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Meet Kirsten: An American Girl (1986)
by Janet Beeler Shaw
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Kirsten is a pioneer girl who settles on the frontier.
Kirsten's story is well-paced and sure to capture the attention of its readers. Kirsten and her family are approaching America on a ship, which is pummeled by a storm. Despite the awfulness of being cooped up inside where the smells of people's sickness is unavoidable, at least Kirsten has a friend whose family also came from Sweden to America. Once in America things do not get easier. Kirsten gets lost and no one can understand her, and then her friend gets mortally ill. Finally, they reach Minnesota and are greeted by family.
I enjoyed the Kirsten story better than Josefina's, mainly because Josefina's narrative so seemed so flat. She never really came alive for me. Kirsten's narrative is told in a more engaging manner, Kirsten seems more rounded and interesting and the tale builds in a way that makes one want to keep reading. Recommended for 6-9 year olds.
These damn American Girl novels making feel all the feels. It could be the nostalgia talking but I absolutely loved this. I love what an age-appropriate history lesson these books teach without sugar coating it too much. This one really gives you a sense if just how scary it would be to journey across the ocean to an unfamiliar land, all in hope of making a better life. I cried a few little happy tears when they finally reached the Uncle's farm.
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American Girls (Kirsten 1)
Nine-year-old Kirsten and her family experience many hardships as they travel from Sweden to the Minnesota frontier in 1854.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)268.86 — Religions Christian church and church work Christian Education By Denomination Baptist
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