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Josefina Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) & Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator)
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Item description for Josefina Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley & Jean-Paul Tibbles...

Josefina and her sisters distrust the changes their Tia Dolores is bringing to life at their New Mexico ranch

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Josefina is delighted when T'a Dolores returns to the Montoyas' rancho. But soon after she arrives, a flash flood kills hundreds of the family's sheep. T'a Dolores suggests that the Montoyas could recover from this terrible loss by starting a weaving business--something Mam never would have done. But Pap likes the idea. Then T'a Dolores decides to teach the girls how to read. Mam didn't read, but Josefina is excited to learn. Then she begins to worry. Will all these changes make the girls forget Mam

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Josefina Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley & Jean-Paul Tibbles has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 10/01/1997 page 333
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1997 page 102

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   70
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Josefina  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1562475177  
ISBN13  9781562475178  

Availability  0 units.

More About Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley & Jean-Paul Tibbles

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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Josefina Learns a Lesson  Mar 7, 2007
!~Josefina learns A Lesson~!
I am writing a book called Josefina Learns a Lesson. Its about a girl who likes to read. She likes to write about her family. She has two sisters and two nephews and a dad. She gos to school to learn how to read and write better. She likes to run outside and play with her nephews. She lives in Mexico. I recommend this book to people who like to read and write. The author is Valerie Tripp .The book is from American Girl Collection. Someother characters in the collection are Kirsten, Samantha, Addy, Molly, and Felicity. There are more characters.
A wonderful story  Sep 13, 2002
This is another one of the American Girls series about Josefina Montoya, a nine-year-old girl (almost ten!) living in the New Mexico of 1824. When a flashflood brings disaster to her father's rancho, Josefina's aunt Dolores suggests that they begin weaving blankets that they can trade. Josefina throws herself into the work, eager to help the family, but one of her sisters is holding back, and Josefina needs to find out why.

The final chapter of this wonderful book is a highly informative look at schooling in New Mexico in 1824. Jean-Paul Tibbles' illustrations are nothing short of excellent, and add so much to this wonderful story.

This is another of the excellent stories that American Girls presents. This one also has a fine lesson, while the story is highly entertaining. Also, I do enjoy the way the author has realistically woven Josefina's religion into her daily life; religion is something lacking in most American Girls stories. My eleven-year-old daughter and I read this book together; we both enjoyed it, and we both recommend it to you.

You can read it over and over and its interesting every time  Oct 13, 1998
I like that there is a glossary of Spanish words at the end of the book, because I know that if I ever go to Mexico, I will know how to say thank-you and stuff like that (gracias). The idea of a maid teaching Josephina and Josephina being so eager to learn makes me stunned. I think that you will very much enjoy the pictures, as I did. I did not recognize the dyes that the girls used to dye the wool, but from the pictures I understood that they were very beautiful. (Carmelle, Age 8)
The latest story about Josefina, the newest American Girl!  Sep 6, 1997
Nine year old Josefina Montoya is growing up on a rancho in New Mexico in 1824. When Josefina's Tia Dolores comes to visit to Montoyas, Josefina learns about a world beyond the rancho-a world of elegance. But Josefina and her sisters begin to worry that Tia Dolores will replace Mama, who died last year. And then disaster strikes. The Montoyas lose most of their sheep in a terrible flood. Tia Dolores comes to the rescue with the suggestion that the Montoyas weave blankets to sell so that they can get new sheep. But more and more, Josefina and her sisters begin to believe that all the new ideas their aunt has brought will make them forget all that Mama taught them. Then, Tia Dolores begins to teach the girls to read and write. Mama couldn't read and write, and Josefina and her sisters aren't sure she'd approve. More and more, Josefina must face many changes-both good and bad.

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