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Canto familiar

by Gary Soto

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The poems feature different subjects like menudo, a cactus plant, and tortillas. Culture and diversity were present throughout the book as it is based on the Mexican culture.
  kathleenkarakey | May 14, 2017 |
Canto familiar is a collection of poems about different common tasks and places, accompanied by some beautiful illustrations that emphasize line. This book celebrates both Spanish and English, in language and culture. I like this book because of its unique poems and colorful illustrations, and would want to use it in my teaching because I think it is an interesting and less common form of poetry. I think Canto familiar is suitable for children in Grades K-4 and could be taught with themes on exploring different cultures, music, and poetry.
  MadeleinePemberton | Dec 10, 2013 |
Eating While Reading

What is better
Than this book
And the churn of candy
In your mouth,
Or the balloon of bubble gum,
Or the crack of sunflower seeds,
Or the swig of soda,
Or the twist of beef jerky,
Or the slow slither
Of snow cone syrup
Running down your arms?

What is better than
This sweet dance
On the tongue,
And this book
That pulls you in?
It yells, “Over here!”
And you hurry along
With a red, sticky face.

This is a good simple poem that tries to get students to enjoy the simplicity of eating candy and reading a good book. It is a poem with great repetition and rich sense of visual imagery. I think kids would respond well to this poem and it could be a great to read as a part of a lesson's anticipatory set (perhaps to a halloween themed lesson where students must write creatively about candy?). ( )
  brandonachey | Nov 3, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152000674, Hardcover)

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.”--Booklist
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Poetry)

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Twenty-five poems about the pleasures and woes that Mexican American children experience growing up.

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