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Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kit meets economic adversity with courage, spunk.

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Meet Kit

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Kit's an inherently likable character, upbeat and friendly but by no means perfect, as exemplified when she resents the boarders who have moved into her home. Snippets of her home-typed paper are endearingly misspelled but as sincere as her affections for her family and friends. The author has done an excellent job describing the roots of the Depression in language appropriate for readers 8-12, and the historical photos and notes at the end of the book will deepen the understanding of young history buffs. As Kit begrudgingly adapts to her family's new economic status, she searches for the silver lining in the situation. Her positive approach to adversity is a good lesson for kids in any situation.

When MEET KIT: AN AMERICAN GIRL 1934 was written in 2000, the economy was expanding at a record pace, and the travails of a little girl during the Great Depression probably seemed quaint. Reviewing the book in 2008 in the midst of a housing crisis and rising gas prices, it reads more like a cautionary tale of how ingenuity and optimism can help overcome the inevitable challenges of life in a declining economy. Even so, the main character's pluckiness will have readers rooting for her to prevail.

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