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Book Title: Happy Birthday, Kit: A Springtime Story|
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Reader ratings: 5.1
The author of the book: Valerie Tripp
Edition: American Girl Publishing Inc
Date of issue: September 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781584850229
Format files: PDF
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The American Girl series, especially the original eight girls, is an excellent series for students of all ages and genders, though it is aimed at elementary grades. The eight original American girls come from all places (such as the Swedish immigrant Kirsten) and cultures (such as Josefina, whose family is Mexican, and Kaya, who is part of the Nez Perce Native American tribe) and SES's (such as the very well-off family of Samantha, or Kit's family, who is struggling because of the Great Depression). The girls show their independence and creativity and spirit as they encounter various problems of various degrees of importance (such as Addy escaping from slavery with her mother, versus Molly not getting the part she wants in the school play) and meet each with bravery and help from family and friends. Each of the girls face significant issues as well as smaller ones throughout their series (Addy later deals with a mean girl at school, and Molly does have significant issues in her life, as her father has gone to war and her family is living on wartime rations, and so is also dealing with financial issues).
The girls each have multiple influences in their life, positive and negative, male and female, and experience some amount of character growth despite the fact that they are within a series, which can sometimes stunt character growth in the interest of spinning out a series. They also each have different strengths, such as Kit (a writer) or Felicity (who is good with horses), and the books also have small illustrations within them, which typically are used to illustrate words or objects that might be unfamiliar to the reader or that have changed since the time period in which the book takes place (such as a telephone) as well as occasional full-page illustrations of scenes. Additionally, each book illustrates what America was like during that specific time period, and in that region, as well as highlighting aspects of the different cultures, all of which may be unfamiliar to readers, without being as strictly fact-based as a history book or nonfiction book might be. But each book also ends with a Looking Back section that is a few pages long and is mostly facts, but connects them to the protagonist's life. And, overall, the series is called American Girl and thus is very inclusive and accepting: No matter where these girls or their families are from, they are all American girls, and important to their families, communities, and nation.
In this particular book, Kit Kittredge (my favorite American Girl, as she, like me, lives in Ohio and likes to read and write) faces the excitement of having Aunt Millie in town, but also the problems and conflict that arise with that. Millie is resourceful and good at pinching pennies, but when she turns Kit's birthday party into a lesson for all the kids present on how to make underwear out of flower sacks, Kit feels embarrassed and like she is being judged by all the other kids, and she lashes out. Kit makes amends by showing Millie how wonderful she and her friends think all of Millie's ideas are, and how they've repurposed the blank parts of an old book in order to write down, organize, and illustrate all of her tips and advice. Throughout, Kit deals with her daily life of school as well as the overarching problems of the series, such as her father not having a job and the conflicts that arise when living with so many people in one somewhat small building, as her mother has turned the Kittredges' house into a boarding house.
Overall, this series gets 5/5 stars from me, though I much prefer the historical books that deal with social and other issues of the time (whether that's the original eight or the newer historical additions, such as the New Orleans resident or "hippie" 70s girl) to the newer contemporary additions to the series.
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Read information about the authorValerie Tripp is a children's book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series.
She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York with three sisters. She is a reading expert with a Reading Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College. She has been a writer for reading textbooks for three decades.
Tripp is best known for her work with the American Girl series. She wrote all the books in the Felicity, Josefina, Kit, and Molly series, and three of the books in the Samantha series. She has also written four of the five "Best Friends" character stories to date. Film dramatizations of the lives of Samantha, Felicity, Molly, and Kit have been based on her stories to varying extents.
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