Meet Kit (American Girls Collection: Kit ) Book Review and Ratings by Kids - Valerie Tripp
Meet Kit: An American Girl is the first book in the Kit series. It was included Mr. Kittredge knelt down so he could look at Kit at eye level and tells her it was true. Cover image for Meet Kit, an American girl. Title: First in a series of six books about Kit. Reading Counts RC 3 Quiz: Guided reading level: O. Sep 1, Meet Kit (American Girls Collection: Kit ) has 2 reviews and 3 ratings. Interest Level, Reading Level, Reading A-Z, ATOS, Word Count.
The stories sounded like nice, wholesome little historical fiction books that had some educational value. But since I only ever took notice of them when they were sitting on the shelf, all that I knew for certain was that their white cover Somehow, I worked as a children's librarian for 5 years without reading an American Girl book. But since I only ever took notice of them when they were sitting on the shelf, all that I knew for certain was that their white covers got really, really filthy thank goodness they've been reissued.
So when I decided to expose my daughter to an American Girl this summer, I had no idea who to choose. My daughter is only four, and I didn't want to read something to her that was so over her head that she would get bored.
Plus, some topics were just too heavy for her to absorb yet. Still, I needed to start somewhere, and although I consider Barbara Park a genius, I could not bear the thought of reading all of the Junie B. InTripp and Pleasant Rowland decided to write a series of books about girls growing up all over the country during some of the most historical events of the past.
Rowland envisioned the books as one of the cornerstones of a new company she had just founded called the Pleasant Co. Tripp's first assignment for Pleasant Co.
Her other works include the Hopscotch Hill School series. The year is 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: Howard and her son come to stay with Kit's family when Mr.
Howard leaves for Chicago to find work. She found the article in the bottom drawer and races back to Stirling's room and shouts that she found it. Kit crashes into Mrs. Kit flung Stirling's door open, hitting Mrs. Howard who was holding a silver tray. Howard lurched forward and the tray was sent flying as well as Mother's favorite teacup. The teacup breaks on the ground and Mrs. Howard starts fussing at the mess. At the same time, Stirling started to cough loudly.
Kit tried to apologize louder than Stirling's coughing, and Charlie came in and added to the commotion as he asked what happened. They were all talking at once when Mother came in an asked what happened. Everyone stopped talking and Mother repeats her question, not sounding like her serene self. Everyone looked at Kit. Kit knew her Mother didn't like messes, so she tried to explain how it was an accident and she didn't know Mrs. Howard was behind the door. Mother held up her hand to stop Kit, saying she could imagine the rest.
She shakes her head as she reminds Kit she had to slow down and watch where she was going. Mother picked up the pieces of the broken cup and tells her to look at what she did.
Kit was shocked, it wasn't like Mother to scold her like this. Kit protests it was an accident and it wasn't anyone's fault. Mother says it was nobody's fault, yet they were still stuck in this mess. She asks Kit to leave, explaining she'll help Mrs. She also asks Kit not to barge into Stirling's room anymore and make a mess. Kit tries to protest, but Mother repeats her request for Kit to leave.
Kit gives up and storms back to her room. Kit was angry Mother thought it was all Kit's fault when it wasn't. She didn't mean to knock into Mrs.
Kit felt it was more of Stirling's fault than hers. If he wasn't sick, his mother wouldn't be bringing him hot tea in the afternoon. Kit flings herself and looks at the crumpled article in her hands.
She didn't care it was crumpled as she couldn't put it up on her new pink walls, and she sure wasn't going to show Stirling it. Kit decides that she wasn't going to try to be nice to 'old sniffle-nose' Stirling if it brought her this much trouble. Nothing made Kit more angry than being unjustly accused, and she thought how if characters in books were unjustly accused, people like Nancy Drew or Dick Tracy would come around and help. But in this case, Kit knew she would have to speak for herself and she decides to make a special newspaper for her dad.
That way, at least one person would know her side of the story. It's Not Fair Kit started to feel better as she pounded the typewriter keys as hard as she could. The good thing about writing was that she got to tell the story without anyone interrupting or contradicting her.
When she was done, Kit was pleased with her article. At the end, she wrote that if something bad happened at it wasn't anyone's fault, no one should be blamed.
Kit pulled out her article and waited outside on the steps for her father to come home. She had brought a book about Robin Hood to read as she waited. She had not read much when she heard the screen door behind her open and close. Kit kept on reading, but heard Charlie say hi as he sat next to her. Kit didn't answer him, feeling a little put out with him for adding to the trouble in Stirling's room. Charlie asks Kit what was eating her and Kit huffily replies "Nothing.
He asks what it was about and Kit tells him it was about what happened earlier. Charlie tells her she shouldn't make a big deal out of it, but Kit tells him that was easy for him to say. Charlie took a deep breath and in a suddenly serious tone, he tells Kit she shouldn't bother Dad with her newspaper today. Charlie tells Kit about the bankruptcy.
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Kit slams her book shut and asks why not. Charlie looked over his shoulder, making sure no one except Kit could hear him. He asks Kit if she knew how lots of people lost their job due to the Depression and Kit says yes, citing Mr. Howard as an example. Charlie then explains that yesterday Dad told him and Mother that he was closing down the car dealership and going out of business. Kit was horrified as she asked why.
Charlie says "What do you think? Kit asks why Dad didn't say anything about this before. Charlie explains he didn't want them, the family, to worry and he hoped that things would improve if he just hung on.
He didn't even fire any of his salesmen, paying their salaries with his own savings. Kit asks what he was going to do now and Carlie admits he didn't know.
Dad would even have to return his car as he couldn't afford it. Charlie guesses that their dad would just have to look for a new job, despite it being hopeless these days. Kit, feeling so sure that Charlie was wrong, tells him that plenty of people would be happy to hire him, either remembering him from college or seeing how smart and hardworking he was.
Charlie shrugs and explains that there simply wasn't any jobs to be had, hence why people were going away. Struck by a terrible thought, Kit asks if Dad would have to leave like Mr.
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After having another terrible thought, Kit asks if they would lose their house like the Howards did. Charlie says he didn't know and Kit struggled to breathe. Charlie explains that it would be a struggle to keep the house as their parents still had to pay the mortgage for it. If they didn't pay it, then the bank would literally throw them and their belongings out of the house.
Kit fiercely states that won't happen and Charlie says he hopes not. Kit asks why Dad told other and him about the job, but not her.
Charlie sighs a huge, sad sigh and explains Dad told him because it meant he wouldn't be able to go to college. Kit, knowing just how much Charlie had been looking forward to college, says "That's terrible! Charlie tells her that a lot of unfair things happened lately, and there was no one to blame and nothing they could do about it.
Charlie sounds tired, as if he grew old all of a sudden. He tells Kit that life wasn't like books with a clear good and bad guy, and sometimes there was no happily ever after. Kit felt an odd combination of fear and anger.
Things were happening so fast! Kit asks what was going to happen to them and Charlie says he didn't know. He stood up to go, but Kit asks him to wait. She asks why he told her about Dad. She asks if he told her so she wouldn't give the paper to Dad, but Charlie tells her she was a part of the family and she deserved to know. Kit thanks Charlie, grateful he treated her like an adult. After Charlie left, Kit sat on the step thinking.
She realized why her dad was upset when he heard the Howards were coming; he had more mouths to feed. Kit also understood why her mother was so short-tempered today she must have been thinking about the situation they were in.
It wasn't their fault they fell into the hold of the Depression, but yet they had. As the sun started to set, Kit saw her dad like she never saw him before. He looked hot and tired, and now he had a discouraged droop in his shoulders.
Kit's hear twisted with sorrow and for a second, she didn't want to ace her dad. If she did, then she would have to face the news Charlie told her. Kit ran straight for her dad and hugged him like always.
After the hug, Kit tells him Charlie told her and asks if it was true. Kittredge knelt down so he could look at Kit at eye level and tells her it was true. She asks if they were going to be alright, and he admits he didn't know. Kit hugged her dad again, crumpling her article behind his back. Kit's article seemed silly and babyish now. Her dad didn't need to read it; he already knew all about things that weren't fair.
She considered worrying about a problem a waste of time when she could do something to fix it. But Kit and her family had never had a problem so serious before. Unable to go to sleep due to her worrying, Kit decided to write. She walked to her desk and pulled out a pencil and notepad.
Kit then wrote a list of what she could give up to save her family money. She writes 'no dancing lessons, no fancy dresses for dancing lessons,' then scolds herself.
She didn't mind giving up the things she wanted, but Kit knew she had to add the things she did want as well. Sadly, Kit added 'no lumber for a tree house, no new books, no tickets to baseball games, no sweets' to her list. Kit decided to show her dad the list but the next morning, Dad had already left.
Mother told Kit he had left to meet a business friend and Kit comments it would be great if he was offered a job. Mother says it would as she smiles, but Kit could tell it wasn't one of her real smiles. Ruthie finds Kit under the porch. Kit felt restless and jumpy and she wanted to be alone so she could work on her list. Kit, after wandering around the yard, found a good hideaway under the back porch.
Kit thought that no one would find her there, but Kit had not been hidden long before Ruthie crawled in. Kit asks how she always found her and Ruthie shrugs, saying she just thinks where she would be if she was Kit.
She asks Kit why she was hiding and Kit simply says her dad lost his job. Ruthie softly apologizes and the two sit together in silence. That's what Kit liked about Ruthie: She didn't need to talk all the time.
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Ruthie breaks the silence as she asks Kit was she was going to do. Kit shows her the list she made and Ruthie reads through it. She mentioned her ideas were good, but she sounded doubtful. She admits that she never gave money much thought before and Ruthie says she hasn't either. Kit tells Ruthie that her Dad had used most of his savings to pay his salesmen, and soon there wouldn't be any money left. She asks what they will do then and Ruthie comments she read lots of books about people who lived with no money.
Kit points out those characters lived in a farm or a forest where at least they had a source of food while she lived in a modern city. Kit wonders if they will move to a farm, but Ruthie doubted Mrs.
Kittredge would like the idea. Kit agrees with her, adding that her family knew nothing about farming. Ruthie says she thinks they were just going to have to hope her dad gets a new job. Kit agrees, then turns to Ruthie as she comments that would be a great headline. Mother's Brainstorm Kit's dad did not find a job that day, or any other day after that, despite his efforts.
Every day he would put on a good suit and ride downtown with the intent to have lunch with a friend or a business acquaintance. Every day, Kit hoped her dad would bring good news but he always came back home tired and discouraged. One afternoon after a week had passed, Kit and Mother were shelling peas on the back porch when a black car pulled up in the driveway.
Mother sighs "Oh no," and Kit asks if it was Uncle Hendrick. Mother nods and tells Kit to put the peas in the kitchen and get some ice tea for them. Mother then smoothed her hair, adjusted her smile, and walked gracefully to the car. Kit was glad to escape to the house. Uncle Hendrick was Mother's uncle and her oldest relative, and he was always in a bad mood. Kit thinks that the last thing her Uncle needed was a lemon as she puts lemon slices in the glasses, as he was already a sourpuss.
Kit carried the iced tea to the terrace where Mother was in a chair and Uncle Hendrick was pacing back and forth. Uncle Hendrick stops when he sees Kit and Kit thinks "Here it comes. He asked about capitals, multiplication, and worse of all, word problems. He asks her "I have two bushels of Brussels sprouts I'm selling for five cents a peck.