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Book from the late 60s (?) about widow/er marrying and a huge # of kids

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This was a memoir I remember reading as a teen several times--I suddenly thought of it and would love to read again and share with my daughter. But I can't remember the title. Both the husband and wife were from were military, Catholic families --the narrator was the wife, husband's name was Frank, I believe, and they blended a household with a crazy number of kids (17?? 19??) I remember being fascinated by the description of the number of eggs they all ate for breakfast.
Does anybody else remember this book?
#1 - December 21, 2012, 03:53 PM

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Was it Cheaper by the Dozen? I loved that book. The husband's name was Frank, but they had "only" 12 kids.
#2 - December 21, 2012, 04:14 PM
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I was going to say Cheaper by the Dozen too -- but I didn't think that was a blended family. I could be wrong, though...I also loved that book.
#3 - December 21, 2012, 04:19 PM

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Oh, I just looked it up: Who Gets the Drumstick, which I never read, but was made into the movie Yours, Mine, and Ours, which I saw and enjoyed. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/us/frank-beardsley-yours-mine-and-ours-real-life-father-dies-at-97.html
#4 - December 21, 2012, 04:33 PM
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Yep, Who Gets the Drumstick. I remember both the book and the movie.
#5 - December 21, 2012, 04:36 PM

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Oh gosh, I loved both Cheaper by the Dozen and Who Gets the Drumstick!
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And Yours, Mine and Ours was the inspiration for The Brady Bunch.   :afro: 
#7 - December 21, 2012, 11:27 PM

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I was thinking Cheaper by the Dozen ... Never heard of Drumstick, but now I've got to read it.
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#8 - December 22, 2012, 08:16 AM
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Yes! Who Gets the Drumstick.
Thanks so much, Debby!
I'm going to check to see if it's still available.
#9 - December 22, 2012, 12:09 PM

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It's odd that you asked this question just now - Frank just died a few days ago - I saw his obituary in the Washington Post. Frank and Helen had two kids of their own after they blended their families of 18 kids I think when they married. . . . I'm from a fairly large Catholic family and we loved "Yours, Mine and Ours". I had no idea there was a book first, I'll have to look for it.
#10 - December 23, 2012, 06:25 PM
Freaky Funky Fish ( Running Press Kids, Spring 2021)
Tell Someone (Albert Whitman, Fall 2021)

$25 and up for used copies! And our library system doesn't have it.
Oh well.
This would be a great one for a publisher to publish as an e-book.
#11 - December 24, 2012, 11:03 AM

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I loved the movie, not knowing it was based on a book, have no idea how good it is related to the book.
#12 - December 24, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Cheaper by the Dozen (the non-fiction book, not the movie) was fantastic, as were the sequels. I was fascinated by the efficiency expert stuff. (And equally horrified as a child. I would NOT have liked living in their house! hehe). However, they were not a blended family.

I immediately thought of Yours, Mine, and Ours which was a hilarious movie (the original). I didn't know it was based on a book, though. Interesting!
#13 - December 26, 2012, 01:24 PM
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