The Skirt

The Skirt

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by Gary Soto, Eric Velasquez
     
 

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Miata has left the beautiful folkl¾rico skirt her mother wore in Mexico on the bus. She was going to wear the skirt on Sunday when her dance group performed folkl¾rico. Can Miata and her friend Ana rescue the precious skirt in time? A warm-hearted story about a contemporary Mexican-American family.

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Miata has left the beautiful folkl¾rico skirt her mother wore in Mexico on the bus. She was going to wear the skirt on Sunday when her dance group performed folkl¾rico. Can Miata and her friend Ana rescue the precious skirt in time? A warm-hearted story about a contemporary Mexican-American family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Described by PW as a ``spunky and imaginative'' heroine, Miata comes up with a clever plan to retrieve her beloved folklorico dance skirt. Ages 7-10. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Miata Ramirez has a problem that will strike a chord with many children: she forgets things. This particular Friday afternoon, she has left her folkl orico skirt on the school bus, and she is supposed to dance in it on Sunday. She sees no alternative but to break into the bus and retrieve it. So, dragging along her shy friend, Ana, that is exactly what she does. This is a light, engaging narrative that successfully combines information on Hispanic culture with familiar and recognizable childhood themes. The San Joaquin Valley, California, setting is realistically drawn, and the closeness of Miata's family is reassuring. A fine read-aloud and discussion starter, this story blends cultural differences with human similarities to create both interest and understanding. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent,
Carolyn Phelan
Frequently scolded for losing things, fourth-grader Miata Ramires can't bear to tell her parents that she's left her treasured "folklorico" skirt on the Friday afternoon school bus. Mom wore the skirt as a child in Mexico and now looks forward to watching Miata wear it when her dance troupe performs in the church courtyard on Sunday. With help from an old friend and an old enemy, Miata breaks into the bus yard, retrieves the skirt, and wears it in her performance. A good beginning chapter book, this uses simple words without sounding too simplistic. Velasquez's eight drawings break up the text, heighten the drama, and provide sympathetic portrayals of the characters.
From the Publisher
“Light, easy reading . . . offering readers a cast and situations with which to identify, whatever their own ethnic origins.”—The Bulletin

“A light, engaging narrative that successfully combines information on Hispanic culture with familiar and recognizable childhood themes.”
—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385306652
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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