Just a quick post here as I head off to bed after a long week of flu that went through out house. We just finished watching the movie Kit Kittredge – An American Girl . The movie is the first from the series of American Girl books and I suspect there will be more. The books are quite good and i recommend them as well. If you are unfamiliar with the series the books will take place at pivotal times in history and events are told from the point of view of the main character, always a girl about 10-12 years old. They are a good way to bring history to life.
Seems like we haven’t watched “family” movie in a while. Movies like Iron Man and The Hulk don;t appeal that much to DD. Thought I had found a winner with this one and turns out the my son (5) loved it and E. sat on PC nearby family room and played Spore on the PC.
Kit Kittredge- An American Girl Movie Review
The movie was a tad hokey but good fun. The story had some interesting points of discussion for older ones. It takes place in Cincinnati 1934 at height during depression and the depression is portrayed very realistically if not a bit melodramatic. The depression is as much a character as anyone else. The fear of foreclosure is very real , families are split up and food is scarce for most.
I did learn some things I didn’t know- like the “Hobo” language that was used as code for hobos- marking that indicated if a home emant kind people lived inside , good garbage, etc.
Codes and Signs Used By Hobos
The movie mentions a few of the signs used by hobos to communicate to each other, here are some more.
Movie was produced by Julia Roberts and a tons of familiar faces. Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine. Stanley Tucci from Sopranos, Joan Cusack. Julia Ormond. A few minutes in I thought it looked a lot like Toronto and saw lots of Canadian actors including my brother’s old college roommate Martin Roach as the Hobo camp doctor . Mys son was more impress to find out he is also a voice on Rescue Heroes. But I digress….
We liked the movie and it was watchable for me. Some nice moments and lots of cliches but solid film that wasn’t too syrupy.
I liked the balance of realism and light moments and loved the characters actors- Jabe Krakowski of 30 Rock very funny.
There are several books for children that are during The Great Depression, here are someones that stand out.
Books For Children About The Great Depression
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry This is an excellent book. A must read in my opinion.