Watching the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl DVD opened up the topic of the Great Depression for Caroline, my seven year old daughter. Although it offers a somewhat happy and sanitized view of the Great Depression, it does hit on a lot of the major topics in a way a small girl can understand.
Kit is living a lovely middle class life in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. She dreams of being a reporter. So far her parents have managed to avoid the worst of it even though their friends around them are beginning to feel the impact. And then it happens. Kit’s father loses his automobile business and must leave home to look for work in Chicago. Kit’s mother begins taking in borders in order to make ends meet. Kit feels like her world is falling apart at times, but she manages to make the best of it.
There is also a series of Kit Kittredge books that follow the storyline of the movie albeit with much more detail.
I recommend the Kit Kittredge series for young girls who are just starting to explore the topic of the Great Depression.
This post is part of my 10 Days of Learning from The Great Depression.