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Meet Josefina: An American Girl (1997)

by Valerie Tripp

Other authors: Susan McAliley (Illustrator), Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator)

Series: American Girls: Josefina (1), American Girls (Josefina 1)

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Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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  ASSG.Library | Mar 15, 2024 |
While this was somewhat refreshing after the Felicity books, I feel like there is already a presage of the same important topics being neglected, such as what exactly is the status of these workers ("workers"? I really don't know) on the family's rancho. Why is it that Josefina's family has a rancho and others work on it instead of having their own? While I appreciate the diverse background and a historical story that isn't told so often, I hope this series will be more than just another rich American Girl.

The story itself was a bit boring, but it had a lot of work to do in only ~60 pages. It basically introduces us to Josefina's family, including her multitude of sisters, and their way of life on a rancho outside of Sante Fe when it was still part of Mexico. Their mother died shortly before the book starts, so I feel this has potential to tackle more serious subjects than the Felicity books did.

What's really sad and enlightening for me is that, as a woman in my 30s now rereading these, I am checking out the dads in the illustrations. God help me when I start checking out the grandpas. ( )
  bannedforaday | Oct 22, 2023 |
Age: 8+ years old
  Jamie202020 | Dec 6, 2022 |
The story of a girl living in 1824.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 18, 2021 |
9-year-old Josephina tries to run the household after her mother dies. Spanish language.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 3, 2021 |
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To my husband, Michael and my daughter, Katherine with love
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Josephina Montoya hummed to herself as she stood in the sunshine waiting for her sisters.
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Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

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This is the first book in the "Josefina" series of the American Girls Collection. It introduces Josefina Montoya, a nine-year-old girl who lives on a rancho in 1824 New Mexico with her widowed father and three older sisters.
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