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

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) & Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator)
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The second Christmas after their mother has died, Josefina and her three sisters find that participating in the traditions of Las Posadas helps keep memories of Mama alive.

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Josefina hopes her family will have a happy Christmas, although she knows they will miss Mam . When she and her sisters discover that the Christmas altar cloth Mam embroidered has been damaged, they are heartbroken. But T'a Dolores finds a way to help the sisters' hearts begin to mend. As the villagers gather to celebrate the Christmas tradition called Las Posadas, Josefina finds that memories can bring comfort and courage. Christmas Eve is filled with surprises that make Josefina's heart sing.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   69
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  7-12
Series  American Girl Josefina  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  1562475193  
ISBN13  9781562475192  

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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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 > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > Hispanic & Latino
5Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Josefina

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Good Christmas Tale  Mar 20, 2008
This Josefina story blends the joyous with the bittersweet. Like the other books in the series, the book explores the grief that a family has after the death of the mother. That being said, it is not a 'sad' story -- there are happy portions and the ending is full of Christmas cheer. I heartily recommend it.
A wonderful story, with some excellent lessons  Sep 25, 2002
This is another book in the American Girls series about Josefina Montoya, a ten-year-old girl living in the New Mexico of 1824. In this book, Josefina and her sisters prepare for Christmas, a grand celebration in New Mexico, made all the more special by the towns use of the Christmas altar cloth made by Josefina's late mother. However, when the altar cloth is brought it, they find out that the flood (Josefina Learns a Lesson) damaged the cloth. The girls rally round to fix the cloth...and perhaps fix themselves at the same time.

The final chapter of this wonderful book is a highly informative look at Christmas in New Mexico in 1824. Jean-Paul Tibbles' excellent illustrations complement the story nicely, and add a great deal to the joy of reading this book.

This is a wonderful story, with some excellent lessons. I liked the way the family pulled together, and worked hard towards something beyond themselves. Also, I like how the family's religion is worked into the book in a warm and inspiring way. This is another excellent American Girls book, one that my daughter and I recommend to you.

This book was so good  Oct 19, 1998
In this book Josefina gets to be Maria in the Christmas play. She has a happy Christmas.
A story of a girl living in 1824 New Mexicao.  Sep 24, 1998
Josefina Montoya is a nine-year-old girl growing up on her family's rancho near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1824. Mama died last year, and since then, life for Josefina, her father, and her older sisters, Ana, Clara, and Francisca. Even though things have been better since Mama's sister, Tia Dolores, came to help out, the Montoyas still grieve. Josefina feels that celebrating the Christmas traditions will make her miss Mama more - but they bring her peace and happiness. And one special night gives Josefina courage and hope for the future, and brings Josefina an unexpected gift. This book was very good and I learned a lot about the traditions of Mexican families living on the Southwest frontier in the 1820s.
Another Great Josefina Story!  Oct 11, 1997
Josefina and her sisters, Ana, Francisca and Clara are struggling to keep the Christmas alive after Mamå's death. Every year when a girl would turn eight they would recieve the Nina doll. But when Josefina turned 8 they forgot about the tradition since Mama had just died. But this Christmas Josefina is 9 and she wants the doll. But Clara doesn't want to give the doll up since she wants to remember her mother. Then when the doll is lost Josefina just gives up hope but Christmas Eve is always filled with love and surprises.

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