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Kit Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection) [Hardcover]

By Valerie Tripp (Author) & Walter Rane (Illustrator)
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Overview
Kit hopes her dad will find a job soon so that everything can return to normal. But a trip to the soup kitchen shows Kit how much the Depression has changed everything.

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Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  7
Series  American Girl Kit  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  158485121X  
ISBN13  9781584851219  
UPC  723232051212  


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More About Valerie Tripp & Walter Rane


Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

Valerie Tripp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl
  2. American Girl: Beforever


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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Girls & Women > Fiction



Reviews - What do customers think about Kit Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection)?

Happy Thanksgiving From Kit and the 'Bothersome Boarders'!  Nov 28, 2005
Kit is upset that the "bothersome boarders" who have moved in with her family will be celebrating Thanksgiving with her. But when she finds that her father may have to leave his family behind, in an attempt to find a job in Chicago, Kit's thoughts quickly change, and she begins trying to come up with a way for her father to earn money, without going away. With the help of her best friend Ruthie, and an unlikely ally, who goes by the name of Stirling, Kit realizes that there is plenty of money to be earned right here in Cincinnati, and that maybe, just maybe, having a house full of boarders isn't the worst thing in the world. After all, if there are boarders in the house, Kit's father doesn't have to move away.

The fact that Kit wants to be a newspaper reporter intrigued me from the first time I saw this series, and made me want to read them. I adored MEET KIT, and was excited to read her Thanksgiving story KIT LEARNS A LESSON, and I was not disappointed. As in the first installment of Kit's life, we are treated to her spunky ways, and share a journey with the spirited young girl as she makes new friends - unlikely ones, at that - and comes to terms with the fact that her family must take in boarders, or they will be separated. An enjoyable history story, to say the least, that will teach young readers the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
 
Another great Kit book  Aug 2, 2001
This is another in the American Girls Short Stories series about Kit Kittredge, a nine-year-old girl living in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is 1934, the Great Depression is deepening, and Kit begins to find out just how bad things are. Having spent her time waiting for her father to get a job, so that they can send away their intrusive boarders, she visits a soup kitchen and makes a disturbing discovery.

As with the other Kit books, this one gives a frank look into life during the Great Depression, while also teaching a lesson. In this book, Kit learns that a lesson in cooperation and thankfulness. Again, Walter Rane's illustrations are excellent, and add greatly to the story. Also, the final chapter is about school children during the Depression. As always, my daughter and I love this book, and recommend it to you.
 
Nice story, but fails as a history lesson  Mar 16, 2001
I have enjoyed most of the "American Girls" books and can applaud the way they make American history come to life for girls, but I was upset by the classroom scene in "Kit Learns a Lesson" in which the teacher and children discuss Thanksgiving. It is not only sad that Kit explains Thanksgiving as the day when the Pilgrims thanked the Indians (instead of the day when the Pilgrims thanked God), it is inaccurate, and no 1930s teacher would have let it pass. It is too bad that the author felt the need to revise history to make her book P.C. Otherwise, Kit is a fine, lively heroine, the plot is exciting and the setting basically believable.
 
Excellent book!  Mar 7, 2001
In 1932 Kit finds that she has hard lessons to learn about the Great Depression, both at home and at school. Like the first book they have to have boarders living in their house because of the money situations. Her father lost his job and Kit is praying that her father will get a job. Every day Kit's father pretends to go on job interviews so Kit thinks that it will turn out all right (even though he doesn't.) At school one day Kit was asked to take the Thanksgiving basket to the food pantry and there she finds out that her father is depending on the food pantry for food. She is ashamed that this is true. To find out if her father gets a job you have to read the book.
 
Excellent book!  Mar 6, 2001
In 1932 Kit finds that she has hard lessons to learn about the Great Depression, both at home and at school. Like the first book they have to have boarders living in their house because of the money situations. Her father lost his job and Kit is praying that her father will get a job. Every day Kit's father pretends to go on job interviews so Kit thinks that it will turn out all right (even though he doesn't.) At school one day Kit was asked to take the Thanksgiving basket to the food pantry and there she finds out that her father is depending on the food pantry for food. She is ashamed that this is true. To find out if her father gets a job you have to read the book.
 

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