Kit Kittredge: An American Girl ( 2008 )


The Great Depression hits home for nine year old Kit Kittredge when her dad loses his business and leaves to find work. Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, leading a splendid cast in the first ever "American Girl" theatrical movie. In order to keep their home, Kit and her mother must take in boarders - paying house - guests who turn out to be full of fascinating stories. When mother's lockbox containing all their money is stolen, Kit's new hobo friend Will is the prime suspect. Kit refuses to believe that Will would steal, and her efforts to sniff out the real story get her and friends into big trouble. The police say the robbery was an inside job, committed by someone they know. So if it wasn't Will, then who did it.

The movie highlights compassion for others who are less fortunate.

Strong friendships are a central theme, showing the importance of loyalty and support.

Acts of kindness are portrayed as crucial in maintaining community spirit.

Characters show bravery in difficult circumstances during the Great Depression.

Characters demonstrate empathy towards friends and strangers alike.

The storyline promotes honesty, even when it's difficult.

The characters show perseverance through economic hardships.

Responsibility is emphasized, particularly in taking care of one's family.

The main character uses creativity to solve problems and help her family.


Trust between friends and family members is a key element in the story.