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Changes for Kirsten: A Winter Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Janet Shaw (Author) & Renee Graef (Illustrator)
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A tough Minnesota winter brings many changes to Kirsten's frontier life, including the new responsibility of helping her brother Lars set his traps and a move into a new house for her family.

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Kirsten wonders if the cold Minnesota winter will ever end. It's crowded in the tiny log cabin, and Kirsten looks forward to the days she's allowed outside to help her brother Lars with his trap line. One day she brings home a baby raccoon she's found in the woods, and trouble begins. The raccoon gets loose and starts a fire that destroys the Larsons' home and everything in it. The future seems bleak, until Kirsten and Lars go back into the woods and make a frightening but important discovery.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Kirsten  
Series Number  6  
ISBN  0937295450  
ISBN13  9780937295458  

Availability  0 units.

More About Janet Shaw & Renee Graef

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Janet Shaw is a disabled cyclist who won four medals at the 2002 World Disabled Cycling Championship and competed in the Athens 2004 Paralympics.

Janet Shaw was born in 1959.

Janet Shaw has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl
  2. American Girl: Beforever

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Kirsten
4Books > Subjects > Children > Issues
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Maria's Majesty  Feb 27, 2004
Kirsten, a young athletic girl, lives in the West in the past. Kirsten brings a weak baby raccoon to her house after going trapping with Lars and John, her brother and friend. Will the baby raccoon cause any trouble? Kirsten brought it into the house. When it was running, it hit a burning lamp and knocked it over. Suddenly the cabin was on fire!!!!! I think this is a really good book, because it is very exciting. I recommend this book to people who will read it and not take my word for it.
Another wonderful story  Mar 3, 2001
This is another in the American Girls Short Stories series about Kirsten Larson, a nine-year-old girl from Sweden, whose family has moved to frontier Minnesota of 1854. In this book, Kirsten's father is spending the winter as a lumberjack, to earn extra money for the family. Kirsten helps too, by helping her brother Lars trap animals to sell their pelts. However, when Kirsten's heart overrules her head she brings home a raccoon. Disaster follows that ruins the family's fortune, but Kirsten learns that even through adversity things can turn out well.

This is another wonderful story, that captured my nine-year-old daughter's heart, and my own. With each review I heap praise on Renee Graef's illustrations, and this one is no exception; the illustrations are fantastic. If you have a young daughter, then you must consider buying the Kirsten books.

[For those adults interested in reading a scholarly book on the Swedish immigrants, please consider reading Swedish Exodus by Lars Ljungmark.]

Exciting story for any age!  Oct 10, 2000
I was six years old when I first got hooked on the American Girls, and "Changes for Kirsten" was the first book I read from the series. Maybe I'm biased by that, but now that I've read them all I think it is one of the best. In books this short it is hard to develop a character very well, but Shaw does an excellent job, and Kirsten's character comes through here more than in the first five books. Kirsten's well-meaning disobedience causes a terrible fire that destroys almost everything the Larsons own. We see the trials they endure as a result, but also the love that helps them through. Things seem to get worse when close family friends announce that they are moving away. Then Kirsten and her brother make a remarkable discovery in the woods and their luck changes. The Larson family has to start over, but a message of hope shines through, as the end of the book (and the series) brings a world of new beginnings to these brave pioneers.
A Sweet Tale  Oct 10, 2000
Struggles with money, a wild raccoon, fire, and more! Discover what happens to Kirsten and her family in the wilderness of America!

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