Friday, September 21, 2012

Lucky Luis by Gary Soto - OPTIONAL

Soto, Gary  Lucky Luis  Illustrated by Rhode Montijo G.P Putnam’s Sons, 2012. PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.  

Luis’ is excited to try out for a baseball team and before tryouts his dad sits him down and talks about his old baseball memories.  Luis’ dad told Luis about his superstition of moving his belt buckle to the side so that he would play well.  Luis’ mother stops at the grocery store on the way to the baseball field and Luis gets a sample, and then plays very well at the tryouts.  He continues this ritual for a couple of days and is convinced that eating samples at the grocery store is making him lucky.  When he doesn’t make a stop at the grocery store before a game he starts to doubt his abilities.  When it comes down to the big game, his dad explains that they are just superstitions and if he listens to the coach he will play fine.  Luis listens to his dad and Luis hits the game winning hit.  

The illustrations aren’t great, but the message of playing sports well by listening to the coach and not getting superstitious might help kids with their fears on the field. El (K-3)-OPTIONAL.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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