American Girls Collection, Book 4: Happy Birthday, Josefina!: A Springtime Story

by Valerie Tripp

Paperback, 1998




American Girl (1998), Edition: First Edition, 88 pages


Josefina hopes to become a "curandera" or healer like Tia Magdalena, and she is tested just before her tenth birthday when a friend receives a potentially fatal snakebite.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Josefina is very excited to be given a chance to help out Tia Magdelina, but she breaks a vessel and runs away rather than facing her problems. She thinks that she has lost her chance to be a healer, but when her friend Mariana is bitten by a snake, she saves her with her healing knowledge-
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redeeming herself in Tia Magdelina’s eyes and her own.
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LibraryThing member amandaonfire252
This was an unexpected birthday story but was very interesting nonetheless. The story was a bit of an emotional ride as things got complicated but turned out good in the end.

The story was about how Josefina disappointed her grandmother Tia Magdelena who is a respected healer in the village.
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Josefina fears that she will never get to be a healer like her grandmother but after a visit to a friend, Josefina proves on her birthday that she is brave and worthy of second chances.

I would use this in my classroom as a discussion to what you would want to be when you grow up and who inspires you. Probably have the children write a journal or make some sort of compilation.
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LibraryThing member Marse
Josefina visits her Tia Magdalena to learn about herbs and healing and runs away when she accidentally breaks something while cleaning. She learns to be brave and saves the life of her friend.


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8.5 inches


1562475878 / 9781562475871


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