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Review of American Girl Kit books 1-3

My 9 year-old daughter Dee-dee has recently started reading the American Girl books.  She has loved the first three Kit books, and finished “Meet Kit”, Kit Learns a Lesson”, and “Kit’s Surprise” in just under a week.  These books are now been retired and have been amalgamated in the Beforever Kit book 1,”Read All About it“.  This is Dee-dee’s review in her own words, beware there are spoilers!

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Meet Kit: Book 1

This book introduces us to Kit a nine year old girl, who lives during the Depression.  Kit loves to write newspapers for her Dad to read, in return he gives her the real newspaper to read.  Her best friend is Ruthie, she also loves reading.  Kit has a lot of adventures in this book, and her friend Ruthie dreams of being a princess.  They are quite different from one another but they are still friends.  Kit’s older brother, Charlie can’t go to college because the family doesn’t have enough money.  Stirling, Kit’s friend is sick and he and his mother move into Kit’s house because Stirling’s father has lost his job.  Kit’s Dad also loses his job and has to move to Chicago to look for work, this makes Kit sad.  Kit and her friends try to find a way to save money, so her Dad can come home.

What did you like about the book?

I liked meeting Kit and her friends, and that Kit likes helping people out like I do.

What didn’t you like about the book?

I didn’t like the sad part of the book when Kit’s Dad lost his job.

What was your favorite part of the book? Why?

I don’t know, I liked all of it.

Who was your favorite character? Why?

Kit, because she is a lot like me.  She likes to figure things out too.

If the main character in that story lived next door, would you be friends?

Yes!

What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?

That Kit’s real name isn’t really Kit, it’s Margaret.

Would you have ended the book differently? 

No

Did it end the way you thought it would?

No

Did the problem of the book’s plot get solved?

No

If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?

I would change that Kit was mean to Stirling.

Kit Learns a Lesson: Book 2

In this book, Kit’s Mom brings in boarders to earn more money.  Kit doesn’t like the boarders because she has to move out of her room, and into the attic.  After time she learns to like being in the attic.  Stirling and his mother move into Kit’s room.  In this book you meet Kit’s great uncle Hendrick.

What did you like about the book?

I liked that it was so funny.  Stirling put glue and feathers on a stool at school and a mean boy named Roger in Kit’s grade sat on it.  They called him “Mr. Turkey pants”.

What didn’t you like about the book?

There was no part that I didn’t like.

What was your favourite part of the book? Why?

My favourite part was when Kit tells us about her secret getaway out the window of the attic, just like Robin Hood.

Who was your favourite character? Why?

Kit, because she has lots of adventures.

What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?

That Kit’s Dad had lied about going for job interviews, and was going to the soup kitchen everyday to get food for the family and boarders.

Would you have ended the book differently?

No.

Did it end the way you thought it would?

Yes.

Did the problem of the book’s plot get solved?

No, Kit’s Dad still doesn’t have a job.

If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?

I would change that Kit, Ruthie, and Stirling had gotten in trouble, and I wish that Roger would have had to take the food to the soup kitchen.

Kit’s Surprise: Book 3

This book is during Christmas, and Kit and Ruthie go to see a movie about Amelia Earhart and Dottie Drew.  Kit loved Amelia Earhart, and wanted to be like her someday, and Ruthie wanted to be like Dottie Drew, the movie star.  Kit and Ruthie get into a big fight and Stirling drew a picture of Kit as Amelia Earhart flying an airplane, and in the back of the airplane, Ruthie as Dottie Drew.  He gave this picture to Kit to give to Ruthie to help them be friends again.  At the end of the book Kit wrote Ruthie a book about her as a Amelia Earhart, and Ruthie as Dottie Drew for Christmas.  Uncle Hendrick gets sick and Kit and goes each day to help him.  Kit walked to Uncle Hendrick’s home rather than riding the streetcar, so she could save money to pay for the electric bill as Christmas present to her mother.

What did you like about the book?

I liked that they were able to have a happy Christmas in the end.

What didn’t you like about the book?

I didn’t like that Kit was ordered around by her bossy, mean, old Uncle Hendrick.

What was your favourite part of the book? Why?

My favourite part of the book was the end, when everyone was happy.

Who was your favourite character? Why?

Ruthie, because even though Kit was really mean to her, she was able to forgive her.

What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?

Uncle Hendrick has a really mean, old dog named Inky.

Would you have ended the book differently? 

No.

Did it end the way you thought it would?

No, it ended better, I thought that Ruthie and Kit wouldn’t be friends again.

Did the problem of the book’s plot get solved?

No, they still don’t have enough money, and Kit’s Dad is still without work.

If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?

That it was so slippery and windy outside that Kit had to spend Christmas Eve night at Uncle Hendrick’s house.

Dee-dee is reading the last three books in the series, and will have another review ready soon!

~Meg~

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2 thoughts on “Review of American Girl Kit books 1-3

    • I haven’t read these books, but I loved the movie. I am reading Caroline right now, I am certainly loving that book… one day I hope to find a Caroline doll I can afford ❤

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