A Caldecott winner, this was one of Politi's strongest works. Song of the Swallows, Leo Politi, 1949, Charles Scribner's Sons. Signed with an original, beautiful watercolor illustration.
"Leo Politi's charming picture books are loved from coast to coast. They have a quality all their own; a quality that is hard to put into words. He has his own secret for capturing in a few brief pages, beauty, friendliness, and an unusual tenderness for children and animals.
This time the story is of the friendship between Juan, a little boy in the California town of Capistrano, and Julian, the old gardener and bell-ringer at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano.
It is Julian who tells Juan of old days at the Mission. Together they ring the bells to welcome the swallows as they come flying in from the sea on St. Joseph's
Lovely colorful pictures show the Mission, the California coast-line, and the swallows' return.
There are two songs-one is sung by the children of the Mission school as the swallows fly home."
Dust jacket has wear to edges with some long tears and losses, and rubbing along spine and hinges. Book clean and unmarked.
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