Touching, vibrant, and humorous, this lively collection of poems accompanied by beautiful illustrations celebrates childhood and the Mexican American experience. “Invoking ordinary domestic and community incidents, it’s a fine introduction not only to poetry but to Chicano culture. Nelson debuts with scenes—homey, comfortable, bright—that make the book even more accessible.”—Kirkus Reviews This is a collection to read aloud and get kids writing about themselves.”—BooklistThis title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Poetry)
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.28(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Gary Soto's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at www.garysoto.com.
What People are Saying About This
[star] "A harmony of words and pictures to be anticipated and savored . . . Read it, sing it, share it."School Library Journal"Humorous, tender . . . A fine introduction not only to poetry but to Chicano culture."Kirkus Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This poetry collection by Gary Soto is intended for grades 3-7. Written as a companion to Neighborhood Odes, Soto visualizes the world of this Mexican-American neighborhood through the eyes of that young child he once was, and takes us along with him through his actions and into the innermost thoughts. Along with the outstanding illustrations, the body's senses are heightened to the point where Papi's menudo can be smelled cooking on the stove. Even though Soto incorporated Spanish into the text, it goes nearly unnoticed as the poems¿ message would be understood written in any language. Beautifully written, Canto Familiar comes to life through song and bounces off the pages in rhythm like it were an actual piece of sheet music being played.