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Title:
Josefina learns a lesson : a school story
Author:
Tripp, Valerie, 1951-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co., 1997.
Physical Description:
70 pages : illustrations (mostly color), color map ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Josefina and her sisters distrust learning to read and write, as well as other changes their Tía Dolores is bringing to the household, because they fear they will lose their memories of their mother.
General Note:
"Book two"--P. [1] of cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.5 2.0 17625.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 3 Quiz: 06159 Guided reading level: Q.
ISBN:
9781562475185

9781562475178
Format :
Book

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Josefina and her sisters distrust learning to read and write, as well as other changes their Tia Dolores is bringing to the household, because they fear they will lose their memories of their mother."


Author Notes

Valerie Tripp graduated with honors from the first coeducational class at Yale University in 1973. She received a Masters of Education from Harvard University in 1981. From 1974 to 1980, she was a writer for the Addison-Wesley Reading Program. She then became a freelance writer for The Hampton-Brown Company and ELHI Publishers Services creating educational materials for major publishers.

In 1983, Tripp and Pleasant Rowland decided to write a series of books about girls growing up all over the country during some of the most historical events of the past. Rowland envisioned the books as one of the cornerstones of a new company she had just founded called the Pleasant Co. Tripp's first assignment for Pleasant Co. was writing four of the six books about Samantha, a girl in turn-of-the-century America. Tripp then wrote about Felicity, Molly, and Josephina for the American Girls series. Her other works include the Hopscotch Hill School series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. The newest American Girls character, Josefina (that's "ho-seh-FEE-nah") Montoya, lives in 1824 on a Mexican rancho near present-day Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although her mother's death the year before still casts a shadow over the household, Josefina and her three sisters find plenty to keep them busy, from the endless chores necessary for running the rancho to the challenges of changing and growing up. In Meet, which is Book One, Josefina finds the courage to take charge of a pesky goat and to ask their father to invite their aunt, Tia Dolores, to stay with them. In Lesson, a flash flood destroys many of their father's sheep, but Tia Dolores teaches the girls to weave rugs, which can be sold to enlarge the depleted flock. When they question whether the changes in their lives will lead them from Mama's ways, Tia Dolores shows them how learning to read will bring them closer to their mother again. Deft storytelling weaves likable characters into a narrative that brings the time and place to life. As do other American Girls books, these end with several pages of illustrated period social history. Unlike the others, Meet includes a glossary of Spanish words used in the text. Spanish editions are planned for a fall release. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.