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The Skirt

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  132 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Miata has left the beautiful folklórico skirt her mother wore in Mexico on the bus. She was going to wear the skirt on Sunday when her dance group performed folklórico. Can Miata and her friend Ana rescue the precious skirt in time?
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Yearling (first published August 1st 1993)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What I really liked about this book was how, despite its brevity, the reader is able to quickly be drawn into the story. Miata and her friend Ana are such appealing characters. Miata has left her folklorico, her colorful dancing skirt, on the bus, and it's Saturday morning and she needs it to dance in on Sunday. How will she get it back by then? So much was made of the traditional Mexican dance that I wished the book had come with a video so I could see it! I also wish Gary Soto would write more ...more
(NS) Becca
Sep 29, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-cult-lit
Gary Soto wrote The Skirt, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, published by Yearling (1992).

This book is written about a hispanic little girl named Miata. She is very excited because in the coming weekend she will be participating in a dance group to perform a Folklorico. She knows her parents are going to be very proud of her. There is only one problem; she left her beatutiful dress on the bus. The book desribes the trouble Miata goes through to rescue her folklorico dress from the bus over the wee
This book is about a girl named Miata.She has a friend named Ana.THey are good friends.One day they were on the bus and Miata and Ana were on the bus and Miata took her skirt to school.she did not ask her mother and when she took it to school she left it on the bus becaues some boys were messing with her on the bus.Her and Ana here trying to egnor them and they turned there backs on them and stuck there head in the window to eat some animal crackers.When she got off the bus she forgot her skirt ...more
Casey Brady
Nov 19, 2011 Casey Brady rated it liked it
The Skirt, written by Gary Soto, is a realistic fiction book for children that takes place in the San Joaquin Valley. Miata is riding a bus and due to some boys' teasing, she forgets her skirt on the bus. The skirt was meant for her dance recital over the weekend. Miata is very worried about telling her mother about what happens so she decides to keep it a secret.Knowing that she need to get the skirt back, Miata and her friend Ana decide to break into the parking lot for the buses and get the s ...more
Kyra Wonders
This book is about a girl named Miata who left her dancing skirt on her school bus on Friday, it belonged to her mother when she was younger. Afraid to tell her mother she keeps quite, she creates a plan to get her skirt back by breaking into the buses and taking her skirt back. Close to getting caught, she runs backs home only to find her mother had bought her a new skirt. She wore both to dance, which I thought was a nice ending to the book. It would be a good book for younger students to read ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Meg rated it really liked it
I liked this early chapter book a lot. There was enough narrative tension to keep you wondering what would happen, but it was resolved in a nice slow denouement with a beautiful twist. (These days it seems like much kids' and YA literature always has to have a giant over-the-top climax with like 1 page of denouement.) The pacing felt very real-life. I liked that the main character reflected about her character traits and flaws (always losing stuff) but it didn't turn into a moralizing lesson or ...more
Aug 25, 2009 Bernadette rated it liked it
An easy and fun read! Soto weaves Mexican American culture in to a story any child can relate to – losing something important and going on an adventure to find it. But by having the protagonist be Mexican American and losing something of cultural value, Soto gives Hispanic students a chance to see themselves in a positive light in literature. Soto uses Spanish phrases throughout the book and describes other cultural markers such as when Ana's grandmother answers the phone and speaks in Spanish. ...more
This book [THE SKIRT:] was mainley about a girl on one Friday evening, who happened to leve her skirt on the school bus.This skirt wasn't just any skirt,this was a very special skirt to Miata and her family.So on Saterday morning,Miata and some of her friends [Rewdalfo and Ana:] went to the bus yard to get Miata's skirt.When they got the skirt,Miata,Rewdalfo and Ana,went threre seperit ways home.When Miata got home,her mom told her that she had a surprise for her.Then Miata's mom slowly reached ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Gale rated it it was ok

Fourth-grader Miata learns the importance of friendship and the need to act responsibly when she realizes that she accidentally left her mother's prized folkloric skirt on the school bus. Since she needs to wear it for Sunday performance she sets out to break into the parked bus--encountering various moral and legal dilemmmas. Gradually she realizes what a tangled web she has needlesly woven--from the moment she chose to deceive adults, instead of requesting their
Kayla Strand
This book is about a girl named Miata who left her dancing skirt on her school bus on Friday, it belonged to her mother when she was younger. Desperate to find it she calls her friend Ana’, who is dancing with her on Sunday, to see if she had picked it up for her but Ana’ told her she did not have it. Afraid to tell her mother she keeps quite, she creates a plan to get her skirt back by breaking into the buses and taking her skirt back. Close to getting caught, she runs backs home only to find h ...more
Sep 27, 2010 zabarj rated it liked it
Guided Reading Level: N
Summary:Miata has left the beautiful folkloric skirt her mother wore in Mexico on the bus. She was going to wear the skirt on Sunday when her dance group performed.

My Take: This is a good book for students in two different ways: the reading level and the content. Students develop a better understanding for another culture and an item that some may value. The skirt is an object used to show how a young Mexican girl is involved in her community and her culture. She loses th
Have you ever lost something really important, and you don't know what to do? That is what 10-year old Miata is experiencing when she loses her mother's dancing skirt, just two days before she's suppposed to wear it herself!
Apr 08, 2016 Shary rated it really liked it
The very first book that sparked my love of reading
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Ashley Teagle
Dec 23, 2012 Ashley Teagle rated it liked it
I would recommend this book to a third or fourth grader. I liked the cultural references but not every Spanish term was explained within the text. For that reason, I would say it would be a good book to recommend to Spanish speakers or to a child who in addition to this novel may be reading other nonfiction about Mexican food and culture to supplement the book. I think it was a good book about an elementary school child dealing with an age appropriate concern. The overall tone of this book is li ...more
Stephanie Torres
When i first started reading this book i thought it would be a good book and it was easy and i thought we were going to have a great time reading , but then when i kept on reading the book it got so boring and i didnt like it at all. This book is so horrible and i dont like it because it doesnt get to the point. Our class mates didnt understand what was the book about and i didnt either. I think that the author should of included more details and should of included funny parts and more.
Lauren Barone
This book is about a Mexican-American girl who leaves her mothers special skirt on her bus. She then needs to undergo a journey with a friend of hers in order to get the skirt back. She wants to wear it do to a special dance and cannot wear it unless she retrieves it back. I would use this book to demonstrate the importance of the skirt to children in my class and the values of those of other cultures.
Stephanie Davis
Nov 29, 2013 Stephanie Davis rated it really liked it
The main character, Miata, leaves a skirt that has been passed down from her mother on a bus. Miata needs to get the skirt back because she wants to wear it while performing with her dance group. I would use this book to show children that a family can be a representation of two different cultures because of the Mexican-American family in this story.
Feb 03, 2011 Jeremy rated it did not like it
I have to apologize to my seventh grade class for choosing this book to read as a group. Usually Gary Soto books are pretty good ("Living Up the Street" was a good read), but this is horrible. Not only is it boring, but it's hard to remember what happened and what the point of the story is. Fortunately, it is a short book and we will be finished soon.
Feb 06, 2011 Madelin rated it it was ok
When I Read the First 2 Pages with my Class Mates I Thought it would be a good book , But then i got Completely Lost. I Think this book is too easy. The only thing i liked about it was that it had Some spanish words. I Dont Recommend This book to anybody Because it is really Boring i would give it a 1 out of 5.
Nigel bennett
Feb 03, 2011 Nigel bennett rated it did not like it
i didn't really like this book . i think this book was to short and it was real boring. when my teacher read this book another day after reading it two days earlier i couldn't follow what was going on . i dont recommend people to read this book. i would give it a 2/out of 5.
Jun 14, 2010 McKell rated it liked it
Shelves: engl-420
This is a cute story of a girl who leaves her festival skirt on the bus and has to retrieve it before her mother finds out. It is not a complex story and it's really short (about 70ish pages, I think). It is a good story for younger readers.
Megan Anderson
Cute. Not amazing, but cute. It'd be good for a lower-level reader, since it's not actually "baby-ish," just an easy read. It isn't long, either, which would appeal to someone who struggles with reading.

3/5 on here, 6/10 for myself.
Tyrik Rowe
Feb 10, 2011 Tyrik Rowe rated it did not like it
This book was so boring i was keep on falling asleep. This book was the wackes book i every read in my entire life. I'm sorry for my brain,my eye,and myself for reading this boring and wackes book ever.
Jan 25, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Skirt
Soto, Gary
the story of a young girl looking forward her weekend learns that her adventure to recover her mothers dance skirt was more than she bargined for...
Kate acevedo
Feb 04, 2011 Kate acevedo rated it did not like it
this book is about a girl that lost her skirt and sneakes in a parking lot where they have alots of school buses and trys to get her skirt back without getting cault
Sep 08, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Some of Gary Soto's earlier writing.. seemed quite stiff to me. Not too exciting a story arc. Nice depiction of a Mexican-American family, though.
Mar 10, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I love it when kids get away with the childish things in life.
Jul 04, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
Good story of actions and consequences. VERY YOUNG.
Dec 07, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It is action packed and funny!
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Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

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