Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Remembering Kit Kittredge Books

For 5 years I was known locally as "The American Girl Club lady" so I simply had to take Meggar to see the newest American Girl movie. Of course, we had to drive to Kansas City since it has not come to our town. My boys thought they were too old for a G rating - especially one about a girl! To their surprise, there was not one doll in the whole movie. In the end, it was a funny yet poignant hit with all of us (ages 10 to 40-something). Based on the Depression-era series of books by Valerie Tripp (a Catholic writer whom we met in 2003 at Hallmark), this short film offered a sneak peak into Cincinnati during 1934. Kids today would do well to learn from it. Soup kitchens, hobo secret symbols, and feed-sack dresses were just some of the lessons Kit experienced firsthand. American Girl afficianados will be pleased with the attention to details, like Kit's necklace, pet dog, desk lamp, typewriter, ball mitt, and friend Ruthie. It was a good foundation for a little unit study before school begins, and we will be more thankful for our blessings from God.

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