MISSION TALES VOLUME 1
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Mission Tales is a seven-volume collection of wonderfully illustrated children's stories. Each volume contains three interesting, informative, and delightful stories, enjoyed by readers of all ages, but primarily intended for adolescents aged 7-12 years old. Each story is based on historical accounts relating to one of California's twenty-one missions. A brief historical overview, along with a calendar of historical events, is included for each Mission. These books are perfect for schools, libraries, and for every child's bookshelf. Mission Tales was written by Helen M. Roberts and first published in 1948, to honor the California Missions in celebration of California's statehood centennial. She became interested in the Missions, photographed many details, and in the process almost "relived" the Mission days. In 1948, Mission Tales were published in 21 small books, one for each mission. While the books were still in galley form, a series of 13 radio programs were broadcast into California schools through the Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee and Bakersfield Bee stations. Later the books were re-published in 7 volumes, with 3 missions included in each volume. Contained within the set were more than 300 illustrations, all drawn by her daughter who majored in Art at Stanford University. Helen Roberts was a prolific author and photographer. Besides the Mission Tales series, she authored children's plays, several novels, and many religious works. She lived in Africa for 17 years, battling illiteracy; At first, she assisted with English language classes for African adults who were literate in their own language. Then she learned the native Swahili and helped teach classes of adult illiterates. Helen continued her writing of books on language, health, family finance, and a variety of other subjects in the Swahili language. She also prepared the first Shona Language primer, and trained many teachers in the Laubach method of attacking adult illiteracy.