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Snapshots from the Wedding (Paperstar Book) Paperback – December 28, 1998

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Grade 2-5. Soto's picture book provides a glimpse into an American cultural tradition?a wedding with a Hispanic flair. Maya, the narrator, is a flower girl. Mariachi musicians provide the music, and for dinner the family and friends eat pollo con mole. There is a glossary for the handful of Spanish terms sprinkled throughout the text. Garcia's illustrations are wonderful. Sculpy clay figures are dressed up and carefully arranged in a wooden shadow box frame, and each page is set on a background of pastel with lace. Quirky tidbits sneak into the text and pictures?Tio Juan itches in his new shirt, Maya sticks black olives on her fingertips?these details give the narration the quality of childlike observation. The language at other times is quite sophisticated. Children who have been involved in a family wedding will easily draw comparisons to this story.?Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library,
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Ages 5^-8. There's nothing like a wedding, and this book about a wedding is not quite like any other. Soto takes readers to a Mexican American nuptial, and young Maya, the flower girl, is the lens through which the action is seen. All the fun of the event is here: the altar boy with the dirty sneakers under his gown, Maya putting pitted black olives on each of her fingers, the kids whacking one another with balloons. There are the more traditional moments as well--the wedding kiss, the wedding cake, and the toast to the bride and groom. The text's free verse could have been illustrated in many ways, but the choice of three-dimensional artwork was inspired. Created with Sculpy clay, acrylic paints, wood, ribbons, and flowers, the art is displayed in large boxes set against pages covered with lace. The doll-like members of the wedding are exaggerated just enough to be amusing; at times, just a body part or two are highlighted, as when Maya's feet are shown on top of her father's while they dance. Just like a wedding album, this will be looked at over and over. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Paperstar Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1 edition (December 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698117522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698117525
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Fresno, California to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto learned the hard work ethic through his share of chores, including mowing lawns, picking grapes, painting house numbers on street curbs, and washing cars. His hard work paid off at California State University at Fresno, from which he graduated with an English degree, and later at the University of California at Irvine, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award for International Poetry Forum in 1977 for his first published book of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose recollections. His short story collection Baseball in April, was named an American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults. In 1993 Gary Soto received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and in 1995 he was nominated for a National Book Award.His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Gary Soto is also one of the youngest poets to appear in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Several of his books have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.Too Many Tamales was named a Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choices of 1993. Hazel Rochman of Booklist said, "Gary Soto is an accomplished poet and adult writer, and his children's stories are widely popular. His first entry into the picture book genre is a joyful success."When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He also enjoys eating at new restaurants, which he does often with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter Mariko. Other members of the Soto household include their two cats, Corky and Sharkie. The Soto family resides in Berkeley, California.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Preston on December 30, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
Flower girl Maya tells the story of her cousin's wedding in vivid detail. She shares her often silly, but always observant tale of the event from a child's point of view. From the groom's broken arm to crying babies, she leaves little to the imagination.
Stephanie Garcia, illustrator of this 1998 Pura Belpre Award winner, uses a unique but effective approach by using photographs of three-dimensional picture boxes to convey the story. The boxes contain realistic clay figures and a collage of items from the wedding. The text and pictures are integrally tied, and the text often cleverly prompts the reader to look at something in the illustration.
This is such a fun book that it needs to be read several times to properly enjoy it. The writer is definitely in tune with a child's point of view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is based on a Mexican-American wedding, the theme is universal. A child narrates the book, telling about the events that take place at a wedding. The book exquisitly portrays a family clebration through a child's eyes. It is a happy, sweet book that anyone can enjoy.
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Format: Paperback
This book took me on a journey into a Mexican Wedding. Maya, the flower girl walks you through her family's wedding and the interesting things that went on that that day through her point of view. The illustrations by Stephanie Garcia are given in a clay form; I personally didn't care for them. The book has some Spanish words but you don't have to worry if you can't read it because Gary Soto did an awesome job of having their definitions in the front of the book. This is a good book to read during Hispanic Heritage month to learn Spanish words and little about the Mexican culture as well. It does make a reference to beer that did catch me off guard. I personally don't believe the reference of beer needed to be included in the book but, that is my opinion. Overall, it's an OK book that won the Pura Belpré which is an award given for books that represent Latino traditions and cultures in a positive way.
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By Djacob on November 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
A feel-good read for those who like weddings

This story takes the reader into the wedding as it happens. It can trigger memories that the reader may have from weddings that they have attended. Maya, the narrator and main character of the story, tells the story in a way so that the reader can easily visualize what she is describing.

Great illustrations that have a real-life feel to them. True Mexican traditional wedding.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book is an overall good portrait of a family celebration in any culture. The casual reference to beer and keg beer,however, are not acceptable for this age group. When we teach our children (in the drug awareness programs in schools) that alcohol is a drug and is bad, the message we send needs to be consistent. My daughter chose this book off of the shelf at the school library during the same week that they were promoting drug-free schools and really had trouble understanding why the people at the wedding would want to do "something bad for you". She will have plenty of time, in the years to come, to learn more about alcohol and all that it involves. She doesn't need the unsupervised exposure to it at this age.
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