This 1948 publication is historical fiction for children. A young boy named Juan and old gardener and bell-ringer named Julian tell the story of the Swallows of Capistrano in Southern California. This story received the Caldecott Medal in 1950. It reads like a lovely piece of original source material. The language and the version of historical events is outdated. A little research indicates the large migration of swallows that once returned to Capistrano has now dwindled to a few. This story could inspire children to compare the past with the present on a variety of related topics. The book is inexpensive online.