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Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Janet Beeler Shaw (Author), Renee Graef (Illustrator) & Paul Lackner (Other)
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Kirsten and her family celebrate their first Christmas in their new home on Uncle Olav's farm in mid-nineteenth-century Minnesota.

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Kirsten and her family will be celebrating their first Christmas in America. Kirsten wants to keep some of their old Swedish traditions alive in the new country, so she secretly plans a Saint Lucia celebration. But everything depends on a trip to town with Papa, and he's too busy to leave the farm. At last they go--and get caught in a terrible blizzard. It's up to Kirsten to keep herself and Papa safe through the night. When she finally gets home, the candles in the little cabin glow with a special holiday warmth.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.22"
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  3  
ISBN  0937295191  
ISBN13  9780937295199  

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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 > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Kirsten
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

Reviews - What do customers think about Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection)?

Not historically accurate  Jul 12, 2002
Ordinarily I would give this book at least 2 stars, because it is somewhat well-written. However, these books of the American Girls Collection are supposed to offer young children a glimpse of life in their specific time period, and as such they fail miserably when they aren't historically accurate. This story deals with a young girl who wants to keep the Swedish tradition of St. Lucia alive in her family even after they move to America. Trouble is, this story takes place in 1854, and the St. Lucia celebration didn't start until the early 1900's. How can you give kids an accurate picture of the past when the entire plot centers around something that didn't yet exist?
Kirsten's Excellent Book  May 2, 2002
Can you imagine moving from Sweden all the way to America? In this book, Kirsten's Surprise, Kirsten, Mama, Papa, Lars and Peter do! But on the trip to get their trunks from Sweden that they left in the general store, a storm hits! Guess what happens next?
Kirsten's Surprise is one of the thrill-seeking books in her series. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes books that have bravery, courage and excitement all wrapped into one book
A Christmas adventure for Kirsten  Apr 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. With Christmas approaching, Kirsten is excited about introducing her cousins to the Saint Lucia celebration. She has a dress that is just right for it in the family's trunk that is in storage. The day before Saint Lucia Day, Kirsten's father decides to go get the trunks, and Kirsten is just dying to go with him. However, as the Minnesota skies open and a winter storm descends, she finds that her help is more needed then she could have imagined.

Once again, I must commend the author and illustrator on a job well done! This book is wonderful, with the added bonus of a chapter on Christmas on the frontier in 1854. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

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

an exciting read, full of history and Swedish culture  Jan 21, 2001
My daughters and I love the American Girl series of books, so perhaps we're biased, but Kirsten's Surprise is one of our favorites. Despite the hardships of her new life in Minnesota, Kirsten is still a child, longing for her beloved doll, which is in storage in town, and the St. Lucia gown that will make Christmas seem like Christmas. The ensuing trek to get the trunk and return home through a blizzard is exciting, and a wonderful glimpse of the life of pioneers.
Okay, but not the best  Jul 31, 1998
Kirsten is worried that christmas won't be the same as it was in Sweeden. She discribes to her cousins Anna and Lisbeth the traditional St. Lucia day, and they decide to suprise their families by organizing a St. Lucia celebration with the help of Miss Winston in . The only problem is Kirsten's family has not made the trip to Maryville to collect their trunks which contains Kirsten's St. Lucia gown. Kirsten pesters her family about it, and finally Kirsten and her father makes the trip to Maryville. But then on the way back they get caught in a blizzard, Kirsten begins to wonder if they will get back in time for the celebration.

It has a good story, but if you're looking for a classic historical fiction, I suggest you try something else.


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