Gary Soto

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Gary Soto

Soto has many books that can be read by children of all ages. Here are a few titles availabe:. .*The Cat's Meow- A family's cat learns Spanish! Ages 7-11*Baseball in April, Facts of Life, or Local News. Ages 10-14*Living up the Street, A Summer Life, or Novio Boy, A Play. These are for young adults.

Children Books

The video above is from an interview with Gary Soto. The video on the right is one that a fan made using Soto's poem, Oranges, and Legos! Soto posted this video to his website to show support of it.For educational resources visit:Read, Write, ThinkGary Soto Website Scholastic

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Soto's books depict what life is like growing up as a Latino in the United States. His books often talk about cutlure and traditions his family practiced. Although his books are ficitonal there are many aspects that are based on true stories. He writes a lot about being a Mexican-American and includes some Spanish terms in the books. Soto is also a huge advocate for reading among youth! He mentioned that he did not like reading as a kid and never dreamed of being a writer but that turned around one day while reading. Soto has opened up a museum with memoribilia of his writings, typewriters, and childhood articles. He opened up this museum in his hometown at the Fresno Community College, where he got his educational start. Soto used to travel around visiting schools (I met him at my Uncle's book store!) but has given up traveling. He highly encourages students and teachers to handwrite letters to him! He often responds. Soto's mailing address is located on his website. Soto is a great example of a Latino who is making a difference in California and around the U.S. His books have exposed people to what life is like growing up Latino in the U.S. They are lighthearted and keep you reading. In Living Up the Street, Soto brings light to the differences of Mexicans and Anglos. For example, Soto describes how he entered his younger brother in a playground beauty competition. Soto highlights the "beauty" of the Anglo children who had blonde hair and light skin. He also writes how he was called a "dirty Mexican" growing up. In another novel, the character tries telling his family to wear shoes to dinner so white people would like them more. These scenes, along with many more, would be great discussion topics in the classroom. Soto has done a great job at discussing the topic of Mexcian life compared to Anglo life. He does so with funny moments so these books are not too heavy. I highly encourage picking up Living up the Street! It is one of my favorites.

Why Soto?

CHARACTERS

-Born in 1952-Raised in Fresno, California-1999 recieved Hispanic Hertiage Foundation award and Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from National Education Association.

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Gary Soto

Visit Gary's website!Information from his website was used on this page.http://www.garysoto.com/index.html


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