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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: American Girl (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562475150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562475154
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From 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 T¡a 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. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gina Martinez on December 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Josefina, a Spanish girl, lives in New Mexico with her father and three older sisters. Her story takes place in 1824 New Mexico, on her father's ranch. New Mexico was still a part of Mexico, then. When her mother dies, Josefina and her sisters must struggle to cope until a surprise arrives with her Abuelito's caravan from Mexico City, which gives her hope and a wonderful idea.
The story has a happy ending, and I couldn't wait to read the rest of the books in this series! I recommend this book to any girl who likes excitement and adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1998
Format: Turtleback
Josefina is the newest American Girl! Another great character to a wonderful series. Josefina is a 9 year old Hispanic girl from 1824 New Mexico. Her Tia Delores comes (Tia means aunt in Spanish) and brings the most wonderful thing to the Montoya rancho. A piano! But the girls just suffered an awful loss, their mothers death. Can Tia Delores bring happiness to the house? Josefina must also overcome her fear of the mean, old goat who destroys one of her most favorite things.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peanutbudder on July 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I like the American Girl Collection. It's my favorite series of books (except Captain Underpants). Since I live in 2001 right now, Josefina isn't new. Right now the newest American Girl is Kit. I don't have an American Girl doll yet. I will soon. I'm going to get Josefina. Josefina Montoya has a big (and I mean big) problem. Her Mamá has died. Only her Papá is left. But there is a goat being very mean to Josefina. Can Josefina overcome her fear of goats? Or will she be doomed? The book is way better than "Meet Felicity". The book is better than "Meet Felicity" because "Meet Josefina" has a slightly better story plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Gruver VINE VOICE on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it showed a little bit of a different culture. It showed that even though it was set in 1824 in New Mexico, that the things that are important are the same to people everywhere. Also it was an exciting book. I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I live in Nm and it was refreshing to see the American girl company make a doll and book series about NM. I bought the doll and read the book right when it came out. I have enjoyed the book and addind Josefina to my doll collection. (i have all of the american girl dolls!) So keep up the good work american girl!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 26, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
Is an American Girl book. It tells the story of how they lived back in 1824.I liked it so much that I'll give it 5 stars. Josefina's mom had died and tia Dolores changes Josefinas life. Josefina learns that even though someone or something is not with you or dies you should move on and meet new people and try new things. The book was exciting when Josefina faces her fear of a maen goat named Florecita. I thought it was well written. Other kids will enjoy it because it is a book that goes baack in timeto 1824 and what they did back then and how they lived.
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