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Meet Josefina: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Josefina #1)

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Josefina and her sisters are struggling after Mamá's death. But Grandfather brings a surprise from Mexico that lightens their hearts and brightens their future.

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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Overview

Josefina and her sisters are struggling after Mamá's death. But Grandfather brings a surprise from Mexico that lightens their hearts and brightens their future.

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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Gr 2-5--The life of Mexican settlers in New Mexico in 1824 is introduced in two easy-to-read stories. In Meet Josefina, the nine-year-old protagonist deals with the recent death of her mother, begins to incorporate her newly arrived aunt into the family, and overcomes her fear of a goat. Lesson continues the family saga, as Josefina, her three sisters, and her aunt cope with the effects of a flash flood. The characters are engaging, the plotting brisk, and the situations ones to which contemporary girls can relate. Accurate historical data is incorporated painlessly into the stories and fleshed out in "Peek into the Past" sections. Glossaries define the Spanish words used in the texts. Sound additions to a time-tested series.--Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Kirkus Reviews
The new American Girl on the block is Josefina Montoya, a Mexican girl living on a rancho near Santa Fe in 1824. Josefina's mother has died, and she and her three sisters are struggling to help their father run the rancho without her. The arrival of their aunt from Mexico City brings new affection into their lives, and, for Josefina, the special gift of music, for Tía Dolores has brought along her piano. This well-researched novel includes the usual "Peek into the Past" section that provides a historical context for the story, as well as a glossary of Spanish words. Tripp writes in an undemanding style, with a less dynamic heroine, and a more predictable plot than other titles in the series; still, a familiar format and readers' brand loyalty mean this book will find a ready and eager audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562475161
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: American Girl Collection Series: Josefina , #1
  • Pages: 93
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    A New Path.

    The date is 1824, the place is what we call today the state of New Mexico in the U.S.A. and the people are the Montoya family. As you read about Josefina you will "see" she is on a new path; a path with many funny and heart-warming experiences. Josefina meets a stranger that later she learns is really not a stranger. She challenges a goat. And who do you think wins? She asks her father to do something for her. Does he agree? When you read this story "1824 Meet Josefina: An American Girl" (book #1) you will discover the answers. The storyline is exciting and comical, and will capture your attention as well as keep you intrigued to the last page.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    loved this series read all 6

    i loved josephina searies it was really good recommand it for anyone! and i dont think you have to be a kid to enjoy the american girl books! enjoyed the look in the past!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    Josefina, A Hispanic Girl

    and francisa has two little boys.) they all get along really well and help the family that's why I enjoy these Books. I hope you do to!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    Loved the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just wanted to know if you've seen the movie Frozen.It's the best movie on earth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Bueno

    Este libro es bueno

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Angelica

    I Love The Josefina Books. I Love Reading About Hispanic Peopke And Places. Maybe Its Because Im A Latina?.
    Anyways Good Job Valerie Tripp Josefina Is My Favorite Character Out Of All the American Girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    ;)

    Such a gorgeous story! ~giggles~ :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Maggie

    Bleh) stopped. Hey i gtg. But when i come back ill meet you in scarletts house and we can continue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Vincent

    K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Love here doll! Heirloom doll is beatiful!

    Gorgeous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2003

    A beautiful book

    I really loved this book. It made me want to be Josefina. She was a hard worker on her family's rancho,along with her three older sisters, who she shared great relationships with. There was Ana, the kind, motherly oldest.Francisca who was 'headstrong and impatient'. And Clara the sensible,practical one.Josefina had a lot of adventures too. I would definately reccomend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    Meet Josefina: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Josefina #1)

    This is a great book about a mexican girl who has hopes and dreams just like us. She meets her Tia Dorles for the first time, and wants her to stay for a while longer. Her sisters want the same and the submit there idea to him, but the question is will he ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    Meet Josefina: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Josefina #1)

    I LOVE THIS BOOK INFACT I HAVE THE WHOLE SERIES!! THIS BOOK IS GREAT BECAUSE it has a girl that is just like us. Curious, and filled with thoughts and dreams. In fact she worked so hard to get what she wanted she reached her goal. She even purswaed her sisters to help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Great book for young girls

    I purchased the doll and got the first book in this series. The book tells about the way this young girl lived in 1824 Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a few spanish words (and definition), it is a heartfelt book on Josefina's life with family, friends and feelings.

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