Cover Love: Belles on Their Toes

A look at some of the various covers the book Belles on Their ToesBelles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey has had, and a link to my thoughts on the book:

Belles on Their Toes 1950 Hardcover
The 1950 hardcover version, and I love how it depicts one of the funniest scenes from the book.

Belles on Their Toes Collage

I like how these two relate to each other – the 1984 paperback on the left, and the 2003 paperback on the right. The way they took the image from the 1984 cover and make it look like a photograph that’s been tossed down on the 2003 cover makes me smile.

Belles on Their Toes 2013 Kindle
This is the cover for the version I read – the Kindle cover!

Belles on Their Toes 2001 French edition aka Six Filles a Marier

And this might be my favorite, not because of the cover image so much as the translated title! Unless I’ve forgotten all the French I ever learned, the was published as “Six Girls to Marry.” Which, while true, would make me think the book had a different focus than it really did.

Which cover is your favorite?

The “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

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Belles on Their Toes

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I was reminded of this series after scheduling my review of Cheaper By the Dozen, and I’m so glad I read the follow-up title – I enjoyed it just as much as the first (and maybe even a bit more?)

Belles on Their Toes picks up right after Cheaper By the Dozen ends, and what could have been a dreary or sad account manages to be hopeful and surprisingly lighthearted. Their mother ends up being the star of the story, and their love and admiration for her shines through. So while I enjoyed the anecdotes, this book mostly made me want to learn more about Lillian, so I went hunting for more information on her. What an amazing woman!

If you’ve read Cheaper By the Dozen, it’s well worth reading this to continue their story. And even if you haven’t read the first book, I think this can be enjoyed as a stand-alone account. It’s surprisingly quick and breezy, considering it could easily have been a somber tale. [Read more…]

Cheaper by the Dozen

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I dithered quite a bit about whether this was a 4-star read, or only 3 1/2, and eventually decided that if I had to think about it that much, I should probably go with the lower rating. So this is somewhere between an “I liked it” to “I really liked it!”

The biggest downsides to the book are that it is quite dated – there are some jokes that are thankfully no longer generally regarded as humorous which are casually included. It’s somewhat jarring at times now, but then again it’s maybe a bit unfair to criticize the book that much for something that was no big deal at the time.

It’s a fairly short book, and very quick to read – I was somewhat disappointed to come to the end of it and wished I had the sequel, Belles on Their ToesBelles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, ready to dive into! I’m looking forward to reading more about what happens with the Gilbreth family.

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Publisher’s Description:
The classic American memoir of twelve kids, two parents, and a world of laughter and love

Translated into more than fifty languages and adapted into two classic motion pictures, Cheaper by the Dozen is the unforgettable story of the Gilbreth clan as told by two of its members. In this endearing, amusing memoir, siblings Frank Jr. and Ernestine capture the hilarity and heart of growing up in an oversized family.

Mother and Dad are world-renowned efficiency experts, helping factories fine-tune their assembly lines for maximum output at minimum cost. At home, the Gilbreths themselves have cranked out twelve kids, and Dad is out to prove that efficiency principles can apply to family as well as the workplace. The heartwarming and comic stories of the jumbo-sized Gilbreth clan have delighted generations of readers, and will keep you and yours laughing for years.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the authors’ estates.

Book Details

Title: Cheaper by the DozenCheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Authors: Frank B Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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