the explanation, which I need to send to my mathematically-inclined sister so she can explain why. Still, it was intriguing.

When I PM'd havfaith for her address to complete the ring, she revealed that she bought the book for 25 cents. I certainly got my 1.09 pennies worth of pleasure! Thanks again havfaith!

Journal Entry 48 by havfaith from Spokane, Washington USA on Friday, July 01, 2005
Nearly 2 years and 22 readers later... this book has made it back to Alaska! I'm glad everyone had a chance to read this great little book. And it's still in good enough shape to withstand a few more reads. I plan to wild release it soon... =)


Plan to release today or tomorrow... =)

Journal Entry 50 by havfaith at Valdez Convention & Civic Center in Valdez, Alaska USA on Monday, August 15, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (8/14/2005 UTC) at Valdez Convention & Civic Center in Valdez, Alaska USA



UPDATE: Follow the steps (more than a dozen) up to the look-out and check out the great view! =) Left on the picnic table at the top.

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