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The Dreamer

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ISBN13: 9780439269704
ISBN10: 0439269709
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Awards

2011 Pura Belpré Award for Author

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí 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, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. Under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, he listens and he follows...

Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

Review:

"The neat squares of Sis's meticulously stippled illustrations...complement and deepen the lyrical quality of the book.... This book has all the feel of a classic, elegant and measured, but deeply rewarding and eminently readable. (Starred Review)" Booklist

Review:

"Ryan's fictional evocation of the boy who would become Pablo Neruda is rich, resonant and enchanting....The illustrator's trademark drawings deliver a feeling of boundless thought and imagination....[A] splendid, beautifully presented work." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Conflicts, injustice, and a promised future make the story compelling.... [P]aths beckon and exquisite details reflect the dreamer's maturing imagination, clothing this masterful tribute in art that fits it as ineluctably as Neruda's new name suited his purpose." Horn Book

Review:

"This is a striking, loving portrait, which does justice to Neruda's life and also stands as an accomplished work of art in its own right." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Synopsis:

This moving story about the birth of an artist is also a celebration of childhood, imagination, and the strength of the creative spirit. Ryan weaves sound poems and thought-provoking questions into her exquisitely crafted prose while Ss's delicate drawings transport readers to the lushness of the Chilean rainforest. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí 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, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. Under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, he listens and he follows. . . Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

 

PRAISE FOR PAM MUNOZ RYAN:

"Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style....Ryan fluidly juxtaposes world events with one family's will to survive."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, ESPERANZA RISING

 

"Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support." --Booklist, ESPERANZA RISING

 

"Ebullient and tautly structured....With a pacing that moves along at a gallop, this is a skillful execution of a fascinating historical tale."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, RIDING FREEDOM

 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS FOR ESPERANZA RISING:

-Willa Cather Award

-Americas Award Honor Book

-Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

-NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

-Smithsonian Notable Book

-Children's Literature Choice List

-Notable Books for a Global Society

-Jefferson Cup Award - Worthy of note

-Judy Goddard AZ Young Adult Author of the Year Award

-Judy Lopez Memorial Award

 

AWARDS AND HONORS FOR RIDING FREEDOM:

-California Young Reader Medal winner (Intermediate Category)

-IRA Teacher's Choice

-Parenting Magazine "Reading Magic" Award winner

-Recognition of Merit for a First Novel Award - Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People

About the Author

Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker with more than twenty books to his credit. His picture book THE WALL: GROWING UP BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN was a 2007 Caldecott Honor Book, and STARRY MESSENGER: GALILEO GALILEI and TIBET THROUGH THE RED BOX were Caldecott Honor Books. Peter Sis lives in the New York City area. You can visit him at www.petersis.com.

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Spicyreads, February 22, 2010 (view all comments by Spicyreads)
This one is sure to win awards in January 2011! This is Ryan's best book to date (and she has many excellent titles). The Dreamer is part biography (Pablo Neruda), part poetry, part magical realism, and part fictionalized biography. Don't overlook the fact that the structure mimics Neruda's own poetry. Don't overlook the fact that the epigrammatic poems that foreshadow the action in each chapter also fit together to form one beautiful poem that can summarize the entire book. While the font size is bigger than high school students may think of as appropriate, the content in this book is challenging even for high school students. This book should be equally at home in middle schools and elementary schools. Buy this one! You will not be sorry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439269704
Author:
Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Illustrator:
Sis, Peter
Author:
Ryan, Pam Munoz
Author:
Sis, Peter
Subject:
Neruda, Pablo - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Poets, Chilean
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biographical - Other
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.5 x 6 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 384 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439269704 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The neat squares of Sis's meticulously stippled illustrations...complement and deepen the lyrical quality of the book.... This book has all the feel of a classic, elegant and measured, but deeply rewarding and eminently readable. (Starred Review)"
"Review" by , "Ryan's fictional evocation of the boy who would become Pablo Neruda is rich, resonant and enchanting....The illustrator's trademark drawings deliver a feeling of boundless thought and imagination....[A] splendid, beautifully presented work."
"Review" by , "Conflicts, injustice, and a promised future make the story compelling.... [P]aths beckon and exquisite details reflect the dreamer's maturing imagination, clothing this masterful tribute in art that fits it as ineluctably as Neruda's new name suited his purpose."
"Review" by , "This is a striking, loving portrait, which does justice to Neruda's life and also stands as an accomplished work of art in its own right."
"Synopsis" by , This moving story about the birth of an artist is also a celebration of childhood, imagination, and the strength of the creative spirit. Ryan weaves sound poems and thought-provoking questions into her exquisitely crafted prose while Ss's delicate drawings transport readers to the lushness of the Chilean rainforest. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,

From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí 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, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. Under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, he listens and he follows. . . Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

 

PRAISE FOR PAM MUNOZ RYAN:

"Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style....Ryan fluidly juxtaposes world events with one family's will to survive."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, ESPERANZA RISING

 

"Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support." --Booklist, ESPERANZA RISING

 

"Ebullient and tautly structured....With a pacing that moves along at a gallop, this is a skillful execution of a fascinating historical tale."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, RIDING FREEDOM

 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS FOR ESPERANZA RISING:

-Willa Cather Award

-Americas Award Honor Book

-Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

-NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

-Smithsonian Notable Book

-Children's Literature Choice List

-Notable Books for a Global Society

-Jefferson Cup Award - Worthy of note

-Judy Goddard AZ Young Adult Author of the Year Award

-Judy Lopez Memorial Award

 

AWARDS AND HONORS FOR RIDING FREEDOM:

-California Young Reader Medal winner (Intermediate Category)

-IRA Teacher's Choice

-Parenting Magazine "Reading Magic" Award winner

-Recognition of Merit for a First Novel Award - Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People

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