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Changes for Josefina : a winter story
Publication Information:
Middleton, Wis. : Pleasant Company Publications, c1998.
Physical Description:
70 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Reading Level:
720 L Lexile
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When Tia Dolores, the beloved aunt who has cared for the Montoya family since the death of their mother, announces that she is planning to leave, Josefina and her sisters try to find a way to change her mind.


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Josefina's family holds a party to celebrate the end of the Christmas season. Josefina and her sisters handle all the preparations, and the party is a great success. But the girls' pleasure turns to shock the next morning when T'a Dolores announces she's leaving the rancho. Josefina and her sisters are sure T'a Dolores belongs with them and Pap√°, but their efforts to convince her only make matters worse. There's one person who could persuade T'a Dolores to stay--but how can Josefina get him to help?

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)

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Horn Book Review

Growing up in New Mexico in the mid-1820s, Josefina finds her vocation as a healer in [cf2]Happy Birthday[cf1]; prevents disaster when an American wagon train comes to Santa Fe in [cf2]Saves the Day[cf1], and, in [cf2]Changes[cf1], paves the way for her aunt to marry her widowed father. Despite occasional flaws (flat characters, some far-fetched plot elements), these accessible novels feature a likable heroine and an interesting setting. From HORN BOOK Spring 1999, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.