Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan



"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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Summary: 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.

Drawings by Peter Sis.

Scholastic Press; 372 pages

6 comments:

DaNae said...

There is not a thing wrong with this book. I is lovely and perfect in every way from the lyrical writing to the stunning illustrations. I just don't know a single kid who is looking for it.

Laura said...

I'm a kid (10 years old) I read it and I think kids who are into poetry would like it!

Jill said...

I think I will have to give this one another try later this year. I have heard nothing but praise for this book, but had a hard time getting into it and keeping with it while I read it. I can't place a finger on the exact reason I didn't find this book exceptional, I just thought it was "ok".

Richie Partington said...

http://richiespicks.pbworks.com/THE-DREAMER

Jewel said...

I would have to echo DaNae's comments. Fine book but only a very few children would seek this one out.

Martha said...

I agree with Jill's comment. i thought the narrator was whiny and gave up after the second chapter. Maybe it gets better later on, but I don't think kids will stick around long enough to read it - I didn't.