Welcome to Kit's World, 1934 : Growing Up During America's Great Depression (The American Girls Collection)

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Through photographs, illustrations, and both factual and fictionalized anecdotes, shows what life was like in the United States during the Depression, including major historical events to the details of everyday life.

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Grade 3-6-An attractive, accessible presentation. The book starts with the 1920s and the dawning of the hard times that began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ends with a hope for a better future, although the war, which ended the Great Depression, is barely touched upon. The focus here is clearly on everyday life during these dismal times. Each topic is covered in a spread ("The Roaring Twenties," "Hard Travelin'," "Outdoor Fun," "Fashion," etc.). "A Depression for All" describes additional hardships faced by African Americans during this period. The oversized spreads are well designed, each with a liberal assortment of quality photos, many of them archival, of scenes and artifacts; reproductions of book and magazine covers, movie posters, and cartoon illustrations; drawings; or a painting. Kit Kittredge from the "Kit" series (American Girl) and her fictional environment make several appearances. There are no sources listed, and there is no index. Although italicized words are defined in the text, there is no glossary. This is a good introduction to this period, but will appeal primarily to readers of the series.
Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. This heavily illustrated volume in the American Girls series offers children a visually rich introduction to the Great Depression, represented by Kit growing up in 1934. Most of the very large, double-page spreads focus on specific topics, such as the crash of the stock market, Okies, movies, and the effects of the Depression on African Americans. A paragraph or more of text introduces each topic, which is developed in a series of well-captioned photos-- many from the period and others showing artifacts from that time--and sometimes an original painting. Occasionally a spread or a box within a spread will tell a story of children in the era. Some of these tales are fictional, but it is not always possible to tell which ones, an unfortunate circumstance in a nonfiction book. Still, children researching the period will find the book a stimulating introduction to everyday life during the Great Depression. Carolyn Phelan
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