Poetry for Younger Readers
A Fire in My Hands
Harcourt, hardbound, $16.00
A collection of thirty-five poems with a Q & A about writing poetry and the life of a poet. This is a revised and expanded version of a book of the same title published in 1990 and contains Soto's popular "Oranges."
Everyone can enjoy these poems, including "Tortillas Like Africa."
Who could imagine that such joyous rhythm could be found in the familiar moments of life, such as washing dishes or spotting a teacher in the market?...Read it, sing it, share it." School Library
Harcourt, paper, $6.00
Poetry set in a Chicano neighborhood.
"With humor, sensitivity, and insight, Soto explores the lives of children.... The poems, such as 'Ode to a Day in the Country,' offer startlirg new ways of thinking about common things..." The Horn Book, starred review
"Although Soto is dealing with a Chicano neighborhood, the poetry has a universal appeal." School Library Journal, starred review
"These heartfelt poems are just right to introduce...young readers to the special joys and vivid imageries of poetry." Multicultural Review, starred review
Poems of love and longing
Harcourt, hardcover, $16.00
Timeless romantic poems for middle grades. Girls speak their hearts, and boys speak theirs too.
Putnam, hardbound, $15.00
For Fernie and his best friend, the fun begins when they are babies who crawl across the lawn towards each other, away from parents' watchful eyes. And once they find each other, they are inseparable. These original poems will spark recognition in all middle-schoolers who've gone through the humiliations of sport try-outs and first dances; who've had to deal with body images and swinging moods.
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