About the books
Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on their Toes were written by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, two of the twelve children of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth. Frank and Lillian were efficiency experts who were interested in bringing modern principles of efficiency not just to the factory but to the home. The combination of efficiency experiments and a large family set the stage for many humorous stories, some of which are recounted in the Gilbreths' books.
Cheaper by the Dozen
was first published in 1949 by Thomas Crowell Company.
Belles on their Toes was first
published in 1950 by Thomas Crowell Company.