Kirsten Larson is celebrating her birthday on the frontier of Minnesota in June of 1855; the spring has been stressful as Kirsten has worked hard helping her mother prepare for the arrival of a new baby. The extra sewing, cooking, cleaning, and farm work has left Kirsten too busy to attend school, though Kirsten welcomes the distraction from worrying about the possibility of her mother dying in childbirth. When the baby finally arrives, Kirsten's family and friends surprise her with a magical birthday celebration as part of a barn-raising party.
Kirsten's original Pleasant Company birthday dress is a rare one to find in a size 16, and rarer still to find with the apron included. When one popped up on eBay in 2020 I grabbed it, and separately bought red boots, striped socks, and a flower wreath to match the outfit. The sleeves were a bit too tight so I ended up altering them slightly, but otherwise the dress is in its original condition.