She is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. She attentded the University of Kansas in Lawrence where she studied science.
Read the following two stories by Sandra Cisneros. Then discuss the questions for Barbie-Q with a partner and post a comment on the blog answering the questions you can cut and paste them.
Think about the "chapters of your life" by filling out high and low points, dreams, and things you do daily on the handout. What people have been significant in your life?
Can you write vignettes about them? Continue to work on your vignette. And you are—underneath the year that makes you eleven. Because the way you grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings inside a tree trunk or like my little wooden dolls that fit one inside the other, each year inside the next one.
It takes a few days, weeks even, sometimes even months before you say Eleven when they ask you. Price put the red sweater on my desk. Price says, and she holds the red sweater up in the air for all the class to see. Price keeps saying, but nobody can remember.
Price takes the sweater and puts it right on my desk, but when I open my mouth nothing comes out. Not mine, not mine, not mine, but Mrs.
Price is already turning to page thirty-two, and math problem number four. Mama is making a cake for me for tonight, and when Papa comes home everybody will sing Happy birthday, happy birthday to you. I move the red sweater to the corner of my desk with my ruler.
I move my pencil and books and eraser as far from it as possible. I even move my chair a little to the right. Not mine, not mine, not mine. Except when math period ends Mrs. I put my head down on the desk and bury my face in my stupid clown-sweater arms.
But the worst part is right before the bell rings for lunch. That stupid Phyllis Lopez, who is even dumber than Sylvia Saldivar, says she remembers the red sweater is hers! I take it off right away and give it to her, only Mrs.
I wish I was anything but eleven, because I want today to be far away already, far away like a runaway balloon, like a tiny o in the sky, so tiny-tiny you have to close your eyes to see it. Striped swimsuit, stilettos, sunglasses, and gold hoop earrings.
Mine is the one with bubble hair. Red swimsuit, stilettos, pearl earrings, and a wire stand. From so much dressing and undressing, the black glitter wears off where her titties stick out.
This and a dress invented from an old sock when we cut holes here and here and here, the cuff rolled over for the glamorous, fancy-free, off-the-shoulder look. Every time the same story. Then the two Barbies fight. We have to make do with your mean-eyed Barbie and my bubblehead Barbie and our one outfit apiece not including the sock dress.
Until next Sunday when we are walking through the flea market on Maxwell Street and there! Lying on the street next to some tool bits, and platform shoes with the heels all squashed, and a fluorescent green wicker wastebasket, and aluminum foil, and hubcaps, and a pink shag rug, and windshield wiper blades, and dusty mason jars, and a coffee can full of rusty nails.
Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, until they say okay.
On the outside you and me skipping and humming but inside we are doing loopity-loops and pirouetting. Everybody today selling toys, all of them damaged with water and smelling of smoke. Because a big toy warehouse on Halsted Street burned down yesterday—see there?
And now there is a big fire sale at Maxwell Street, today only. So what if our Barbies smell like smoke when you hold them up to your nose even after you wash and wash and wash them. What does she offer the two girls in the story? Do you believe that Cisneros has some feminist concerns in Barbie-Q?
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