CESARE OF ITALY; LUIS OF SPAIN by Peter Buckley
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CESARE OF ITALY; LUIS OF SPAIN

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With his camera in hand and a good idea in his head, Peter Buckley profited from a life abroad by doing picture stories of the people he knew and with these two books he inaugurates a fine new juvenile series. The first, the daily life of ten year old Cesare Tonl who lives on Lake Lugano, sets the pattern of well matched, informal text and excellent photographs that the others are to follow. Seen through Cesare's activities, the Tognl's life is part of the heart of Italy. Though they live in Castello, a tiny town half an hour's steep walk up a mountain from the lake, Cesare's father is a shoemaker in the lake shore town of San Mamets and farms besides, in his small field part way up the mountain. Cesare goes to a parochial school, swims and plays with his friends and helps his elders at work. There is a climax to the story when he makes a Saint's Day present for his mother and takes an all day excursion to Monte Bre across the lake...Like Cessre's, Luis' story has the vigour and freshness of a real boy alive today. Eleven and the oldest boy in a good sized family, Luis Guillot lives on his father's farm just outside Valencia. Methods are simple- the irrigation system dates from Arab influence, and Luis who must work hard in a land with a teacher shortage as well, has little time for school and depends on the visits of a travelling tutor. But his days have their variation from farm routine. There is pulla for Sunday dinner, the fascinating cave houses in nearby villages, the Spring festival and the time when Luis came to the rescue by making a cart for his dog to haul their wares to market. With these two books as a starter, the series has a good reputation to live up to.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1954
Publisher: Franklin Watts