Manuel is walking to school thinking about the talent show. Why did he raise his hand? Manuel asked himself. But in his heart he knew the answer. He wanted applause as loud thunderstorm.
Benuy, and Manuel where practicing. Benny walked on to the stage, raised his trumpet to his mouth, and inhaled, and then blow so loud that Maunel dropped his record. Which rolled until it hit a wall. Manuel raced after it, picked it up, and wiped it clean. I'm glad it didn't break,'' he said.
Manuel was on stage, singing La Bamba. When the record got stuck saying the same words. Again, and agina. until it stoped, then he bow.
Gary Soto was born in Fresno, California on April 12th, 1952. His parents, like many other Mexican Americans, worked in San Joaquin Vally. These jobs included picking crops.