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“Asilomar so Lovely, Down by the Edge of the Sea, Where the Pine Trees Tall and Stately, And the Sand Dunes call to Me.”
This Caldecott Medal winning picture book from the beloved writer and illustrator Leo Politi tells the story of the yearly arrival of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Julian, the bell ringer of the mission, tells young Juan the story of the swallows and together they eagerly await the birds return. Music and lyrics for “La Golondrina,” a traditional song about the swallows, are included and Spanish phrases are sprinkled throughout the story. This charming book is an excellent introduction to the history of the California missions for young children.
From the snowy mountains to the beach, your little one will see the vast beauty of California’s landscape, without even having to leave home.
Explore the nation’s marvelous national parks from Acadia to Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon to the Grand Tetons.
LEGEND OF TIS-SE’-YAK (SOUTH DOME AND NORTH DOME)
A Miwok Legend
Tis-Se’-Yak and her husband journeyed from a country very far off, and entered the valley of the Yosemite foot-sore from travel. She bore a great heavy conical basket, strapped across her head. Tis-Se’-Yak came first.
Her husband followed with a rude staff and a light roll of skins on his back. They were thirsty after their long journey across the mountains. They hurried forward to drink of the waters, and the woman was still in advance when she reached Lake Awaia. Then she dipped up the water in her basket and drank of it.
She drank up all the water. The lake was dry before her husband reached it. And because the woman drank all the water, there came a drought. The earth dried tip. There was no grass, nor any green thing.
But the man was angry because he had no water to drink. He beat the woman with his staff and she fled, but he followed and beat her even more. Then the woman wept. In her anger she turned and flung her basket at the man. And even then they were changed into stone. The woman’s basket lies upturned beside the man. The woman’s face is tear-stained, with long dark lines trailing down.
South Dome is the woman and North Dome is the husband. The Indian woman cuts her hair straight across the forehead, and allows the sides to drop along her cheeks, forming a square face.