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A Summer Life

ISBN13: 9780440210245
ISBN: 0440210240
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $6.99
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Published Date:
Pages: 160
Average Goodreads rating: 3.42/5 (194 ratings)

Gary Soto writes that when he was five "what I knew best was at ground level." In this lively collection of short essays, Soto takes his reader to a ground-level perspective, resreating in vivid detail the sights, sounds, smells, and textures he knew growing up in his Fresno, California, neighborhood. The "things" of his boyhood tie it all together: his Buddha "splotched with gold, " the taps of his shoes and the "engines of sparks that lived beneath my soles, " his worn tennies smelling of "summer grass, asphalt, the moist sock breathing the defeat of basesall." The child's world is made up of small things--small, very important things.