Song of the Swallows

Song of the Swallows

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Baker & Taylor
Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day the next spring.

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When the swallows fly away from Capistrano, Juan is assured by his friend that the birds will return

Simon and Schuster

Every summer, the swallows leave San Juan Capistrano and fly far away, to a peaceful green island -- but they always come back in the spring, on St. Joseph's Day. Juan loves las golondrinas, and so does his friend, Julian, the gardener at the mission.

This year, Juan plants a garden in his own yard. There's nothing he wants more than for the swallows to nest there. And on St. Joseph's Day, his dream comes true.

Leo Politi is the beloved author and illustrator of Pedro, The Angel of Olvera Street, among many other books for children. Song of the Swallows won the Caldecott Medal in 1950.

Publisher: New York : Aladdin Books, 1948
ISBN: 9780689711404
Branch Call Number: JP POLITI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged)


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Jun 01, 2019

Meh; I think this story could have been much better. It jumped around too much, included information that wasn't really necessary, and confused my daughter. There are many books that you could include in your library about waiting for something special. This, is not one of them. I can't believe it's a Caldecott winner.


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