The Definitive Guide to

Song of the Swallows

Written and illustrated by Leo Politi
Published by Getty Publications
1234567
4.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 3.7 / 5.0
$16.95
List Price
6-9
Target Age
32
Pages
Picture
Book Type

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

Song of the Swallows, which won the Caldecott Medal when it was first published in 1948, was written and illustrated by Leo Politi, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved artists.

It tells the famous story of the yearly return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano through the eyes of a small child. Julian, the bell ringer of the Mission, tells Juan, a young boy who also lives at the Mission, the story of the swallows and how—without anyone really knowing why or how—they return each year from their winter home in South America to San Juan Capistrano in California. Thrilled by the story, Juan makes his own small garden in the hope that at least one family of swallows will nest there when they return.

This delightful book also includes the music and lyrics for “La Golondrina,” a song about the swallows that Politi composed himself, and Spanish phrases are sprinkled throughout the story. This book provides a delightful introduction for young children California’s centuries-old Latino heritage and Mission culture.

What Kind of Book is Song of the Swallows

Categories:
caldecott
Themes:
birds

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt
1234567
4.0

Book Lists That Include Song of the Swallows

Book Lists › birds
Children's Books About Birds
Book Lists › caldecott
Captivating Caldecott Children's Books
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote Song of the Swallows

author & illustrator
Leo Politi View Author

What Has Leo Politi Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Leo Politi know that we want more details from them about Song of the Swallows!

Did This Book Win Any Awards

You bet it did. Check it out below!

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked This Book

Where the Wild Things Are book
6.7
imagination · monsters
Where the Wild Things Are
The Polar Express book
6.5
picture book
The Polar Express
Make Way for Ducklings book
6.0
parents · home · ducks
Make Way for Ducklings
Bird Count book
6.0
birds · Christmas
Bird Count
Madeline's Rescue book
5.6
sharing · rescue · dogs
Madeline's Rescue
Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage book
5.6
freedom · birds · civil rights movement · war
Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage

Book Details

ISBN 10:
0892369892
ISBN 13:
9780892369898
Publication Date:
January 1, 2009