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Happy Birthday, Josefina!: A Springtime Story (American Girls: Josefina #4)

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Josefina is pleased and proud when her godmother, T'a Magdalena, asks for her help with springtime chores. T'a Magdalena is a respected healer in the village, and Josefina hopes to become a healer just like her someday. Then one day at T'a Magdalena's house, Josefina makes an awful mistake that shatters her hopes. She's sure T'a Magdalena will never teach her now! But when ...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Jan 13, 2009 Steph rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loved The American Girls Collection
Recommended to Steph by: my aunt
A childhood favorite; very interesting, but now it's not quite as good as when I was little.
as it transpires, josefina's godmother is the local herbalist & healer. she is josefina's father's oldest sister. she requests that josefina come into town one day & help her clean & organize her stockroom. they make a game of it. as josefina takes each bottle off the shelf, her godmother asks her to guess what's inside. josefina is pretty good at guessing, & is rewarded with an explanation of how to use the herb & what it treats. josefina is given a root thing that can be ma ...more
It's spring and time for Josefina's birthday, she'll be ten this year and Josefina has decided she wants to be a curandera or healer like her godmother Tia Magdalena. Josefina's responsibility and strength is put to the test when she decides to had raise Florecita's orphaned baby and she's tested yet again when her friend Mariana is bitten by a venomous snake, will Josefina prove that she's growing up and can be a curandera and also have a happy birthday?
March 7: Happy Birthday, Josefina!
Activity Ideas:
• visiting baby animals/goats/goat farm
• learning string games (like Cat’s Cradle), singing games and guessing
games (like Who’s got the button?)
• Stories, songs, riddles & tongue twisters
• making homemade dolls or toys
• Natural health, herbs and first aid
• have a feast (feast of San Jose in book)
• decorate flower pots and plant flowers or seeds for garden
Other things mentioned in the book: sprouting flowers, piano lessons,
replastering the chur
I liked happy birthday Josefina. Josefina's friend got bit by a rattlesnake.Josefina had one faevret tree.
Lisa Cindrich
Followed by a descent into the alluring whirlpool that is our local American Girl store.
Mary Bronson
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Felicity The Magnificent
I liked this book because it was Josefina's birthday, and her birthday was in the spring time. Floricita, her meanest enemy and a goat that lived on her ranch, had a baby kid. When she had the baby kid, she died, and Josefina took care of the baby kid, and the kid was nicer than Floricita. The kid followed Josefina all around like her shadow. -by Felicity
I think this book is getting closer to the progression I see with the family. I think it is interesting the different way people celebrate birthdays and holidays in general. I didn't realize how much the church was related in their daily lives.
Jo Ann
I've enjoyed the 2 Josephina - American Girl books I've read to keep up with my granddaughter, Campbell's growing book collection. I like Josephina and her stories in New Mexico in the 1800's.
Kristine Pratt
Josefina finds direction for her life and saves the life of her best friend all in the space of one afternoon! A touching story with a lot of action and adventure.
Apr 04, 2008 Kelsey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 7-10
This series is a really good one. I've read more than what's on my list, but I don't feel like going through 40 somewhat pages. LOLS :) They are easy though.
Loved it! I was scared about the rattlesnake but I liked when she got the goat.
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