HOW FAR, FELIPE? by Genevieve Gray


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When a Spanish officer calls for Mexican families to settle in California (an appended author's note places the expedition in 1775), Felipe and his little burro Filomena are among those who make the trip. (Unaccountably, Gray has Aunt Maria, contradicting her husband's pronouncement, make the decision to go.) On the way, hunger, thirst, and cold overtake the party and several animals die; this is always good for luring stragglers on to the end of the voyage, but the Felipe-and-Filomena sidelights, such as the donkey's contribution of a time-to-get-up bray and the boy's help in caring for the other animals, are just too incidental to provide the intended human interest.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1978
Publisher: Harper & Row