The Dreamer

Ryan, Pam Muñoz

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dreamer
A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0439269709
Branch Call Number: J RYAN
Characteristics: 372 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Sís, Peter 1949-


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May 12, 2012

this book was really good!!!! i would read it over and over again

Aug 18, 2011
  • Blackjack_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The illustrations, the green font and spacing of the text complement the text and make this book beautiful to read. This fictional biography is based on the life of Pablo Neruda, one of the world’s most widely read poets. Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Wonderful!

Jun 04, 2011

A poem is a perfect package of carefully selected words chosen to present a very particular moment or idea. This novel is a poem with characters and vignettes drawn to deliver the story of one shy little boy who grew to become the world-famous poet, Pablo Neruda. The story depicts essential moments in time as we see Naftali (Neruda’s birth name)growing up in the family of a bullying and intolerant father, a meek mother, and siblings who have artistic gifts but may be forced to hide them.The Dreamer, a novel of ideas and feelings, is illustrated with tiny pointillist drawings by Peter Sis which beautifully illuminate the ideas presented in each chapter. One need not be a fan of Neruda, nor really ever even heard of the poet to enjoy The Dreamer, a novel which stands on its own as witness to a young boy who grows to value his own voice and follow his own dream. Munoz Ryan has begun each chapter with an open ended question encouraging Naftali to identify his feelings and to honor his sense of wonder.


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Jun 29, 2012
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May 12, 2012

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May 11, 2011
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