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

by American Girls Collection (Series)

Other authorsJanet Shaw (Author)
Paperback, 1988

Status

Available

Call number

PB Ame

Call number

PB Ame

Local notes

PB Ame

Publication

American Girl (1988), Paperback, 72 pages

Description

On a Minnesota farm in the mid 1800's, the hard working members of the Larson family find time to celebrate Kirsten's tenth birthday.

Physical description

72 p.; 8.58 inches

ISBN

0937295337 / 9780937295335

UPC

723232095339

Barcode

668

User reviews

LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
With Mama’s baby on the way, Kirsten doesn’t have any time for herself. She wants to help make a quilt for her teacher, but she doesn’t have any time to sew a square with all the extra work she has to do for her mother. For her birthday she gets a whole day off to spend with her friends, and a lovely surprize- the friendship quilt that everyone makes is for her since she missed the fun of sewing it.… (more)
LibraryThing member the1butterfly
This is a double of a classroom library book. With Mama’s baby on the way, Kirsten doesn’t have any time for herself. She wants to help make a quilt for her teacher, but she doesn’t have any time to sew a square with all the extra work she has to do for her mother. For her birthday she gets a whole day off to spend with her friends, and a lovely surprize- the friendship quilt that everyone makes is for her since she missed the fun of sewing it.… (more)
LibraryThing member summerdinah
Kirsten’s Surprise is one of the most adventurous sequels in this series. The author has done her research on the time period, location, and culture. She includes research pieces in the back of this book for the reader to better understand the culture of the time period and the immigrants from Sweden. One of the reasons that I like the American Girl books is because they offer different perspectives from different culture with an easy to read format.

The plot in this story is centered on preparations for Christmas and the Swedish holiday called St. Lucia. Unfortunately, many of the families are experiencing hardship and the all family members are looking for ways to make Christmas/St. Lucia special. As Kirsten and the children of the town gather thoughts and ideas on how they can make the celebration of St. Lucia a special day! It is shared that the children who lived in Sweden had experienced the St. Lucia holiday because in America, families celebrated Christmas.
Unexpectedly, Kirsten’s father sets out for town the day before Christmas to get boxes of their things that had been left when they had arrived in America. Kirsten pleads with her father to go and he agrees. During their trip (they travel by horse drawn carriage), they
Run into a snow storm on their journey home. Kirsten must find the physical and spiritual strength within herself to lead the way home.

The only thing that I do not like about the Kirsten book(and American Girl books)
Is there is not a lot of “voice” to the books. Then again, I think that these books
Are meant for “right after chapter book readers”.
… (more)

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Pages

72

Rating

(59 ratings; 3.7)
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