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Meet Josefina, an American Girl (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) & Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator)
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Item description for Meet Josefina, an American Girl (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley & Jean-Paul Tibbles...

Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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Josefina Montoya is growing up on a rancho near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1824. Ever since Mam died a year before, Josefina and her three sisters have been struggling to carry on without her. One bright fall day, happy news arrives--their beloved grandfather is returning home after a long trading trip. Josefina knows that he will bring exciting stories and wonderful treasures from his journey. But this time he brings something more--a great surprise that Josefina and her sisters never even dreamed of

Citations And Professional Reviews
Meet Josefina, an American Girl (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley & Jean-Paul Tibbles has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/15/1997 page 1313
  • Booklist - 10/01/1997 page 333
  • Black Issues Book Review - 11/01/2004 page 77
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1997

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   85
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Josefina  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1562475150  
ISBN13  9781562475154  

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.

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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 > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Multigenerational > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > Hispanic & Latino
6Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Josefina

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Josefina is a charming girl  Oct 5, 2008
Here is my confession: Josefina is my own personal American Girl doll that I bought back in junior high.

Some time ago I pulled this book out again, read it, and was immediately transported back to that time of childhood and the ways of the American Girl dolls and their stories--all in the context of American history. This reaches back to a pre-U.S. New Mexico to a sweet little girl named Josefina who is growing up with her sisters and widowed father on a ranch. She's likeable, sweet, and very much devoted to her family. I immediately fell in love with her.
The Beginning of an Excellent Series  Mar 20, 2008
My daughter (aged 4) and I have enjoyed all of the Josefina books. Though the death of her mother is a major plot point in this story (and in most of the other stories in this series), it occurs a year before the events in the book, and no details of the death are presented. The book deals primarily with the griefing process, life on a New Mexican rancho in the early 19th century, and the arrival of Josefina's aunt. All the books in the series are very informative and present the New Mexican culture in an interesting and positive way. I highly recommend the series!
This is the best book on earth!  Sep 22, 2006
This book teaches you about how a young mexican girl's life would be in 1824. This book is not boring at all. I think any child or adult would enjoy this book if they had common sense. I think this book deserves 20 stars, if that were possible.
My Daughter's Favorite  Dec 26, 2003
This is my daughter's favorite American Girl! This book is the first in a series of 6 about a 9 yr. old Hispanic girl growing up in New Mexicio in the year 1824. In the beginning it shows pictures of Josefina's friends & family. Basically, the series is about how Josefina's family survives on their 'rancho' after their mother dies. The books go into Hispanic culture and history. At the end of the book are photographs of some of the things mentioned in the story, as well as a glossary of spanish words. My 7 yr. old daughter has no problem reading these books by herself.
Josefina has dreams as high as the sky.  Jun 2, 2003
There is a young girl named Josefina. Josefina has so many dreams. She has three sisters and no brothers. Her mother died. If you like adventure and excitement this is the book for you.I think this is a great book. This book is exciting. I like this amazing book because it is adventurous.

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