An American Girl and the Great Depression

This weekend Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl opens in theaters. The movie is based on a series of books about American Girl character/doll, Kitt Kittredge. While I was totally into American Girl dolls and their books as a kid, I think Kitt was introduced to the group a few years after my American Girl prime. But my little sister had the doll and loved the books.

I’ve always loved that the American girls were girl characters with a lot of spunk, a lot of ambition, and a lot of strength, which is rare for girl characters written just for girl readers. Kitt is especially interesting to me because her story is set during the Great Depression. I can’t think of another movie I’ve seen that has depicted this era of extreme American poverty, let alone from a child’s perspective, so I’m excited to see how they depict it here in a kids’ movie. I plan to see it when it opens this weekend (with the little sister and perhaps a gaggle of her friends). Review to come.

Here’s the trailer:

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