The Journal of San Diego History
Fall 1985, Volume 31, Number 4
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor

Book Notes

Raymond Starr, Book Review Editor

Volcan Valley. By Paul Frederick Wolff. San Diego: H. Paul Publishing Company, Inc. 1983. Map. Illustrations. 93 Pages. $12.95.

Native San Diegan Paul Frederick Wolff spent four years during the 1930s teaching on the Santa Ysabel Reservation in the San Diego backcountry. Drawing upon those years and acquaintances he made there, Wolff has writ-ten a fictional piece based on the experiences of a family in Volcon Valley in the 1930s. The story focuses on fourteen year old Pablo Osuna and follows him through many adventures which give Wolff an opportunity to tell about daily life in that particular place and time. He discusses such topics as making edible flour from acorns, roundups, brush fires, and fiestas. This book is an excellent way to introduce young readers to a part of San Diego’s heritage.