THE POOL PARTY by Gary Soto

THE POOL PARTY

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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Herreras are living in a Fresno, California, barrio when Tiffany Perez, one of the richest kids in school, invites Rudy Herrera to a pool party. His whole family helps him get ready: Grandfather (``El Shorty'') advises that a pool party is ``when a bunch of guys get together and shoot pool''; older sister Estela urges an improvement in manners lest Rudy embarrass the whole family; his father finds a huge inner tube to take along and tries to teach Rudy how to make small talk; but when the big day comes, the boy's main concern is having a good time. This Latino family has an exemplary warmth and dignity; no matter how often Grandfather tells the same stories, they listen politely; and they all pitch in when Father needs help with his gardening jobs. ``Work is honorable,'' Grandfather asserts as he shows hands ``rough as bark.'' Mexican-American colloquialisms sprinkled throughout the dialogue (and nicely defined by the context--no glossary this time) give it an authentic, playful tone. Engaging, gently humorous--with plenty of realistic full-page drawings and a jacket that's sure to attract readers. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-385-30890-6
Page count: 106pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993




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