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November 2009

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Welcome to our debut issue featuring books about California.
Special holiday offers to be featured next month!

In This Issue:

The California Missions
Saints of California
Song of the Swallows
Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street
Juanita
Emmet

N E W   F R O M   G E T T Y   P U B L I C A T I O N S

The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation
Edna E. Kimbro and Julia G. Costello with Tevvy Ball

Illustrated in color throughout, The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent photography to create a vivid profile of these iconic institutions.

"Each generation must reassess the history, architecture, art, and moral meaning of the California Missions. This sumptuous book—a landmark in the revival of Mission studies currently underway—will guide and structure all such assessments and preservation efforts for decades to come."
—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California, Author of the multivolume cultural history Americans and the California Dream

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The California Missions
Saints of California
Edward Mornin and Lorna Mornin
Saints of California

This fully illustrated guide features more than ninety entries on the Golden State's namesake saints. It includes fascinating historical information from Old California on the origins of each place name, color illustrations of each saint from paintings and other artworks, and a synopsis of the saint's life.

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B A C K   I N   P R I N T

Song of the Swallows
Written and illustrated by Leo Politi

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.

The book tells the famous story of the yearly return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano through the eyes of a small child. 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 to California's centuries-old Latino heritage and Mission culture.

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Song of the Swallows
Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street
Written and illustrated by Leo Politi

This Caldecott Honor book from beloved children's book author Leo Politi, originally published in 1946, is set on Olvera Street, the site of Los Angeles' original Latino settlement, which is still preserved very much as it once was—a busy and colorful mélange of small artisan shops, restaurants, and strolling musicians.

Pedro tells of the community's Christmas tradition of the "posada," a procession that reenacts Mary and Joseph's pilgrimage to Bethlehem, and of the "piñata," a papier-mâché vessel filled with toys that children break open at the Posada's end.

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Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street
Juanita
Written and illustrated by Leo Politi

Originally published in 1948 and the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, this book recounts the traditional Blessing of the Animals on the day before Easter on Olvera Street. Through his charming illustrations and text, Leo Politi captures the age-old traditions of birthdays and Easter in Los Angeles' Latino community. Music and lyrics for a Mexican birthday song and a lullaby are also included, making this a delightful introduction for young children to one of the many cultures that makes up Los Angeles and the nation.

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Juanita
Emmet
Written and illustrated by Leo Politi

Originally published in 1971, this book tells the story of Emmet, one of the many stray dogs taken in by old Mr. Winkel. Emmet was always the troublemaker of the lot, escaping from Mr. Winkel's yard to chase the neighborhood cats and snatch toys from small children. Tired of putting up with Emmet's energetic pranks, Mr. Winkel's neighbors are ready to call the dogcatcher when the rascally dog saves the grocer's shop from a fire set by a prowler.

As in all Leo Politi's books, Emmet's adventures are richly illustrated and humorously told—as Emmet frolics across the pages, every reader, young or old, can recall their own pesky neighborhood dogs—and even the ones in their own backyard.

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Emmet

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