Publisher description for Neighborhood odes / Gary Soto ; illustrated by David Diaz.

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From family pictures to piñatas, from the gato with a meow like a rusty latch to Fourth of July fireworks, the poet celebrates the startling and often overlooked moments that define childhood. “Affectionate without being overly sentimental, the collection provides a good introduction to contemporary poetry as well as a fine homage to a Chicano community.”--Publishers Weekly

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Hispanic Americans Juvenile poetry, Neighborhood Juvenile poetry, Children's poetry, American, Hispanic Americans Poetry, Neighborhood Poetry, American poetry