Manuel was walking to school one morning and thought "why did i raise my hand for the talent show?" He wanted the spotlight and applause. He also wanted to impress people.
Manuel stood behind the stage mouthing the words to La Bamba. While the first grade girls were finishing the jump rope routine, Mr. Roybal asked if he was ready. He was and started to sing. But the record got stuck on a verse so he was saying it over and over and over.
When Manuel got home his father asked the song stayed on the same words. He said it just happend. Manuel went to bed felling happy. Next year when they asked for volunteers, he raise his hand. Probably.
Gary Soto was born on April 12, 1952. To Manuel and Angie Soto. He took an intrest in poetry in high school.