The Old Man and His Door by Gary Soto

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Failing to pay attention to his wife's instructions to bring el puerco, the main dish, to his neighbor's barbecue, an elderly gardener brings instead la puerca, a door, with educational results.
 

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. Joe?Cepeda is the illustrator of many awarding-winning picture books?including "Peeny Butter Fudge" by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, "What a Truly Cool World "by Julius Lester, a?"Family Life" Magazine Top 10 Best Books of the Year, a "Family Fun" Critic's Choice, and?BCCB Blue Ribbon Book", Mice and Beans "by Pam Mu?oz Ryan, and "Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey" by Joy Cowley which was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Cepeda received the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from The George G. Stone Center for Children's Books. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Times; Buzz, Inc. Magazine; and Latina Magazine.
 
Published April 16, 1996 by Putnam Juvenile.
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Trudging through the village streets with his front door strapped to his back, he finds a host of creative uses for the bizarre potluck offering: He provides a resting place for a goose, helps move a piano, and saves a boy from drowning.

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Trudging through the village streets with his front door strapped to his back, he finds a host of creative uses for the bizarre potluck offering: He provides a resting place for a goose, helps move a piano, and saves a boy from drowning.

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A Mexican ditty inspired this buoyant caper about an elderly man who grows ""the hottest of hot chiles"" and raises pigs ""as plump as water balloons,"" but who is not very adept at listening to his wife.

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