At the beginning of the story, Manuel was walking to school worried and a little mad at himself for volunteering for the talent show. During lunch Manuel hung out by Benny who was playing the trumpet for the talent show. He asked him how he looked lip sinking and Benny said it would be a little better if he also danced. After school they had a rehearsal and the record player got jammed but Mr. Roybal said he would find one that worked.
During the middle of the story, Manuel was worried that he would mess up during the performance but he fell asleep confident. The day whizzed by for Manuel and it was time for the performance. The principle introduced himself to the crowed and the acts started.
At the end of the story, it was his turn to go on the stage. He walked out at the record played and Manuel started lip singing. He stared doing his dance moves and lip singing and people just looked at him like he was a monkey at a zoo. The record got stuck but he kept on singing. He eventually stopped and the crowed busted into applause, everybody thought he was so funny.
In 1976 Gary Soto became the first Mexican-American to win the M.F.A or Master of Fine Arts. Gary Soto was also nominated for the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for The Tale of Sunlight - a poetry collection. Gary Soto Was born on April 12, 1952 in Fresno, California. He has one daughter named Mariko Heidi Soto.