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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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The chapter book "The Dreamer", we find out that Neftali is his father's disappointment and he is overall not like other children. He is painfully shy and very frail, he spends most of his time being alone. Neftali finds beauty by wondering everywhere he goes. He loves the natural world. His father wants him to go to a doctor but Neftli thinks different, he prevails against his fathers cruelty and his own crippling shyness to soon become one of the worlds most widely read poets, known as Pablo Nerda. Introducing this amazing chapter book to the classroom, will give the students a realization for being who they want to be in life, along with seeing poetry, hearing sounds and expressing emotions. This book will overall have a strong impact on the young minds. ( )
  mas188 | Apr 28, 2021 |
Neftali is a young boy that finds beauty in everything in his life and has a wonderful imagination which he expresses by writing poetry. His story of facing the strict and demanding nature of his father as he pushes him to stop his creativity and toughen up, only motivates him to continue pursuing his passion and fight for what he believes in. Truly an inspiring read about chasing dreams and hope that many will love, despite its ending not being entirely satisfying. I would definitely recommend this book for an English class as a basic introduction to poetry and its charm. ( )
  bkmartinez | Nov 18, 2020 |
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 |
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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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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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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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