Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.Adapted into two classic motion pictures, this bestselling memoir is the unforgettable story of two parents, twelve kids, and a world of laughter and love.
Translated into more than fifty languages, 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-size Gilbreth clan have delighted generations of readers, and will keep you and yours laughing for years.
Cheaper by the Dozen
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Chapters 8-11 Summary
Chapter 12, "The Rena," opens with Dad's acquisition of a boat named "Rena," which he bought to reward the children for learning how to swim. He falls into the role of sailor when he climbs aboard, barking orders at his crew. Dad loves being on the boat, and travels far in his imagination while aboard. The kids are given positions according to their age, and they, too, slip into their roles. They swab decks and sing chanties as they learned about mooring. One stormy day, Dad is hit by the boom and knocked overboard. Right when the kids are concerned he won't surface, he does.
The novel recounts the authors' childhood lives growing up in a household of 13 children. The bestselling book was later adapted into a feature film by Twentieth Century Fox in and followed up by the sequel, Belles on Their Toes , which was adapted as a film. The book tells the story of time and motion study and efficiency experts Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth , and their children as they reside in Montclair, New Jersey , for many years. Lillian Gilbreth was described in the s as "a genius in the art of living". The best-selling biographical novel was composed by two of her twelve children who wrote about their childhoods.
Chapter 8 is titled, "Kissing Kin. Dad immediately offers his services and heads off to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Mother took this opportunity to take the family to visit her relatives in California. Six of her siblings live at home with her parents, so the Gilbreth children can meet them and get to know them easily. Her family, the Mollards, are very well-to-do and have a staff of helpers, but they live simply. Mother is quiet and reserved in her upbringing, but she meets Dad in Boston while taking a European tour. At first Dad is reserved, trying to impress her, but eventually breaks into his natural robust role.