Welcome to the Real Gilbreth Family! Standing are Fred, Dan and Jack. Seated are Frank Jr, Martha, Dr. On laps are Jane and Bob. Seated in front are Bill and Lillian Jr. New Book!
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Plot[ edit ] 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 title comes from one of Frank Sr. How come you got so many kids? At several points in the book, a total number of children is spoken of as being In real life, although the Gilbreths had 12 children who survived infanthood, only up to 11 were living at the time of the stories.
In fact, when Mary died of diphtheria at age five, seven of her siblings were not yet born, so there never were 12 children alive at the same time. In the rest of the book, only the 11 children who lived to adulthood are mentioned by name. The stories in the book are organized topically. They skip around in time, and the details of the timing are not always made clear. For example, Bill is mentioned as having been 6 years old at the time of the story in which he honks the car horn while his father is under the hood trying to fix the engine.
This would have been around , before the three youngest children were born, though this detail is not mentioned. The book ends with the sudden death of Frank Sr. At that time, the oldest child Anne was 20 years old and the youngest Jane was nearly 2 years old. Cheaper by the Dozen was adapted as a stage play in by Christopher Sergel.
Furthermore, Lorraine and Tom argue about how much time she should be allotted in front of the mirror in the mornings. He allots her a few extra minutes, connecting back to the time efficiency specialist that the father, Frank Gilbreth, was in the film. The prose
Sequel[ edit ] Because of the success of Cheaper by the Dozen, Gilbreth and Carey wrote a follow-up to their book, entitled Belles on Their Toes , which was also made into a movie by 20th Century-Fox. Another film called Cheaper by the Dozen, also about a child family, but with totally different characters and storyline, was made 53 years later starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. Comparison to real life[ edit ] The birth order in which Cheaper by the Dozen portrays some of the children is not the same order in which the real Gilbreth children were born. For example, Robert who was born in is shown as being born in , as the last child after Jane who was born in In real life, Mary, who was the second child, died in , aged 5. However, in the film Cheaper by the Dozen, Mary is placed as the third child after Ernestine, and has few or no lines.
Cheaper By the Dozen