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Josefina an American Girl (The American Girls Collection)

By Valerie Tripp (Author)
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Item description for Josefina an American Girl (The American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp...

Josefina tries to help run the household, learns to read and write, participates in Las Posadas at Christmastime, helps a friend who was bitten by a snake, makes an important deal with an American trader, and tries to change her aunt's mind about leaving the ranch.Josefina tries to help run the household, learns to read and write, celebrates Christmas, helps a friend with snakebite, makes a deal with an American, and tries to change her aunt's mind about leaving the ranch

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Item Specifications...

Format: Box set
Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.89"
Weight:   3.05 lbs.
Binding  Boxed Sets
Release Date   Sep 30, 1998
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  9-12
Series  American Girl Josefina  
ISBN  1562476750  
ISBN13  9781562476755  

Availability  0 units.

More About Valerie Tripp

Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

Valerie Tripp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl: Beforever

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1Books > Special Features > Formats > Boxed Sets > Children's Books > Ages 9-12
2Books > Special Features > Formats > Boxed Sets > Children's Books > History & Historical Fiction
3Books > Special Features > Formats > Boxed Sets > Children's Books > Literature
4Books > Special Features > Formats > Boxed Sets > Children's Books > People & Places
5Books > Special Features > Formats > Boxed Sets > Children's Books > Series
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
7Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
8Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Girls & Women > Fiction
9Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Josefina

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Great Series  Jul 31, 2008
I only have 2 complaints about this series. Number 1, back in 1824 New Mexico was not in American hands yet, it was it's own country. So the fact she's called an American girl is a little strange to me. But what annoys me more is the fact that in the last book, "Changes for Josefina" they spoke about the war for Mexican territory. They didn't explain fairly, it seemed to me, why the war between us and Mexico started. They claimed that America felt that Mexican lands belonged to them, and tried to buy the land from Mexico.
What they didn't explain was that number 1, Santa Ana, the dictator of Mexico, encouraged Americans to come to Mexican terrority long before the war ever started. The Mexican goverment then put severe and unfair regulations and restrictions on Americans who were living in Texas, and refused to listen to any complaints. This lead to the battle of the Alamo, in which all the Americans defending the famous fort were killed and their bodies burned.
Now, I'm not a Texan, but I am an American and I felt a little suspisious that they didn't mention the full story. I think Liberals advised this book. I'm not saying that makes me hate all the books, but that's my complaint. Other then that, they're fine.
Excellent and Culturally Sensitive Book Series  Mar 20, 2008
These books are about a 9/10-year-old girl and her family in New Mexico. The story begains about a year after her mother's death. Their mother's sister moves into their rancho and helps them run the rancho and mend their hearts. Through the next two years, Josefina is able to get beyond her grief over her mother's passing, learn to love her aunt, and develop new interests (reading, weaving, a baby goat, healing, and piano-playing). The stories are sweet and demonstrate a close-knit and loving family. My least favorite story was the one in which Josefina decides that she wants to be a healer; it frightened my daughter (who is only 4 and therefore on the young side for these books). My favorite part of the story is how their faith plays a daily role in their lives and comforts them. The stories contain much factual information about the time-period and culture; each book has about 5 to 10 pages in the back devoted to a specific aspect of the culture. The author is very respectful of the culture, but also accurate. At several points, the children in the story do not speak because, in that culture, it would not have been appropriate for them to do so. These differences in culture were acknowledged, but not in a negative way. It is very clear that the children were well-loved by all of the adults in their family.
Gifts for my grandaughter  Sep 26, 2006
Over the past yearI have bought the following sets of books for my grandaughter: Josefina; Samantha; Molly; Kristen; Addy; and Felicity.
I have given them to her for her birthday and Christmas and occasionally just for a great grade. She loves them all. I have just ordered Kit and Kaya for her for Christmas.
They make her interested in how girls lived in another time plus she likes to try and do some of the things they did. I think they are wonderful.
Flat and rather boring  Feb 6, 2006
This book may be historically accurate, but the characters don't have any voice and they don't seem lifelike or interesting. I noticed the author has no special interest or background in Hispanic culture (she is not even Hispanic!). Why couldn't the publishers have found someone with expertise in New Mexican history to write this book? Instead, they seem to have found a reliable writer who researched the subject well, but had no real spark to bring to the topic.
MEET JOSEFINA  Sep 8, 2005

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