David J. Weber, Book Review Editor
The Wonderful World of San Diego: A Child’s Adventure in this Exciting California City. By Anne Gray. (San Diego: 1971). Illustrations. Map. 72 pages. $3.95.
Anyone with young children or grandchildren living in San Diego will find The Wonderful World of San Diego a wise gift. With a sure touch for the subjects and conversation that grade school children like, Anne Gray takes two young visitors on a tour of San Diego, past and present, as seen through the eyes of “Uncle Justin.” To be sure, they visit such popular places as Sea World and the Zoo, but Uncle Justin is a history buff with a long memory. He sees to it that they visit historic sites as well. In this way the two young visitors learn of Indians, Spanish explorers, missionaries, rancheros, Davis’ Folly, Alonzo Horton’s New Town, and the coming of the navy and the aircraft industry to San Diego. All in all, it is a painless history lesson. Sixty-five black and white photographs illustrate the text. These are well chosen, representing both contemporary San Diego and the 19th century and are well-placed to complement the text.
DAVID J. WEBER
SAN DIEGO STATE COLLEGE