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Kit wishes that she had something interesting to write about in the little Meet Kit : An American Girl, This is the first in a series of books about Kit. Meet Kit has ratings and reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Meet Kit. Meet Kit: An American Girl Lesson for Grades Meet Kit: An American Girl book cover. Students listen to the story Meet Kit about a young girl's life in America.
I was pleasantly surprised, as I started reading the book, that Kit is not so much a girly-girl as her sweater set might suggest. Right away, Kit complains about her pink, newly remodeled bedroom, and I realized my daughter had a kindred spirit in Kit. The book gave way to good conversation, such as the concept of boarders, a mortgage, and the kinds of sacrifices that must be made when money is tight.
I sort of glossed over the chapter that dealt with the historical relevance of Kit's story, although my daughter was very, very moved by the idea that some children fell asleep in school because they did not have enough to eat.
Finally, all of my growling about finishing dinner made some sense to her. While I appreciated the "moral of the story," my daughter loved Kit's sassiness. She pouts, she wants things her way, she gets into trouble. Like I said, kindred spirits. All in all, our my first foray into the American Girl series was a good one.
My daughter was anxious to start book 2 the moment we closed book 1. 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. 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.
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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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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. How much do you pay me? Uncle Hendrick tells her she was wrong and tells her she may go. Mother gave Kit a sympathetic smile, but Kit felt sorrier for Mother. Kit went back inside but stayed in the dining room where she could hear the two talk. Uncle Hendrick sighs that he warned them it would be a bad idea to throw all of their money into the car dealership.
He says that if they had listened, they wouldn't be in this mess, and he states he won't help them as he doesn't want to throw good money after bad. Mother assures her Uncle they'll be fine, sure that Mr. Kittedge would fin a job soon. Uncle Hendrick snorts and says a man like him wouldn't find a job, especially during these hard times. Kit realized her fists were clenched as she felt the urge to punch Uncle Hendrick.
She hated it when Uncle Hendrick talked poorly about her dad, but other didn't say anything. Uncle Hendrick asks Mother what they will do in the meantime. He suggests they sell their home, though he doubted anyone would buy it. He tells her the house was a foolish extravagant buy and they must owe the bank thousands of dollars. Mother responds this was their house and they would do anything to keep it.
Uncle Hendrick asks how they will keep it, but Mother doesn't reply. He starts to act smug, saying there was nothing they could do to keep the house. Mother slowly says they could take in boarders, and Kit felt as surprised as Uncle Hendrick sounded. Mother goes on and says they could take in nurses and teachers, and Kit admires her mother's words.
Uncle Hendrick, having heard enough, tells Mrs. Kittredge that if his sister, Mrs. Kittredge's own mother, could see her today, it would break her heart.
He then strode back to his car and drove away. Kit walked onto the terrace and asks her Mother if they were really going to take in boarders. Mother smiles one of her real smiles and admits she surprised herself by saying that. She only intended to shock Uncle Hendrick, but she did like her idea very much. Kit asks how Dad was going to respond and Mrs.
Kittrdge says that was a good question. Kit wasn't sure if she liked her mother's idea, not excited at the idea of sharing her house with strangers after Stirling had ended badly for her. Kit could tell her dad wasn't crazy about it either. At the dinner table, whom Mrs. Howard and Stirling were absent from, Mother explained their house had lots of rooms that could be put to use.
Dad explained he felt the idea was necessary as he was making an effort to find a job, but Mother interrupts him and says this would be a way to earn money in the meantime. He sighs he hated the idea of Mother waiting on other people in her own home, but Mother says the whole family would chip in and help, stating it as if the boarders idea was settled. Kit wasn't surprised; it was hard to dissuade her mother when she made up her mind.
Kit asks where the boarders would stay and Mother explains Charlie could move to the sleeping porch and have someone in his room.
Charlie shrugs and says he was all right with the plan, and Mother thanks him. She then explains her plan to find two teachers or nurses to share the guest room. Kit perks up and asks if that meant Stirling and his mother would be leaving. Mother explains they would stay as paying guests and Kit asks where they would stay. Mother calmly says they will stay in Kit's room and Kit is shocked.
Mother explains they need the Howards if they want to pay the mortgage, and she already calculated it all out. Kit asks where she would sleep and Mother says she thought of moving Kit to the attic where there was plenty of room. Kit was angry that she was going to exiled to the attic while Stirling moved into her room.
In her head, Kit envisioned her headline 'It's Not Fair! Ruthie points out that Kit didn't even like her old room that much as it was too pink and asks why she was so mad about moving out of it. Kit answers she was mad because it was hers, well aware she sounded peevish. The fact that Ruthie was right only made Kit angrier.
Kit says that room had belonged to her since she was a baby, and was upset Stirling was going to have it Kit asks why Stirling didn't have to move up to the attic and Ruthie calmly guesses that it was because his mother paid the rent now.
Ruthie looks around and says the attic didn't look so bad. It reminded her of the room Sara Crewe had to move into after she lost all of her money in 'The Little Princess'.
Kit, feeling impatient with Ruthie's princesses, says that Sara Crewe's room was made beautiful by a practically magical Indian guy. Ruthie says that Mrs. Kittredge was also practically magic and could help improve Kit's new room. Kit tells Ruthie she was sure her Mother would help her, but she was wrong. That afternoon, as Kit helped Mother make the beds, she asked how they were going to fix up the attic. Mother tells Kit she wouldn't be able to help as she carried the sheets for Stirling's cot in Kit's room.
She explains that she was too busy preparing for the boarders and suggests that after helping her out it could poke around up in the attic and see what she could find. Kit was hurt by her mother's distracted manner; she had paid so much attention to Kit's pink room, but didn't seem to give a hoot about Kit's attic. Afterwards, Kit slowly climbed the attic stairs and looked around the dusty, lumpy piles. Kit noticed her old desk and chair hidden under a bumpy mattress, along with some boxes.
Kit knelt by one of the boxes and thinks how if this were a book, she would find something wonderful. But Kit only found junk in the box: Kit sank to the floor, overwhelmed by sadness. When Kit wished for a change that would make a dramatic headline, Kit never imagined getting so many terrible changes.
Her dad lost his job, Kit lost her room, and in a way, they were going to lose their house as it would be filled with strangers and nothing would ever be the same. Stirling gives Kit a tack. Kit almost never cried, but she was fighting back tears when Stirling's head popped up from the stairs. Kit asks what he was doing out of bed as she roughly brushed away her tears.
She could tell he knew she was crying, but Stirling only said he was bringing up Kit's stuff from her room. As he hands Kit a box, Kit notices the smoothed-out article about Ernie Lombardi on top of it. Kit thanks him and Stirling also gives a Kit a tack for her article. He looks around the attic and comments she could put up her article anywhere where wanted to before leaving. After Stirling left, Kit looked at the article and felt oddly cheered by the photograph.
She figured that Stirling was right. She could put anything anywhere she wanted to in the attic. Kit looked around the long narrow attic. There were regular windows at both ends of the room, and there were dormer windows along the alcoves.
Kit opened one of the windows, knelt down, stuck her head out and came face to face with a tree branch. Kit got a funny, excited feeling as she suddenly knew exactly what she wanted to do. Over the next few days, Kit was glad no one seemed to care what she was doing in the attic. After helping Mother with chores, Kit would go to the attic where she cleaned the windows, swept the floor, and moved junk to the other half of the attic.
After the cleaning was done, Kit got to the fun part. In one alcove Kit put her old desk and chair, along with the gooseneck lamp, telephone, broken camera, and her typewriter to make a newspaper office alcove. In another alcove, Kit tacked up her Ernie Lombardi article and hung up her baseball glove and binoculars figuring they would be handy if she ever went to a Red's game.
That was her baseball alcove. Kit made bookshelves out of old boards and arranged her books on them in the third alcove and shoved an old chair that was losing its stuffing over there to make her reading alcove. The last alcove was Kit's favorite as she put the mattress on an old bed frame and pushed it into the alcove with a pillow next to the window. She then surrounded the bed with some of Mother's potted plants.
This was her tree house alcove. On the first night Kit slept in her tree house alcove, Mother came up to say good night.