|aThe dreamer /|cby Pam Muñoz Ryan ; drawings by Peter Sís.
|aNew York :|bScholastic Press,|c2012.
|a372 p. :|bill. ;|c20 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 371)
|aA 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. Includes author's note about the poet.
|aPura Belpré Author Award, 2011.
|aNotable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011.
|aNeruda, Pablo,|d1904-1973|xChildhood and youth|vJuvenile fiction.
Pura Belpr Award WinnerA tender, transcendent, and meticulously crafted novel from Newbery Honoree, Pam Mu oz Ryan, and three-time Caldecott Honoree, Peter S s From the time he is a young boy, Neftal 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, Neftal 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.Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and transporting illustrations, Pam Mu oz Ryan and Peter S s take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination as they explore the inspiring early life of the poet who became Pablo Neruda.