Maria and the Lost Calf


By Kate Morejohn, Illustrated by Dwight Morejohn

This delightful children’s story, beautifully illustrated, with original watercolors takes place in the California Marin headlands at the turn of the last century. It tells the story of a young farmer’s daughter, Maria, whose favorite calf wanders away from her parent’s dairy farm the night before the Holy Ghost Festa, and Maria becomes lost herself looking for the calf. During her overnight escapade, Maria reminiscences about her home country in the Azores, the family and friends left behind, and her long and hazardous ocean crossing from the Azores to California.

This first children’s book from Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, with text in both English and Portuguese – provides a vivid account of the historic presence of the Portuguese-Azorean dairy farmers in Southern and Western Marine County.

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