Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Poet of the People: Pablo Neruda
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Dreamer is a biographical fiction about a boy named Neftali who loves to dream, collect things, and write, and hopes to become a poet one day. Neftali Reyes is a famous Chilean poet who goes by the pen name of Pablo Neruda. He wrote under his pen name because his Father disapproved of Neftali's career as a poet.
"Is fire born of words?
Or are words born of fire?"
I find the pointillism illustrations by Peter Sis very unique and symbolic to the story. My favourite part of the story is when Neftali finally gains the courage inside to realize that his Father is wrong - he is not "absent-minded" and not going to "amount to nothing".
This is the second book I've read by Pam Munoz Ryan after Riding Freedom. I'm looking forward to reading another book by the same author, Paint the Wind.