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Saturday, February 19, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Meet Kirsten: An American Girl by Janet Beeler Shaw


TITLE: Meet Kirsten: An American Girl
SERIES: Book #1 of the American Girl Kirsten Series
AUTHOR: Janet Beeler Shaw
ILLUSTRATOR: Renee Graef
PUBLISHER: American Girl
DATE OF PUBLICATION: August 1, 1986
FORMAT: Paperback, 61 pages
GENRE: Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction, Chapter Books 
 
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:

In the summer of 1854, after a long & dangerous journey on a small ship, Kirsten Larson & her family arrive in America. Everything in the new land is different from the small village Kirsten left behind in Sweden. The way people dress, how they talk, & the ways they travel all seem strange to her. Will she ever feel at home in this new place? Getting lost in a big city & parting with her best friend make her wonder. It is only when the Larsons arrive at a tiny farm on the edge of the frontier that Kirsten believes Papa's promise -- America will be a land filled with happy opportunity for all of them

MY REVIEW: 
 
I read this book aloud to my daughters.

This is the first book in the American Girls Kirsten Series. This is also our first book in any American Girl series and our first book by this author.

We love reading books that take place during the 1800s time period. In this book, Kirsten's family immigrates from Sweden to America in 1854. They are travelling to Minnesota to join family members already settled there. Along the way, they experience some difficulties. The series continues with five more books.

We really enjoyed the book! When I told my daughters that there is an American Girl website and that there is an historical Kirsten doll, they were so excited! They went from not knowing who American Girl was to now having American Girl dolls, catalogs, and playing games on their website! Smart marketing! We are hooked on the American Girl historical books and dolls. 

MY RATING: 4 stars!
 
This book qualifies as:
#68 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge

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