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Overall A

Ten-year-old Kit Kittredge (Abigail Breslin) has big dreams of becoming a writer one day. For the present, she is practicing her skills by composing letters to her father, who has been forced to look for work away from home because of the Great Depression. The movie is based on the American Girl doll and book series.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: G The MPAA has rated Kit Kittredge: An American Girl G.

Talk to your kids about…

Kit Kittredge An American Girl

In this film, many people are afraid of the hobos and others who have lost their livelihood. They also blame them for the country’s misfortunes. Why do people sometimes point a finger at others when times are tough? Why are people often critical of those they don’t understand?

What advice does Kit’s father giver her about facing adversity? How does that counsel later help him? What comes as the result of her persistence?

What impact did the Great Depression have on families and individuals? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dustbowl/peopleevents/pandeAMEX05.html

Click here to learn more about the History of the American Girl Company that was started because of an absence of pre-teenaged dolls in the toy marketplace.

Check out the other dolls and their stories, which are each set in different historical time periods at the American Girl Official Website.

Special Note:

If an aspiring author, journalist or screenplay writer lives at your house, Little Miss Matched’s “The Writer in Me!” writing kit provides tons of inspiration. A colorful 96 page book provides all kinds of suggestions, tips and fun activities to help develop a child’s writing skills. The chapters include information on authoring a short-story, producing poetry, becoming a playwright, penning a screenplay and journaling. Along with room to write in it, the book includes comments and encouragement from famous actors and writers. The kit also comes with a diary, dream journal, tiny travel journal and reporter notebook as well as a blank box of cards on which young writers can record their own wild words for future use. A wall poster, with quotes from great women writers, completes the set. The kit is produced by Workman Publishing.