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Song of the Swallows

Written & illustrated by Leo Politi
Published by Getty Publications
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Jan 1, 2009
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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

Themes:
birds
California
Categories:
caldecott
classics
Genres:
fiction

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Who Wrote Song of the Swallows

author & illustrator
Leo Politi

Leo Politi wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books, many of which are set in the Latino communities of Southern California.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780892369898
Publication Date:
January 1, 2009
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2009924371
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0892369892
Lexile® Level:
AD690L
ATOS® Book Level:
4.59
Accelerated Reader® Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
29782
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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