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Styling Librarian: Special Book Feature: Neighborhood Odes

Every once in a while a special book comes my way and I want to celebrate it… here’s one I couldn’t resist featuring:

Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto, illustrated by David Diaz – Poetry – This felt like a novel in verse following life in a Mexican-American neighborhood that’s full of joy, love, simple views of life and more. Just a wonderful book. I took my time reading this one because I wanted to treasure every word. From “Ode to my Library”:
It’s small
With two rooms
Of books, a globe,
That I once
Dropped, some maps
Of the United States and Mexico,
And a fish tank with
A blue fish that
Is always making jeta,
There are tables and chairs,
And a pencil sharpener
On the wall: a crayon is stuck
In it, but I didn’t do it….


Goodreads Summary: “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 gatowith 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.”

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4 comments on “Styling Librarian: Special Book Feature: Neighborhood Odes

  1. Adrienne
    September 29, 2015

    I love Gary Soto. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Wendy
    September 29, 2015

    Love this book. I’ve had ELD classes write their own odes several times, and twice we even did our own cut paper art to accompany our odes.

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