If the Shoe Fits by Gary Soto

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Rigo doesn't like being the youngest brother. He always has to wear his big brothers' hand-me-downs. Plus, his brothers-Hector, Manuel, and Carlos-always seem to lose buttons, rip holes, and wear the clothes out before they get to Rigo! But Rigo's luck changes on his birthday when his mom gives him a pair of shoes. He loves them for their shine and style, but most of all he loves them because they are brand-new. After he outgrows the shoes, and trades them to his uncle for old Mexican centavos, Rigo learns that some hand-me-downs are better than brand-new.
 

About Gary Soto

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Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, and raised in Fresno California. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College, graduating in 1974 with an English degree. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the U.S. Award of the International Poetry Forum, The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award twice, a Recogniton of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School for Baseball in April, the Silver Medal from The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Tomás Rivera Prize, in addition to fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts twice, and the California Arts Council. For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. Soto wrote the libretto for an opera titled Nerd-landia for the The Los Angeles Opera. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of America. Soto is the author of ten poetry collections for adults, with New and Selected Poems a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His recollections Living Up the Street received a Before Columbus Foundation 1985 American Book Award. Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man" (a "Boston Globbooks include "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man" (a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and "The Bae-Horn Book" Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and "The Babe & I" (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), be & I" (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), both by David A. Adler, and "Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story iboth by David A. Adler, and "Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings" (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deboran Nine Innings" (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deborah Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, h Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, Texas. Texas.
 
Published February 18, 2002 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But when a neighborhood tough makes fun of Rigo's fancy footwear, Rigo hides the loafers away.

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