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Josefina Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) & Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator)
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Item description for Josefina Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley & Jean-Paul Tibbles...

Josefina makes an mportant deal with a trader, then makes a surprising discovery about this young American

Publishers Description
Josefina's family is in Santa Fe to make an important trade, and Josefina can't wait to get her first look at American traders. Before their wagon train arrives, Josefina meets a scout named Patrick. Though his American ways seem strange, she can't help liking him. When Pap trusts Patrick with the family's trade, Josefina decides to trust him with a trade of her own. Then Patrick leaves town without paying Pap or Josefina It seems he's betrayed them--until, late one night, Josefina makes a surprising discovery.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Josefina Saves the Day: A Summer 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 -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 75
  • Booklist - 08/01/1998

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   69
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  5  
ISBN  1562475894  
ISBN13  9781562475895  

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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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Josefina

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Entertaining and Educational  Mar 20, 2008
This book is a little different from the others in the Josefina series. In this book, the Montoya family travels to Santa Fe and interact with an American trader. Through this adventure we learn about urban life in New Mexico and get to know Abuelito and Abuelita a little better. This book also addresses the changes that are coming to New Mexico in a more direct way that other books in this series. Though we enjoyed the book, I do want to point out a plot point that may raise concerns for some parents: Josefina and her sister do do a dangerous thing (go to town alone -- and this is a rough frontier town), though for a noble purpose.
Should I Really Have Trusted An American?  Jan 7, 2006
A great book about ten year old Josefina traveling to Santa Fe. As Josefina Plays her wooden bird flute on top of the mountain she hears a copy of her flute sound. It was American Scout Patrick O'Toole. As Josefina gets to know Patrick more she and her sisters make a trade with him to get something very important for their father. But Patrick left before they got their item and Josefina has to face a fear and sneak out of the house to find out if Patrick really has gone.

This is a really good book but if you haven't read Josefina's series before than you should start with her first book and then make your way to this one. Happy Reading!
We liked this book  Oct 17, 2002
This is another one of the American Girls series about Josefina Montoya, a ten-year-old girl living in the New Mexico of 1824 (actually January of 1825). In this book, Josefina and her family travel to her grandfather's rancho to await the arrival of the wagon train from the United States. She meets her first American, Patrick O'Toole, a handsome scout for the wagon train. The family wants to trade blankets and mules with the Americans, but is this handsome young man trustworthy?

The final chapter is in an interesting and informative look at outdoor life in New Mexico in 1824. Jean-Paul Tibbles' illustrations, warm and filled with emotion, add a great deal to the story, and are a welcome addition.

My daughter and I both liked this book. The story has its scary parts, but it also has a nice lesson, and I enjoy the frank look at life then and there. This is another excellent book, a worthwhile addition to your library.

It teaches a lesson ,is factual,and fun to read!  Jan 29, 1999
Josefina Saves the Day is about a girl age 10. She meets a american named Peter O'Toole, a scout for the wagon trail. Papa and Josefina trust Peter with their trades. Will Josefina get her trade? Will she and Francisa, and Clara, and Papa get what they want? To find out more read this book.
Josefina has an adventure in Sante Fe.  Sep 6, 1998
Ten year old Josefina Montoya, her father, and two of her sisters are staying with Josefina's grandfather and grandmother in Sante Fe while they await the arrival of an American wagon train. Josefina and her sisters trust a young American trader with a deal. But then, before he pays them, he leaves town. Has he cheated them? Josefina and her sisters must go on a daring late night adventure to find out.

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