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Meet Kirsten: An American Girl (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Janet Beeler Shaw (Author), Paul Lackner (Illustrator) & Renee Graef (Illustrator)
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Nine-year-old Kirsten and her family experience many hardships as they travel from Sweden to the Minnesota frontier in 1854

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Kirsten Larson and her family arrive in America in 1854, after a long sea voyage. Everything looks so different from the life Kirsten knew back in Sweden--the ways people talk and dress seem strange Getting lost in a big city and parting with her best friend only add to Kirsten's worry. Will she ever feel at home here? It is only when the Larsons arrive at a tiny farm on the edge of the frontier that Kirsten believes Papa's promise--America will be a land filled with opportunity for them all.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
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  1  
ISBN  0937295019  
ISBN13  9780937295014  

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Product Categories

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

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Best of the American Girl series!!  Dec 16, 2006
This, in my opinion, is the very best book in the American Girl series!! I LOVE it!
great read aloud for some preschoolers, all elementary students  Aug 22, 2006
My preschooler is ready for chapter books, but most chapter books are either meant for beginning readers, with a controlled vocabulary, or are meant for older kids, with content that isn't appropriate for a four-year-old. The Kirsten books are both appropriate read-aloud material for preschoolers on up, with good stories, clear plot lines, simple yet not controlled vocabulary. Using the story of a little girl to teach historical fiction leads to discussions about different time periods, often leading us to do further research about modes of transportation, geography, farm life, immigration, etc.

My daughter really enjoys these books, and so do I. If her dad reads a chapter, I find myself going back and reading it so I know what I missed! A previous reviewer was upset by the use of Swedish words. The only Swedish words in the first book were "Tak" which means "thank you" and was clearly understood using context clues, and her names for her grandparents, which my daughter found no more confusing than her friends' names for their grandparents: Nanny and Pappy, Granny and Pop Pop, Grammie and Grampie, etc.

Yes, Marta dies. Yes, Kirsten gets lost in the city. Yes, the family faces hardships. What family doesn't? But the message is that the Larson family sticks together, works hard to overcome their difficulties and make a better life for themselves. The parents clearly love the children, the children love and respect the parents, and they all understand the importance of working together for the good of the entire family. Along with the Little House on the Prairie books, this series is wholesome and educational while being fun and enjoyable.
A wonderful book  Jan 13, 2004
Meet Kirsten is a sad but good book. Kirsten is a nine-year-old Swedish girl traveling to America to live on the frontier in 1854. She and her family make a long and dangerous journey by ship. On the way, Kirsten's best friend Marta dies. But there is joy when Kirsten's family reach their farm and Kirsten meets her aunt, uncle, and two cousins.
My cool but sad story.  May 23, 2003
I read a book that was an American girls book. I liked the book because it was full of excitement. It's about a girl named Kristen. She came from Sweden to live in American with another family.In the family was Kirsten's friend. I liked these books. Do you think all of them well make it? I recomend this to girls who love sad stories.
From Sweden to New York to Chicago to home  Jul 12, 2001
I just finished reading "Meet Kirsten" I loved it a lot. This book is about a Swedish girl named Kirsten. Kirsten has to leave Sweden, the land she knew, to go live with her cousins. To get there she has to go on to a boat that goes to NY, a train that goes to Chicago and the rest of the way they walk to Minnesota! Sound hard? No kidding. Pioneers who made journeys like that were called immigrants. I thought "Meet Kirsten's "A Peek Into the Past was awesome! It even had a map of Kirsten's travels! Not only are they good stories but they are also history lessons. I would very highly recommend this book to a friend .

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