The Dreamer

By Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis; Scholastic Press, 2010; pp 371

Plot: A fictional retelling of poet Pablo Neruda’s childhood, who as a young boy suffered from stuttering and an authoritarian father who saw only flaws and weakness in his son. The loutish patriach did not suffer physical weakness, another flaw of the young poet. The father crushes  illtellectual or artistic pursuits. Young Neruda, his head in the clouds, sees beauty and poetry in every inanimate and animate object. H

Ages: 9 to 12

Review: Gorgeous. This book is a beautiful paen that cascades off the page, veers over cliffs, and carries readers like a zephyr. Text, rhythm, and illustrations are one.

Awards: ALA Notable Book

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