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Welcome to Kit’s World

Welcome to Kit’s World

Harriet Brown
Illustrator:  Jamie Young , Walter Rane , Philip Hood 
Historical Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 12
Pleasant Company, 2002   ISBN: 978-1584853596

Imagine being able to have a complete picture of an era; a picture which not only describes the events of the times but which also gives one an idea of what it truly must have been like to live in those times. What films did people watch? What radio programs did they listen to? What kind of clothes did they wear?

The answers to these and many other questions can be found in this excellent book about the world of Kit, An American Girl character who lives in America during the Depression years. The author explains how the Depression came to occur and what the repercussions were for the American people. It soon becomes clear that practically every American must have been affected in some way by the economic disaster. Jobs were lost, farms failed, homes were repossessed and thousands of people went on the road and "on the rails" to find work and new opportunities.

In addition to an enormous amount of historical and cultural information, the creators of this wonderful volume have included myriad photographs from the era and also photographs of memorabilia from the late 1920?s and 1930's. There are also illustrations, maps and the personal stories told by people who lived during those dreadfully hard years. These stories are particularly powerful, the voices of the people sounding fresh and alive, taking us back to a time when people?s lives were full of uncertainty, worry, loss, and hardship.

This book can be enjoyed either as part of the "Kit" series, or it can stand on its own as an entertaining and enlightening work of historical fiction.