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Kit Kittredge an American Girl

Updated on August 15, 2013

Clever, Resourceful Kit * 1934

Kit is one of the Historical Characters from American Girl. The doll of 1934. I was very excited when my daughter chose this doll because my grandmother grew up during the 1930s and I would be able to get a sense of what it was like for her as a child while reading Kit’s stories. It makes it even more interesting for me.
 
Margaret Mildred Kittredge is a little girl living in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early 1930s. She goes by the name Kit, which while also short for Kittredge really came from a song that her father used to sing to her.
 
Her story, told through a series of six books, begins in the Summer of 1932 when she was 9 years old. This was three years into the Great Depression when unemployment was at it’s peak. Kit’s father looses his job and she does all she can to help the family. The series continues  through 1933 when Kit celebrates her 10th birthday and ends in the Winter of 1934.
 
Kit debuted in 2000 as the seventh historical doll in the American Girl collection. She, like all of the Historical dolls, is 18” tall and was the first doll in the series to have short hair and freckles. The shorter hair makes this a perfect doll to start a young child with since it’s easier to take care of. She comes dressed in a lilac sweater set and floral linen skirt, with white sandals and a green barette.

The release of the Kit Kittredge movie brought a new doll...Kit's best friend Ruthie! Not only that, but also many new accessories including a few updated versions of existing ones. More info below.

Quick Facts of the 1930s

  • 48 US States
  • Presidents: Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Salaries often dropped below $10.00 per week
  • Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $0.10
  • Cost of milk: $0.14 a quart
  • Cost of bread: $0.09 a loaf
  • Movies were $0.10 per person

Meet Kit - An American Girl 1934

This is the book that comes with your doll.

The story takes place in 1932 when Kit is 9 years old.

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1)
Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1)

"Kit Kittredge is enjoying the carefree life she has always known-until suddenly her world turns upside down. First, Mother's friend and her sickly, pampered son Stirling come to live with her family. Then Kit's dad loses his business, and things go from bad to worse. Will life ever be the same again?"

 

Kit Learns a Lesson - 1934 A School Story

This story takes place in 1932 when Kit is 9 years old.

Kit Learns A Lesson (American Girl (Quality))
Kit Learns A Lesson (American Girl (Quality))

"Kit hopes her father will find a new job soon so that things can return to normal, with no boarders in the house and no long list of daily chores for her to do! But a visit to a soup kitchen shocks Kit-and shows her just how much the Great Depression has changed everything."

 

Kit's Surprise - A Christmas Story, 1934

This story takes place in 1932 when Kit is 9 years old.

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

"It's just before Christmas when Kit overhears the terrible news that her family may lose their house. Kit wants to earn money to help out, but she gets stuck taking care of cranky Uncle Hendrick and his nasty dog Inky instead. Kit and her best friend have had a fight, so she has no one to turn to. Can she still find a way to make the holidays bright?"

 

Happy Birthday Kit - A Springtime Story, 1934

This story takes place in 1933 when Kit turns 10 years old.

Happy Birthday, Kit! (American Girl (Quality))
Happy Birthday, Kit! (American Girl (Quality))

"Kit's tenth birthday is approaching, but the chances of having a celebration are pretty slim. There's no time to plan a party, and no money, either, since Dad still doesn't have a job. When Aunt Millie comes for a visit, Kit finds new reasons to hope. With all her thriftiness and good ideas, Aunt Millie seems to be able to make anything happen!"

 

Kit Saves the Day - A Summer Story, 1934

This story takes place in 1933 when Kit is 10 years old.

Kit Saves The Day (American Girl (Quality))
Kit Saves The Day (American Girl (Quality))

"Kit is looking for excitement after a summer full of chores. When a young hobo named Will offers to help out in the garden in exchange for a meal, he tells her about life on the road. His stories inspire Kit to pursue her own adventures. When her curiosity gets her-and her friends-into trouble, will she be able to save them all?"

 

Changes for Kit - A Winter Story, 1934

This story takes place in 1934 when Kit is 10 years old.

Changes For Kit (American Girl (Quality))
Changes For Kit (American Girl (Quality))

"Cranky Uncle Hendrick has come to stay with Kit's family. His gruff orders and fiery letters to the editor leave Kit losing hope for better times. But when he unwittingly gives her a great idea, she proves that even one girl can make a difference."

 

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie

This is the first major motion picture based on American Girl Stories.

It was originally scheduled to run in theaters around Thanksgiving 2007, however there were some production difficulties and it wasn't in the cards. Rumors were floating about whether or not this movie would make it to theaters, go straght to DVD, or if the movie would be made at all.

The film is set in 1934 at the height of the Great Depression and includes topics such as lost income, foreclosure, and rationing. The theme of "hard times" is quite relevant today given the current state of our economy. Watching this movie together as a family is a great way to start a conversation with your children about what is going on right now.

Cast:

Abigail Breslin as Kit Kittredge

Chris O'Donnell as Mr. Kittredge

Julia Ormond as Mrs. Kittredge

Madison Davenport as Ruthie Smithens

Zach Mills as Stirling Howard

See a couple clips and meet a few of the girls staring in the movie on the American Girl website.

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Rated: G

Run Time: 101 minutes

 

Beautiful Movie Posters

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Fun things to do

Kit's Friendship Fun (American Girl (Quality))
Kit's Friendship Fun (American Girl (Quality))

"Crafts, recipes, and games are designed to give a sense of the 1930s, the period setting for books in the American Girls collection which feature the character named Kit."

 
Kit's Paper Dolls [With Scene, Accessories, Outfits] (American Girls Collection Sidelines)
Kit's Paper Dolls [With Scene, Accessories, Outfits] (American Girls Collection Sidelines)

"Set includes paper dolls of Kit, Stirling, and Ruthie, plus outfits and accessories that attach with reusable sticky dots. Comes with illustrated backgrounds and more! Paperback. 28 pages."

 
Kit's Magnetic Mini World (American Girls Collection Sidelines)
Kit's Magnetic Mini World (American Girls Collection Sidelines)

"You will love playing with Kit and her best friend, Ruthie, in scenes you set up yourself, from Kit's attic bedroom to her classroom at Gates Elementary School. You can arrange and rearrange a variety of magnets--and they'll stay put while you play! The set includes: 2 dolls in 4 different outfits; 2 magnetic scenes; 28 magnetic furniture pieces and accessories; and a booklet about furniture and customs in Kit's time."

 
Kit Fashion Studio (American Girls Collection)
Kit Fashion Studio (American Girls Collection)

"Girls can create paper doll fashions for Kit! This set features paper fabrics, stencil sheets, accessory stickers, reusable sticky dots to hold clothing in place, and a Kit paper doll. The design book offers step-by-step instructions to make paper doll clothing inspired by the early 1930s, including a sweater set for school, a pretty party dress, or a cozy pair of pajamas."

 

New For Kit & Ruthie!

There are so many great new items for Kit and her best friend Ruthie. Of all of them my favorite has to be the Tree House. It's 36" x 37" x 23", big enough for two dolls, with a (faux) stained-glass window that opens and a balcony. There are a lot of details inside and out.

Other new items include: Kit's Cookstove, Washday Set, Produce & Preserves, Floral-Print Dress, Striped Nightie for Dolls and Girls, Kit's Outfit for Girls, Kit Fashion Studio, Ruthie's Play Outfit, Ruthie's Accessories, and a new book- Really Truly Ruthie.

Some of Kit's old accessories have been redesigned. Kit's Dog, Grace and her Quilt & Pillow.

Additional Books about Kit

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

"Step into the 1930s with this beautiful hardcover book. Imagine living through the Dust Bowl, losing your home, or making a dress from a chicken-feed sack! Discover how families survived during the Great Depression, how Shirley Temple made them smile, and how girls like Kit became everyday heroes. The lavishly illustrated spreads are nearly two feet wide when open." Hardcover: 64 pages.

 
Midnight in Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Beforever Mysteries)
Midnight in Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Beforever Mysteries)

"While gathering facts for her summer job at the newspaper, Kit stumbles into some strange monkey business at the zoo. If she follows her reporter's instincts, will she find the story? Or just find danger? At the end of the book you'll find the "Looking Back" section full of colorful pictures and interesting facts. Paperback includes a tear-off recipe card." 192 pages.

 
Danger at the Zoo: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Mysteries (Quality))
Danger at the Zoo: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Mysteries (Quality))

"While gathering facts for her summer job at the newspaper, Kit stumbles into some strange monkey business at the zoo. If she follows her reporter's instincts, will she find the story? Or just find danger? At the end of the book you'll find the "Looking Back" section full of colorful pictures and interesting facts. Paperback includes a tear-off recipe card." 192 pages.

 
A Thief in the Theater: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Mysteries (Quality))
A Thief in the Theater: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Mysteries (Quality))

"Kit Kittredge spends a week of her summer vacation volunteering at the local theater--she wants to write a newspaper article about a play that's opening soon. It even stars famous actors from New York City! But behind the scenes, Kit and her friend Stirling discover more drama than they bargained for." Paperback: 192 pages

 

Retired Ornaments

American Girl Kit 2002 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament
American Girl Kit 2002 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

Hand painted resin ornament features Kit wearing her Christmas dress, reading a book with her Basset Hound.

 
American Girl Collection "Kit's Treasures" Set of 4 Miniature Ornaments from Hallmark Keepsake Ornament
American Girl Collection "Kit's Treasures" Set of 4 Miniature Ornaments from Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

4 hand painted resin ornaments of various sizes from 1/2" up to 1". Scottie Dog, Typewriter, Baseball Glove, and Aviator Doll.

 
American Girl -Kit AUTOGRAPHED by artist 2003 hallmark ornament
American Girl -Kit AUTOGRAPHED by artist 2003 hallmark ornament

This ornament was autographed at the Hallmark Show by the artist who created it.

 

Kit's Cooking Studio

More than 20 easy-to-follow, 1930s-inspired, recipes. Also includes a cookie cutter, 20 table talkers, and 10 reusable place cards.


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Kit Kittredge Events

Around the US

Kit's Birthday Celebration

Celebrate Kit's birthday Cincinnati-style! Join the celebration and learn about Kit's life, enjoy a special meal, and take home a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages to help you commemorate this special day.

Kit's Catchall Box Craft

In 1934, Kit would have loved to have a little box to "catch" all of her treasures! In this class, you'll learn how to design and decorate your own using sturdy paper.

Kit's Embroidered Card Craft

Your girl can learn how to stitch a paper lantern design on an embroidery card-it looks like the lanterns that decorated Kit's "penny-pincher" birthday party in 1934.

Kit's Friendship Fun

Learn more about Kit and the kinds of things she and her friends did for fun. Includes games, craft activities, a special meal just like Kit's mom would have made, and a take home memory book. As a special tie to Kit's stories, participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.

Kit's Imagination Celebration

American Girl celebrates Kit! Join us for this special event to learn about how clever Kit used her imagination to make things better during the Great Depression. Have fun with your favorite girl as you play a game using just your imagination and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages to help commemorate this memorable day inspired by Kit.

Kit's Paper Lantern Craft

Learn how to make a festive paper lantern like the ones that decorated Kit's "penny-pincher" birthday party.

Kit's Radio Sound Effects Demo

Radio shows were popular in Kit's day. American Girl staff will show girls how radio sound effects were made using household items in the 1930s, and listen to part of an authentic show like the one Kit's family would have enjoyed

Kit's Tree House Craft

In 1934, Kit loved to spend time with friends in her tree house. Your girl can assemble and decorate her own tree house book-it opens up so she can imagine playing inside with Kit!


American Girl Boutique and Bistro Atlanta

North Point Mall

1202 North Point Circle

Alpharetta, GA 30022


American Girl Boston

Natick Collection

1245 Worcester St.

Natick, MA 01760


American Girl Place Chicago

111 E. Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611


American Girl Boutique and Bistro Dallas

Galleria Dallas

13464 Dallas Parkway

Dallas, TX 75240


American Girl Denver

Park Meadows

8423 Park Meadows Center Drive

Lone Tree, CO 80124


American Girl Houston

Memorial City Mall

303 Memorial City Suite 580

Houston, Texas 77024


American Girl Kansas City

Oak Park Mall

11327 W 95th Street

Overland Park, KS 66214


American Girl Place Los Angeles

189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90036


American Girl Miami

The Falls

8888 SW 136 Street Suite #395A

Miami, Florida 33176


American Girl Minneapolis

Mall of America

American Girl

5160 Center Court

Bloomington, MN 55425


American Girl Place New York

609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street

New York, NY 10017


American Girl Place Seattle

Alderwood, 3000 184th Street

Lynnwood, WA 98037


American Girl St. Louis

2020 Chesterfield Mall

Chesterfield, MO 63017


American Girl Place Washington D.C.

8090L Tysons Corner Center

McLean, VA 22102

To find out which events will be happening at your local store visit americangirl.com/stores.

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Ruthie Smithens
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      webseitler 10 years ago

      I love Kit! Great lens. It should be in the Classic Toys group. ;)

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      The Kit books are my favorite stories because I can relate to her a lot. I love the American Girl books because they give u a chance 2 c how kids lived and felt way back when. :)

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      myyeastinfectioncure 10 years ago

      awesome lens! i luv it gave it 5 stars for sure

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have Emily and she is like not evean an american girl because he has like no books and no accessories!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Christine! My friend's mom is playing Mrs. Howard in the Kit Movie! I love the kit books! Great Page!

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      Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

      Hi Christine, I love this lens. History is one of my favorite subjects, so you know why I love this lens. 5*'s from me for a job well done.

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      ChristinasFavs 8 years ago

      Great lens! My daughter and I just went to see the movie. She loved it! I did too!!!

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      Winter52 LM 8 years ago

      I should tell my mom about this series of books. She was born in the thirties and would probably really enjoy the stories. 5 stars because I didn't know anything about these dolls but I certainly do now. :)

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      The Homeopath 8 years ago

      My daughter and I are hooked on the American Girl Mystery series now. I'm such a fan of the entire catalog of books, it reminds me a bit of when I was young and read Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie Books. Beautiful lens!

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      TheInfamous7 8 years ago

      I may be a 23 yr old Ex Soldier/Ex Chef who's completely out of his depth with regards to Dolls!!..But i know a good lens when i see one!! ;-)

      Keep up the Great Work!

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Excellent layout Christene. Perfect timing for children doing online research this coming school year. Blessed today! :o)

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      bconnor11 8 years ago

      I used to love Kit! Very nicely put together lens. 5*

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      GypsyPirate LM 8 years ago

      I actually like reading stories in this era - I think I'll check a few of these out. All due to a wonderfully made lens. And, that tree-house accessory - seriously, I want one. I'm glad I saw this lens at the Squid's Choice contest. Good luck to you!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I have all boys so I don't know too much about the American Girl dolls and their stories. They look like great fun and wonderful learning tools.

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