Book Reviews of Kit's Surprise: A Christmas Story, 1934 (American Girls Collection, Bk 3)

Kit's Surprise: A Christmas Story, 1934 (American Girls Collection, Bk 3)
Kit's Surprise A Christmas Story 1934 - American Girls Collection, Bk 3
Author: Valerie Tripp
ISBN-13: 9781584850205
ISBN-10: 1584850205
Publication Date: 9/2000
Pages: 73
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: American Girl
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Kit Kittredge is a nine year old girl with a nose for news. But since most of the new in the early 1930's is about the hard times of the Depression, Kits writes her own newspaper stories. She report on what happens at home while Dad is at work-like the day Mother invites fussy Mrs. Howard and her son to stay with them. Kit is excited to have a boy her own age to play with, but Stirling is disappointment and he causes Kit nothing but trouble. Then when Dad loses his business becasue of the Depression, Mother gets a brainstorm that turns the Kittredge household upside down.
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Helpful Score: 2
My daughter loves the American Girl books. This is the first book in the "Kit" series. A fun way to learn more about historical time periods. Kit is growing up in the depression. ( 1930's )
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Helpful Score: 1
My daughter and I are really enjoying this series. It sort of helps put today into perspective AND understandable terms. Kit is a great character.
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This is about Kit who is living in the depression.
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It was really, really good and perfect to read during the holidays.
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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.
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It was an awesome book. So far Kit is a favorite in the American Girl series.
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I love Kit. She has great spirit.
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Kit hopes dad will find a new job soon. Kit won't have to get up early every morning before school to help Mother with the chores for the bothersome boarders, the people who pay to live in the Kittredges house. Best of all, Kit will have more time to write newspapers for Dad, like she used to. But when Kit helps deliver her class's Thanksgiving food basket to a soup kitchen, she realizes that the Depression has changed some things permanently and she learns a surprising lesson about being thankful.
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I thought this was a fun story but true to life in dealing with other's feelings when tying to be "thoughtful" and how to deal with grumpy relatives while keeping a since of humor and self-respect.
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I wasn't much impressed by the American Girls series, especially when they began advertising the dolls!

I did like the books about Kit, however, with their depiction of how people coped - or didn't cope! - with mass unemployment, poverty, bread lines, hobo jungles, runaway husbands, etc., and about the New Deal measures that were taken by the Roosevelt Administration.

Each short book (about 50 pages) ends with a brief historical section about the period, illustrated with photographs.

I may buy all six to give at Christmas to my youngest granddaughter...
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Great American Girls Collection Series---Book 1
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The first in the Kit series
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I love Kit! She is clever.
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Beautiful Git copy.
Meet Kit in Cincinnati , Ohio during the great depression.1934. Kit's dad loses his business. Her mother moves Kit and her brother out of their rooms and turns their home into a boarding house.Kit loves to write and on an old typewriter writes news stories.The Great Depression turns their lives upside down. When will Dad get a job and things be normal again for Kit? This series really looks at the Great Depression and all the problems it causes.In the back of the book are new stories, Pictures and facts about this difficult time in American History. This series is not just for kids, it's for adults as well .I read this series too
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Kit learns a lesson is a school story. Nicely written.
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Beautiful gift copy.

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.. Photos, reproductions, and explanations of the period follow in the back of the book.
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A great gift the hardcover 1st story in the KIt book series, Book 1 of 6. KIt is a 10 year old girl living in 1934 in Cincinnati , Ohio during the GReat Depression. Her life changes dramatically as her father loses his job, and her mother opens Kit's home as a boarding house. Kit has to move to the attic, her brother to an outdoor porch, and her parents to the sewing room, so they can rent out all their bedrooms. Kit starts raising a garden and chickens and helps her mother put 2 meals a day on the table for the boarders.