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Happy Birthday, Kirsten: A Springtime Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Janet Beeler Shaw (Author) & Renee Graef (Illustrator)
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Item description for Happy Birthday, Kirsten: A Springtime Story (American Girls Collection) by Janet Beeler Shaw & Renee Graef...

On a Minnesota farm in the mid 1800's, the hard working members of the Larson family find time to celebrate Kirsten's tenth birthday.

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Kirsten's excited about the changes spring is bringing to the Larsons' farm--including a big barn and a tiny baby. But changes bring new worries and more work, too. First Kirsten is afraid for Mama's health. Then caring for a baby seems to mean nothing but chores. Kirsten has to miss school to help at home, and she can't help with the surprise she and her friends are planning for their teacher. Will her friends forget all about her? But Kirsten's hard work is rewarded with a day of fun--and a special birthday surprise.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   58
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Kirsten  
Series Number  4  
ISBN  0937295337  
ISBN13  9780937295335  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Non-religious
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Kirsten
5Books > Subjects > Children > Issues
6Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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happy bday kirsten!  Aug 27, 2005
this book was REALLY good. Kirsten is way pretty! and she and her family are in a tornado!! I am 12 yearsold and i really enjoy this! It really feels like your in the tornado too! my cuz has all of her books i only have one but i wish i had all of her books I will probabbly soon but all fans who love adventures and american girl collection will go nuts over kirstens 4th book so good job Janet shaw for writing this!
you really did a good job!!
Fourth Kirsten Book in the American Girls Series  Mar 24, 2003
"Happy Birthday, Kirsten!" takes place on the Minnesota frontier in 1854, where a 9-year-old girl named Kirsten Larson lives with her Swedish immigrant family. In this book, she and her friends plan on making a quilt for their teacher, Miss Winston. However, Kirsten is much too busy with her added chores to be an active part of the group. Not only that, but she's uncertain about whether or not she'll be able to celebrate her upcoming tenth birthday (she was unable to do so the previous year), because of her mother's pregnancy. Despite Kirsten's dilemmas, the story has a happy ending for everyone, involving a new sibling, a litter of kittens, and a barn-raising party.

For being such a small book (59 pages), "Happy Birthday, Kirsten!" has quite a bit of historical info, mainly in the last six pages, titled "Growing up in 1854." In addition, there are numerous bright and colorful photos and pictures on practically every page in this book, drawn by the talented Renée Graef. This is an ideal book/series for preteen girls who like historical settings. If you liked this book, then you'll probably enjoy the other Kirsten books in this American Girls series as well.

A great story with a lesson  Mar 13, 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 mother is pregnant, and that means that Kirsten must do her own chores, plus those that her mother can no longer perform. With her birthday coming up, and all of her friends having fun working on a quilt for their teacher, Kirsten finds that she must concentrate on the work that must be done. How will it work out for Kirsten?

This is another wonderful story, with an important lesson. In it, Kirsten (and the reader) learns about responsibility and working together. As always, Renee Graef's illustrations are wonderful, and the final chapter (on growing up in 1854) is interesting and informative.

[For those adults interested in reading adult historical fiction about Swedish immigrants, please consider reading The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg.]

Kirsten's first birthday celebration in America.  Jul 14, 1997
It is springtime. Kirsten and her cousin Anna were beating rugs when they saw tornado clouds start to form. Everyone went into their cellar. Kirsten is turning ten in one month. She has to stay home from school because her mom is having a baby and needs help around the house. Kirsten is sad and angry because she thinks she will miss out on all the fun at school, especially making a quilt for their teacher. Find out what happens by reading the rest of this book.

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