From Sarah to Sydney by the late June Cummins, is the untold life story of the All-Of-A-Kind Family author Sydney Taylor, highlighting her dramatic influence on American children’s literature. The All-Of-A-Kind Family series, beloved by generations of readers, are the first juvenile novels published by a mainstream publisher to feature Jewish children. The family—based on Taylor’s own as a child—includes five sisters, each two years apart, dressed alike by their fastidious immigrant mother so they all look the same: all-of-a-kind.
Cummins elucidates the deep connections between the progressive Taylor’s books and American Jewish experiences, arguing that Taylor was deeply influential in the development of a national Jewish identity. The biography conveys the vital importance of children’s books in the transmission of Jewish culture and the preservation of ethnic heritage.
Cummins friend and co-author, Alexandra Dunietz, will present followed by a post-lecture Q & A.
June Cummins was professor emerita of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University, where she made important contributions to its National Center for the Study of Children's Literature.
Alexandra Dunietz is a historian of the medieval Middle East.
Program registration includes a 25% discount on the purchase of the book from Yale University Press using discount code YEFSS.
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