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Meet Kit: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kit #1)

Meet Kit: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kit #1)

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by Valerie Tripp, Walter Rane (Illustrator)

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When her father's business closes and her family is forced to make changes because of the Great Depression, nine-year-old Kit responds with resourcefulness. American Girls Collection/Kit #1.


When her father's business closes and her family is forced to make changes because of the Great Depression, nine-year-old Kit responds with resourcefulness. American Girls Collection/Kit #1.

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Children's Literature
Living in the Appalachia Mountains during the Depression was a challenge. One evening it started to snow and when it stopped the front of the house was covered. Everyone had to dig out so Dad could get to town. Christmas was coming and there would be the Sears & Roebuck catalogue. During a storm the wind caused a large pine tree to fall on the house. The house was a total loss. The family moved all their belongings into the barn and the animals into the house. As the family got settled in the barn, they knew Papa would build a new house when the snow melted. However, because of the snow the family had to stay on the mountain, so there would be no presents from town. The children decided they would make a hat for their Mama and a shirt for their Papa. On Christmas morning the children found their stockings filled with homemade candy. After breakfast Papa uncovered a special trunk, with presents for all the children. The door opened and their Grandma and Grandpa arrived from town to share Christmas dinner. After dinner they sat around the fireplace and listened to stories about Christmases past. Readers will enjoy this glimpse into Christmas many years ago. 2001, Pleasant Company, $12.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Karen Werner
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is the first story of three about Kit, a spunky young girl living in Cincinnati in the early 1930s. She, along with her family and friends, are learning how to cope during the desperate times of the Great Depression. Despite the worry caused by her father's recent job loss, Kit approaches life with the optimism that has always served her well. Books, imagination, humor, friendship, and resilience help Kit remain steady during an otherwise tragic time. As part of the "American Girls Collection," this book will inspire young girls to keep their chins up during a challenge and at the same time learn about this period in American history. The book ends with an historical snapshot of the early thirties, giving the reader a deeper factual understanding of the Great Depression. Beautiful oil paintings accompany the story and actual photographs enhance the historical section. It is a good book for those girls seeking a series that promises many more stories to come and opportunities to start up a significant collection of dolls and their accessories (there is a perforated sheet for catalogue ordering included). 2000, Pleasant Company Publications, Ages 7 to 10, $12.95. Reviewer: Andrea Sears Andrews—Children's Literature
The newest "American Girl," Kit is a resourceful young woman struggling during the Great Depression. The book's "Peek into the Past" section showcases information and photographs of the United States during the 1930's. Kit is a sure winner! Part of the "American Girls Collection" series. 2000, Pleasant Company, $5.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Cahners Business Information.

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Amer Girl Pub
Publication date:
American Girl Collection Series: Kit , #1
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet Kit an American Girl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Jocelyn123 More than 1 year ago
Extra good book!Extra good book!Meet Kit is a great book for children about 7 and up.Kit was living through some hard times.It get even harder when Kit's dad loses his job!Will Kit and her family have to live on the streets or will everything be okay?Read this amazing Kit adventure to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love American Girl books, they nice to read, and learn some history. Kit is my favorite doll in the company, I love Kit's story because it's about the depression. This book is like a girl's review about the hard times that Kit face. I actually have the doll because Kit's stiry was about depression. I never really get to learn the depression times, but Meet Kit book helps me learn things that I didn't know. I would give this book an A+! I recommend it to everyone no matter if you are an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its just as great as the movie
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
1934 Meet Kit - Growing up during America's Great Depression Kit learns to value money $$$$ and understands why money matters to people and what money is used to purchase. Some sacrifices need to be made during these troubled times for Kit, her family, and people across the USA. This novel is good for a history lesson on the Great Depression in the USA, it could even explain what is happening during the present USA recession from 2008 until the present time with unemployment, homelessness, and some people's feeling of hopelessness. Kit finds hope and opportunity in the many changes that occur in her family and home. This story encourages readers to stay hope-filled and be ready to face present and future challenges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister, Keira, has the doll Kit and the first two books. I read them both and they were great and well written.
Morgan6 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. Kit's family did not have a lot of money. This story took place during the Great Depression in the United States. Kit is 9 years old and has a 16 year old brother named Charlie. Kit's mother got angry with her. Some parts of the book made me sad and some made me happy. I like this book and I think other girls will like it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kit lives druing the great depression and trys to make the best of things even if some things are hard. How will it end? You have to read it to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm rating it 4**** because I liked it.And liked it because of the story.And I liked every single thing on it.There's no bad part in it.Except for 2 things.(1)Boarders(2)The Deppresion.WHY did they have to put that in? Why not some other historical thing?It's to DEPRESSING!!!But the boarders were bad!But if they'd cut out those parts it'd be better!Not that I didn't like the book!I loved it!I'm still reading Kit's Suprise though.I'm going to read every single American Girls book that's ever written!I've aleardy finished Samantha & Molly but there's still more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one is about a girl, time: the depresion. Lots of girls dads she knows have lost there jobs because every body is watching there money- But not Kit's! One by one the girls and boys are gonne from her school because of the depresion. Then her dad loses his job! What will Kit do?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of a 9 year old girl growing up in the great deppresion. Kit's dad lost his job. HOW WILL IT END???READ IT TO FIND OUT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I would recommend this book to other kids to read. This book takes place during the time of the Great Depression in 1934. People were loosing their jobs. Kit's mom had a garden club and one lady lost her job. Kit's mom offered them to stay there. When Kit found out her dad had lost his job, she was scared. Before her dad told Kit that he had lost his job at the auto shop; Kit's brother told her before he did. Her mom was making a boarding home with nurses. The reason they were hosting a boarding house was so they could get money to pay of the house. They had a loan from the bank to pay off. That's what this wonderfull story was all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is realy great. I thought it was very close to real life during the great depression in 1934. This book was about a girl named Kit. She was a very determined little girl. When she found out her dad had lost his job at the auto shop she was worried that they would be evicted from their house. So her mother decided to start a boarding house. There was a nurse, a doctor, and a lady from the mothers garden club. They had to have a boarding house because they needed the money to keep their house. They had a loan on their house so they had to pay off the bank to keep it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book. It was not like one of those boring history books. Kit is a 10 year old girl who is living during the 1930's. Otherwise know as the great deppression.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kit is a 9 year old girl living in the 1930s. I always love my grandmothers stories and Kit is almost as old as her. Meet Kit is better than any other of my grandma's stories! Meet Kit is a great book that not only girls but mothers too will like. I am a 9 year old girl and at night I always read Kit's stories with my mom and my mom likes them too! Is Meet Kit better than any of your grandma's stories? Read Meet Kit and find out for yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is left in frount of the orfanage he is a gray and white tom with hazel eyes he is new born and needs a name
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work here two and if you would like to adopt a kit go to res 1 where you can say what kind of kit you want and ill get one for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a place where kits go when they are abondoned lost or without a home. My name is Iceyfrost. I was abondoned as a kit and now i am here to bring these kits to a safe home where they are not scared or alone. We will be up for adoption after we have 2 or 3 queens and 2 kits who are healthy and happy. The nursury is result 2 but before you kits join pos a bio in result 3. If you wish to adopt a kit please go to result 4 to see if any kits are up for adoption. Put your bio in next result including the following: Your name gender mates name (if you are single dont bother posting anything) clan name and location and what kit/kits you would like to adopt. Remember to look through the kits bios before you decied. Also remeber to look at result four to see what kits are up for adoption. If you are interested in being a queen please contact me in result 6. Kits and Adopters please remember to erase your bios after you leave. Also dont post anything but bios in result 3 and 5 and dont post at all here and result 4. Contact me at result 6 if you have any questions. Have a good day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! You should try it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This warrior stuff stay away p.s just post i am adoupting _____kit my clan is at______res______
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do we adopt a kit? Emma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will rp for anyone but u will haveto be patient with me i have never read warriors someone will have to check meat all times respond to newbie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do all kits except from evil clan's kits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like a kit to rp for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rustkit: Orange tom with amber eyes. A carbon copy of his mother. <p> Stripekit: An orange and brown striped she. <p> Darkkit: A brown tabby tom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i have the kit doll and the makena doll and i love them