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Kit's Surprise: A Christmas Story, 1934 (The American Girls Collection, Book 3) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author) & Walter Rane (Illustrator)
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In 1934, Kit faces a very different Christmas because of her family's financial problems and allows her pride to estrange her from her best friend. Simultaneous.

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Just before Christmas, Kit overhears the terrible news that her family may lose their house. Can she still find a way to make the holidays bright?

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Kit's Surprise: A Christmas Story, 1934 (The American Girls Collection, Book 3) by Valerie Tripp & Walter Rane has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 67
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 67

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   71
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Kit  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  1584850205  
ISBN13  9781584850205  
UPC  723232050208  

Availability  0 units.

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.

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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 > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction

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A Lovely Holiday Story for the History Fan In Your Life!  Dec 5, 2005
Nine-year-old Kit Kittredge is growing more and more concerned about her family's welfare, now that the Great Depression is getting increasingly worse. The fact that Christmas is slowly creeping up, only brings more worry into her life, as Kit's best friend, Ruthie - whose family is doing quite well in the midst of disaster - is counting on Kit and her mother to accompany her and her mother on a lavish day-after Christmas excursion - a tradition that can't possibly continue this year. The idea makes Kit upset, and soon the two girls are no longer speaking. Now, with the extra free time on her hands, Kit has begun doing various odd jobs for her rich Uncle, and is pocketing the money, in an attempt to give it to her mother as a surprise on Christmas morning!

I have taken up reading about Kit's adventures over the past few weeks, and each story makes me a bigger fan of the hopeful-reporter. Kit is a wonderful character, whose imagination, accompanied by the many obstacles she must overcome in life, create a marvelous story that will be loved. Valerie Tripp has done a wonderful job with this series, and the stories keep getting better and better. I am now very excited to read HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIT! A lovely holiday story for the history fan in your life.

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
Great American Girl book  Jan 15, 2004
Kit's Surprise continues the story of nine-year-old Kit Kittredge, who is growing up during America's Great Depression. Kit's Dad has lost his job. Since the family can't pay the bill for their house, Kit finds out that they might be evicted (kicked out of their house)! To make things worse, Kit and her best friend Ruthie have gotten into a fight, and she has to care for her cranky Uncle Hendrick and his dog Inky, who is just like him. But then Kit finds a way to make the holidays bright, and a way to get her best friend back. Includes "Peek Into the Past," which tells about life during the Great Depression.
great book  Feb 26, 2002
In this book, Kit Kittredge is living during the great depression in the 1930's. She and her best friend, Ruthie, get into a fight one day and don't speak to each other. Kit has to take care of her Uncle Hendrick who is grumpy and rude and has a dog that is as mean as he is. At the end, all works out fine for Kit, and she realizes that it is not the worst Christmas ever.
Kit's Surprise  Feb 18, 2002
Kit's Surprise is my favorite American Girl Book! The setting is nineteen thirty four in Cincinatti. Kit's dad has lost his job and her family is struggling to have enough money to pay their bills. Kit is highly discouraged because she is asked to care for her nasty uncle. He always has a list of jobs ready for Kit. She becomes even more sad because she and her best friend Ruthie get into a huge fight. Can Kit find a way to brighten up the holidays? Read this book to find out!
Kit's Suprise  Nov 22, 2001
Kit's Suprise is a great book written by Valerie Tripp. Kit's suprise is about a young girl who lived in the depresion. As Christmas approaches the bank threatens to through Kit and her family out of their home. Kit finds ways to save money and save her family. This is a great book!!!

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