"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSEFINA! A Springtime Story" by Valerie Tripp

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSEFINA! A Springtime Story"

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this entry in one strand of the American Girls series (Meet Josefina, 1997, etc.), Josefina is approaching her tenth birthday and has decided she wants to be a healer like her godmother, T'a Magdalena. Participating in family and community activities--raising a baby goat, helping to replaster the church, and helping T'a Magdalena--take up much of her time. Near the end she is given the opportunity to prove her ability as a healer when her friend, Mariana, is bitten by a rattlesnake. This cheerful story is packed with historical tidbits. The adorable baby goat will appeal to the target audience, and although the story can be bland, it is well-paced, and enhanced by lovely realistic illustrations.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
Page count: 69pp
Publisher: Pleasant