Our family has built up our home library over the course of about 15 years, learning about what's good and what's great as we went along. So when my friend Sally blessed me with a D'aulaire title I had never seen, I was a bit giddy. After I read it to the kids, they were a bit excited, too.
It takes place in the Swiss Alps and follows Peterli and his grandfather through their daily lives. It includes connection-making references to William Tell, the Ice King, The Monastery of St. Bernard, cheese making, bears at Berne, cable cars and the Peace Palace, which turns out to be the Palace of Nations in Geneva. This made for an introduction to the United Nations. At one point there is an odd situation where Peterli learns that "The treasure lay in the tourist's pocket!" and we learn about how we can charge tourists to hike the magic meadow and make lots of money. (!)
Overall, a very delightful book with the outstanding illustrations the D'aulaires are famous for.