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The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Sep 27, 11

bookshelves: latino-a, chapter-book, audio-books
Read on September 27, 2011

The Dreamer is an amazing collaborative effort that perfectly blends the poetry of Pablo Neruda with the writings of Pam Munoz Ryan and art of Peter Sis. It is a story based on the youth of the famous poet Pablo Neruda as he discovers who he is and what his role in life will be. This story is full of hardships and struggles that educate the reader to the politics and philosophies of life in Chili at that time. This is a wonderful glimpse into the struggle of freedom of speech and the role of government, while at the same time sharing the imagination and creativity of this famous poet. This book is written for those in intermediate to Jr. High. The blending of illustration, art and poetry reminds me of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik. Even though it is printed entirely in green ink, which is the color of hope, the eye forgets the color and focuses what is going on inside the pages.
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