Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Dreamer - Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Pages:  384
Source:  Purchased
Genre:  Middle Grade Biography

This is the story of Neftali Reyes Known to the world as thepoet Pablo Neruda.  As a young boy, Neftali's mind wandered and he questioned everything around him.  His domineering father considered him "absentminded", "dim-witted", and "idiot"  He dictated what he expected his sons to become.  Somehow Neftali finds his own way.  As he grows older he takes on, through his writing the cause of the Mapuche people.  The Indigenous people of Chile.  The words flow throughout this book creating an image in the mind that is enhanced  by the drawings by Pepter Sis.  This is a book that you not only read, you feel it.

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