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The Dreamer

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Other authors: Peter Sis (Illustrator)

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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.
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This book of poems celebrates Spanish heritage and finding the beauty in the small moments despite the world around you. I give it 4/5 stars for its celebration of how wonderful the world can be. It is necessary for a culturally responsive classroom library. ( )
  NJecmenek | Apr 7, 2020 |
""Free speech might get you into trouble.""
  AAAO | Jan 29, 2020 |
Lovely language like: "For a month, the clouds spilled. Mountains slid into valleys, houses wallowed in shallow lakes..." ( )
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. He listens and follows as it leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain on an inspiring voyage of self-discovery that will transform his life and, ultimately, the world. (Amazon)
  HeidiSki | Jul 9, 2019 |
This book is about a young boy named Neftali, who is constantly imagining and exploring the world around him. He faces struggles from his abusive father to his brother and the children at school who bully him. This book uses vivid imagery and onomatopoeias in order to create a picture and give sound to what the reader is reading. This would be an excellent tool to unite a class as well as teach certain elements of English in a way that they can see them. For all the reasons that I have listed and because this story was presented so beautifully by the author, I gave this book 5 stars. ( )
  sgg014 | Mar 16, 2019 |
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To my reader, this book is for you. Wander into the infinite space between soul and star. I am waiting for you there. ~ PMR To our family house Nerudova 19 Prague ~ PS
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On a continent of many songs, in a country shaped like the arm of a tall guitarrista, the rain drummed down on the town of Temuco.
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Curriculum Connection:  AASL Std. 4: Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. 

4.1.2 Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading.

Personal Connection:  to help students understand everyone has different dreams and goals for their life.  Listen to what your heart says and do it.
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