Following up on the earlier post to guess the November artist/illustrator. Rachel guessed that it will be Leo Politi and we discussed him some in the comments section there. This year, November 21, would have been his 100th birthday. Jennifer just mentioned she has Song of the Swallows and was wondering if that is the author. Yes, it is! And that is just the tip of the iceburg.
Jennifer also mentioned that book is all she has. Most of his books are unfortunately out of print but very much worth finding used or from interlibrary loan if they aren't available to you locally. I find his work enchanting - very rich with cultural traditions and heritage of different ethnic groups in America. They are a great look at our melting pot history starting with the founding of the missions in California. It's still a bit early to officially start this November study but not so when one considers it may take some time to locate more books. Do take the time and effort to seek out a few of his books - you will not be disappointed!
Here is a listing of the books that Leo Politi wrote and illustrated.
Here is a listing of books that Leo Politi illustrated but were written by other authors.
Samples of his art work and illlustrations.