New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1973). Slim quarto, measuring 10 x 7.5 inches: . Original color pictorial paper boards, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color illustrations throughout text. Neat owner signature to front free endpaper. Light discoloration to endpapers, lightest wear to jacket spine ends and corners.
First edition of Caldecott winner Leo Politi’s vividly illustrated Christmas story set in the Barrio of Los Angeles, where young Carlitos loses his beloved dog Blanco over the holiday. “Blanco is very weary by now. All he wants to do is sleep. Curling up on the floor of warm straw near the Christ-Child, he feels safe and peaceful for the first time since losing Carlitos. He falls asleep in no time at all.” Known for his thoughtful depiction of immigrant communities in California, Politi was a two-time recipient of Caldecott Honors, in 1947 and 1949, and the winner of the 1950 Caldecott Medal for The Song of the Swallows. A near-fine copy of a touching book.