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Which All-of-a-Kind Family Sibling Are You?

The Sydney Taylor Book Awards have been announced for 2015! Their namesake is best known for her beloved All-of-a-Kind Family series. Which member of the family are you? Created by the Association of Jewish Libraries, The Horn Book, and Lizzie Skurnick Books.

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  1. 1. What's your dream job?

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    Singer
    Politician
    Writer
    Storyteller
    Clock maker
    Mensch
  2. 2. You've got to help around the house. What do you do?

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    Bear down and study for the history test. Sorry, housework. You've got competition!
    Try to supervise everyone so the work goes smoothly--otherwise you'll all be here all afternoon.
    Invite all your friends over to watch how a baby gets washed. Hey--who says profit and labor can't mix.
    Help Papa stamp down his rags. You can help just as much as your sisters, finally!
    Make a pancake for the guest. Who says you're not old enough to cook?
    Just sit there looking cute. They'll fight over the chance to help you out.
  3. 3. Papa sends you out for pickles. You:

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    Grab your black velvet Tam and go straight to the pickle cart and back, sneaking peeks at your reflection in shop windows along the way.
    Rakishly adjust your own plaid Tam and go straight there; stop for a penny chocolate soda on the way home; miss curfew; your friend Fanny pays the price.
    Go straight there; quickly pop in to the library on the way back.
    Go outside. Meander around the neighborhood. Swat some flies. Wait, did someone ask me to do something?!
    Wonder: What would Charlotte do?
    Toddle outside; narrowly miss being trampled by a horse; find a girlfriend for your uncle; bring her home for supper.
  4. 4. What’s your signature fashion item?

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    Nothing. Your sister sold tickets to your bathtime.
    Two shoes, of course, you goody two-shoes, you.
    Hand-me-downs, handed waaaaay down the line.
    A dress dyed with tea to mask how you almost ruined it.
    A charred skirt. Who knew coals were so dangerous?
    A jester’s costume. It’s no Queen Esther’s crown, but you rock it.
  5. 5. It’s bedtime and you have penny candy. What do you do?

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    Do nothing. You don’t have teeth yet.
    Wait until morning. Mama says no eating in bed.
    Ignore it. You’re far too grown up for penny candy.
    Lead your sister in a systematic ritual of savoring.
    Follow your sister’s lead in a systematic ritual of savoring.
    Eat it all and wheedle with your sister to give you her piece.
  6. 6. Your uncle gives you a penny. What do you do with it?

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    Admire how shiny it is from afar. You’d swallow it, given the chance.
    Drool indiscriminately over candy. Buy the first kind that looks good.
    Put it in that dress you can’t stand. Money burns a hole in your pocket.
    Use it to start a family fund so you can buy a birthday present for Papa.
    Save it to pay off your library debt, of course. The shame is killing you.
    Maximize your buying power: a quarter-cent of this, a quarter-cent of that…
  7. 7. Today is market day! What are you most excited about?

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    Sharing a warm sweet potato with your sisters.
    Stopping to introduce Mama to the library lady.
    Taking it all in from the comfort of your carriage.
    Some friendly mockery of the chickpea peddler.
    Talking through a pinched nose in the fish store.
    Candy candy candy candy candy candy candy.
  8. 8. Oh no! Most of the family has scarlet fever, and Passover is coming! What are your thoughts?

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    Scarlet fever in the house! We’re so important!
    I’m not the only one keeping Mama up all night!
    Poor Mama’s so busy while we get to be sick together.
    But I was supposed to get the afikomen this year!
    Why am I always the one to get sick and miss school?
    How come I never get sick? Some people have all the luck.
  9. 9. Pick a book:

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    No idea. Board books aren’t a thing yet.
    Anything, as long as it can be your very own.
    A songbook. You’ll take any opportunity to perform.
    A book of fairy tales that you can imagine are real.
    Peter and Polly in Winter. This book will change your life.
    Something you have to beg your sister to get from the adult section.
  10. 10. Your mind is wandering. What are you thinking about?

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    The days before that baby interloper arrived.
    Milk. Your imagination hasn’t grown much yet.
    How you’ll get away with skipping your homework.
    What everyone will say when you win the history prize.
    Papa’s coworker Charlie. Handsome, handsome Charlie.
    Anything and everything. What’s life for if not for daydreaming?

Which All-of-a-Kind Family Sibling Are You?

You got: Ella

Everyone depends on you to be responsible, and you often make sacrifices for others. But your talents mean you’ll have your chance in the limelight, and maybe even catch a special someone’s eye. Sydney Taylor would be proud.

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You got: Henny

You sure know how to get into trouble! You’re also a great schemer, which comes in handy when you need to get out of it. (But maybe you could share with your sisters once in a while?) Sydney Taylor would be proud.

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You got: Sarah

There’s no place you’d rather be than the library, except maybe onstage accepting the history prize. Maybe you’ll grow up to write a book about your family history! Sydney Taylor would be proud.

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You got: Charlotte

Your imagination can turn simple activities into grand adventures, and that makes others look up to you. Just be sure that while you’re helping to make great memories, you pay enough attention to your surroundings that you don’t set your clothes on fire. Sydney Taylor would be proud.

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You got: Gertie

What you lack in patience, you make up for in childlike wonder. Your receptiveness to others’ ideas makes you an excellent playmate, and you’re always up for sharing some candy! Sydney Taylor would be proud.

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You got: Charlie

Your adventures are just beginning. Sydney Taylor would be proud.

Charlie
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