Ask any non-Jew where they first learned about Jews, and chances are it’s from the All-of-a-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor’s brilliant series about five sisters growing up in turn-of-the-century New York. Spanning the Lower East Side to the Bronx to abroad, the books detail the quotidian and the global: buying fish at the market; WWI; a vacation at Far Rockaway; a polio epidemic—creating an intimate and marvelous portrait of Jewish religion, culture, and family for generations of readers.