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Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1) Paperback – September 1, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Set in Cincinnati, OH, during the Great Depression, these books introduce fourth-grade Kit. In Meet Kit, her father must close his car dealership and join the large number of unemployed. In an effort to make ends meet, her mother takes in boarders; Mrs. Howard and her son Stirling settle into Kit's newly redecorated bedroom, while the girl makes the best of her new space in the attic. In Kit Learns a Lesson, her older brother gets a job rather than attend college, and Kit helps her mother clean. Additional boarders have moved in and there is more work than ever. When a classmate's taunts lead to an altercation, Stirling, Kit, and her best friend are punished. They must deliver food collected by the students to the local soup kitchen, and Kit is shocked to see her father on line for lunch. Still, this is a somewhat idealized portrayal of the Depression. Full-page color illustrations and spot art appear throughout. Photos, reproductions, and explanations of the period follow in each of these transitional chapter books.
Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-5. The year is 1934 and the name is Kit Kittredge, the newest character in the popular American Girls series. In Meet Kit , she's pounding out a newspaper on the typewriter in her room and longing for some news fit to print. As the Great Depression comes closer to home, news pours in: first, Mrs. Howard and her son come to stay with Kit's family when Mr. Howard leaves for Chicago to find work. Then Dad loses his job and Mother takes in boarders to make ends meet. Kit Learns a Lesson deals with the effects of the Depression on the household and on the community at large. The last section of each book fills in social history of the period, with clearly written texts and black-and-white photographs. Full-color paintings by Walter Rane illustrate the texts. Two short, fast-moving, and involving stories in the tradition of the series. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584850167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584850168
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on September 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought Kit's Surprise was a much stronger book than either of the first two in the series. It really developed the characters more, including Kit and her best friend, Ruthie. It also had a legitimate problem and a good solution, as well as a nice Christmasy ending. I liked it a lot.
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I read this book only because of that fact that when I was young, I absolutley loved the American Girls more than anything else in the world. And I'm glad I did, because they got me interested in history. Reading books like these will encourage young girls to move onto more challenging and realistic historical fiction as they grow older, such as the Dear America series. This book "introduces" the newest American Girl, nine-year-old Kit Kitteradge (who thought up that name, anyway?), who lives with her family in Cincinatti during the Depression. (Again, problem: the cover says the setting is 1934, the historical note says 1932. Not that little girls are going to notice.) Kit and her family are affected by the Great Depression, but her concerns are petty next to the larger problems facing most citizens of the country. Her dad loses his business. Her mom opens a boardinghouse. Kit has to give up her room to paying borders and live in the attic. Not so harsh when there were kids not much older than her living off their own wits. Kit wasn't exactly the most well-developed character, either - she's just defined as liking and disliking various things, and often acts selfish and spoiled, before suddenly realizing her mistakes. Still, I give the book five stars because it is sure the entertain the audience it is intended for.
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Tripp wrote a lovely story depicting a nine-year-old girl, Kit, going through the Depression in Cincinnati. She and her family face a very difficult situation when her father, a man she deeply admires, loses his job.
This book conveys an important message to other young girls who do not understand what the Depression was all about, or the impact it had on so many people. Kit is your typical nine-year-old and she comes from a typical middle-class family in Cincinnati. This allows young girl readers to identify with this fun-loving character. Tripp's use of description helps paint a picture for the reader. For example, when Tripp describes Kit's mother she writes, "Mother looked as cool and slender as a mint leaf in her pale green dress."
This is an excellent book to read, especially for 8 - 12 year olds. Girls will definitely enjoy it more than boys since Kit, the main character, is a girl; however, she enjoys baseball and not the frilly things, so boys may enjoy this too.
Meet Kit will help reluctant readers want to read due to its easy languague. Then the reader can pick up the next book to learn even more about Kit.
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A Kid's Review on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Kit's Surprise is my favorite American Girl Book! The setting is nineteen thirty four in Cincinatti. Kit's dad has lost his job and her family is struggling to have enough money to pay their bills. Kit is highly discouraged because she is asked to care for her nasty uncle. He always has a list of jobs ready for Kit. She becomes even more sad because she and her best friend Ruthie get into a huge fight. Can Kit find a way to brighten up the holidays? Read this book to find out!
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Format: Hardcover
In 1932 Kit finds that she has hard lessons to learn about the Great Depression, both at home and at school. Like the first book they have to have boarders living in their house because of the money situations. Her father lost his job and Kit is praying that her father will get a job. Every day Kit's father pretends to go on job interviews so Kit thinks that it will turn out all right (even though he doesn't.) At school one day Kit was asked to take the Thanksgiving basket to the food pantry and there she finds out that her father is depending on the food pantry for food. She is ashamed that this is true. To find out if her father gets a job you have to read the book.
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Kit is definitely one of our favorite girls. We love the values of the 1930s. What a great historical read for girls who love history as mine do, or those who don't! Kit is resourceful, ambitious and a go-getter...all great characteristics for American Girls. The movie is also a great addition to your American Girl collection. This is great for unit studies for the Great Depression!
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This is another in the American Girls Short Stories series about Kit Kittredge, a nine-year-old girl living in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is 1934, the Great Depression is deepening, and Kit finds more to worry about. Having overheard that her family might lose their house, Kit jumps at a chance to bring in money by doing odd jobs for her rich but peevish uncle. Taking every opportunity to maximize her earnings, Kit gives a Christmas gift to the family...enough money to pay the electric bill for another month.

I often sing the praises of the American Girls books, and this one is just as good (if not better) than the others. Once again, this book teaches a wonderful lesson, and does it with an exquisite story. As before, I enjoyed Walter Rane's illustrations, which are just perfect for the story. Also, the final chapter is about Christmas 1934, and what it was like for so many Americans. My ten-year-old daughter and I give this book two thumbs up!
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