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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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Mar 25, 2015 Karol rated it really liked it
A touching story about self discovery and growing up. It was nice to learn who Josefina was named after and about herbs and healing people.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Josefina's birthday is coming up, but the really important part of the story deals with Josefina's relationship with Tia Magdalena, who is her godmother and a healer.

( In other cultures she would have been referred to as a "wise woman," someone who knew about various herbs and materials that could be used for healing people's illnesses. Such people were present throughout history in various societies. In Native American society they would have been referred to as medicine men and medicine women
Jan 13, 2009 Steph rated it liked it
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.
Dec 20, 2011 Ciara rated it liked it
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
Jul 27, 2014 Miri rated it it was amazing
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?
Nov 12, 2015 MJ rated it it was amazing
Alissa delights in learning the names of all the characters who are in the photos at the beginning of the books.

She received another catalog and is trying to decide which doll she wants for her birthday.
Feb 21, 2013 Teri rated it liked it
Shelves: american-girl
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
Sep 10, 2014 Haidyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Jan 30, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
I love these stories. Sweet, with a good moral to them.
Mary Bronson
Dec 29, 2013 Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing
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Felicity The Magnificent
Jul 27, 2012 Felicity The Magnificent rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2012 Jo Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Hansen
Jan 10, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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.
May 03, 2013 Tracie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: evies-bookshelf
Loved it! I was scared about the rattlesnake but I liked when she got the goat.
Jun 05, 2008 Tessa rated it liked it
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Valerie Tripp is a children's book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series.

She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York with three sisters. She is a reading expert with a Reading Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College. She has been a writer for reading textbooks for t
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