Lisbeth Larson is the cousin of Kirsten Larson.
- Name: Lisbeth Larson
- First Appearance: Meet Kirsten
- (Unknown): Father; only mentioned as having died around six to seven years before Meet Kirsten
- Olav Larson: Stepfather
- Inger Larson: Mother
- Anna Larson: Younger Sister
- Anders Larson: Uncle
- Greta Larson: Aunt
- Lars Larson: Cousin
- Kirsten Larson: Cousin
- Peter Larson: Cousin
- Britta Larson: Cousin
Lisbeth is Kirsten's older cousin who loves to talk, share secrets, and gossip, especially about supernatural or scary happenings. As the oldest, she has a little more experience than the other girls do about school, the wilderness, and responsibilities. She loved to tell scary tales about Mr. Coogan, their former teacher. She is very responsible, practical, but she likes to have fun as well. She serves as an educator to Kirsten, teaching her ways about America. Her favorite part of the Declaration of Independence is "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..."
In the Books
Meet Kirsten: An American Girl
Lisbeth is the first of Kirsten's cousins to introduce herself when the Larson's arrive at the farm. She tells Kirsten she watched for her every day, and she gives Kirsten her old dress. The next day, Lisbeth and Anna show Kirsten their secret fort and ask her to choose a place in the fort for her doll.
Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story
Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story
Lisbeth is unfamiliar with Saint Lucia's Day, not remembering anything about Sweden due to moving at such a young age and never having celebrated the holiday in America. When Kirsten suggests they surprise their family by having Saint Lucia's Day celebration, Lisbeth is the practical one who asks Kirsten how they would get the items they need. Lisbeth isn't convinced to help with the idea until Kirsten assures her their plan could work. She helps Kirsten make the crown, and she assures Kirsten even if they could get the dress, they could do the celebration next year.
Lisbeth stays up with the rest of the family awaiting Kirsten's and Papa's return. When Kirsten says she wanted to do the surprise now, Lisbeth is the one to question how they would surprise everyone when the whole family was awake anyway. Lisbeth is the one to grab the crown from Miss Winston's turn, and she helps Kirsten change into the costume and light up the candles. When Kirsten hands out coffee and bread to everyone as Saint Lucia, Lisbeth asks Kirsten if this was what it was like last Christmas in Sweden, to which Kirsten says this year was even better.
Happy Birthday, Kirsten!: A Springtime Story
Kirsten Saves The Day: A Summer Story
Lisbeth helps Anna and her cousins pick raspberries, explaining to Kirsten and Peter that they would sell the jelly and jam and help Mama make berry pies to eat for the Fourth of July. She is the one to explain the holiday to Kirsten, reminding Kirsten about the Declaration of Independence. She recites "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", adding that she loved that part.
When Anna describes the Fourth of July activities, Lisbeth brings up that guns and cannons went off all day, something she didn't like so well. When Kirsten asks her about selling goods in town, Lisbeth explains how they used their extra money from selling goods to get their straw hats.
Lisbeth is the one to call after Kirsten when she wanders away in an attempt to visit the honey tree. When she realizes Kirsten had ran into a bear cub, she immediately tells Kirsten they should leave, reminding Kirsten how dangerous bears could be. As Lisbeth was almost thirteen and the oldest of the children, Kristen obeys her.
Lisbeth travels with the rest of her family into town for the Fourth of July. When they take a look inside the store, Lisbeth immediately goes to take a look at the lace.