The Dreamer is the story of the childhood of a famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, as told by author Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrator Peter Sis. The poet grew up as Neftali Reyes, a young boy who sees amazing beauty and rhythm in the world he observes around him. From insects, to trees, to lost shoes in the gutter, Neftali examines and imagines stories and poems that he must keep secret. His father demands that Neftali stop the "daydreaming" and work to become a businessman or doctor, just as he also stops Neftali's brother who yearns to sing. But through his supportive stepmother, younger sister, and an Uncle who edits a local newspaper that champions the rights of the native people of Chile, Neftali gains the courage to keep observing and creating. Eventually he is able to go to college where he first begins to publish his poetry as Pablo Neruda. Each chapter of this interesting and special story begins with three unique drawings that provide hints to the events to come and the reader is also exposed to Chilean food, history, and customs and many Spanish phrases. Grade 4-6.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.