Award-winning poet Gary Soto and Caldecott winner David Diaz turn their eyes on the world of kids. From family pictures to pinatas, from the gato with a meow like a rusty latch to Fourth of July fireworks, the startling and often overlooked moments that define childhood are vividly brought to life by these two acclaimed talents.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.26(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 .
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.
Table of Contents
|Ode to Los Raspados||1|
|Ode to La Tortilla||4|
|Ode to the Sprinkler||6|
|Ode to Senor Leal's Goat||10|
|Ode to Mi Perrito||14|
|Ode to Los Chicharrones||17|
|Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes||20|
|Ode to La Llorona||23|
|Ode to Mi Parque||26|
|Ode to Mi Gato||30|
|Ode to My Library||33|
|Ode to La Pinata||37|
|Ode to a Day in the Country||39|
|Ode to El Guitarron||42|
|Ode to Fireworks||46|
|Ode to Weight Lifting||48|
|Ode to Weddings||50|
|Ode to Pomegranates||55|
|Ode to El Molcajete||59|
|Ode to Family Photographs||63|
|Ode to the Mayor||64|
|Spanish Words and Phrases||67|
What People are Saying About This
"With humor, sensitivity, and insight, Soto explores the lives of children . . . David Diaz's contemporary black-and-white illustrations . . . effortlessly capture the varied moods . . . of this remarkable collection."The Horn Book
"Through Soto's keen eyes, [readers] see, and will be convinced, that there is poetry in everything . . . An expression of joy and wonder at life's daily pleasures and mysteries."
School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a small volume of short, delightful poems by master Latino writer Gary Soto. In turns exhuberant and thoughtful, Soto writes of common everyday things - his pets, fireworks, Sunday afternoons in the park - things we can all relate to, told in the simple language of a young boy growing up in an Hispanic neighborhood. Kids will see themselves reflected in these lively snapshots of Soto's childhood.