Neighborhood Odes

Neighborhood Odes

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152053642
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 326,859
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 .

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 Raspados1
Ode to La Tortilla4
Ode to the Sprinkler6
Ode to Senor Leal's Goat10
Ode to Mi Perrito14
Ode to Los Chicharrones17
Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes20
Ode to La Llorona23
Ode to Mi Parque26
Ode to Mi Gato30
Ode to My Library33
Ode to La Pinata37
Ode to a Day in the Country39
Ode to El Guitarron42
Ode to Fireworks46
Ode to Weight Lifting48
Ode to Weddings50
Ode to Pomegranates55
Ode to El Molcajete59
Ode to Family Photographs63
Ode to the Mayor64
Spanish Words and Phrases67

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"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

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miksmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.