American Girl Josefina #4: Happy Birthday, Josefina!: A Springtime Story

by American Girls Collection (Series)

Other authorsValerie Tripp (Author)
Paperback, 1998

Status

Available

Call number

PB Ame

Call number

PB Ame

Local notes

PB Ame

Publication

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

Description

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.

Physical description

88 p.; 8.52 inches

ISBN

1562475878 / 9781562475871

UPC

723232075874

Barcode

658

User reviews

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.
LibraryThing member Zoes_Human
This is the first American Girls book I've ever read, and I only did so to practice reading in Spanish. I was delightfully surprised by it. Pains were clearly taken to prioritize historical and cultural accuracy, and the story itself is charming. It has all the pros of Little House without the
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racism.
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Pages

88

Rating

½ (28 ratings; 3.9)
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