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Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda and His Muse

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A poetic, beautifully illustrated picture book inspired by Ode to the Onion by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904–1973).  Pablo has a lunch date with his friend Matilde, who shows the moody poet her garden. Where Pablo sees conflict and sadness, Matilde sees love and hope. The story is less a biography of Neruda and his muse, Matilde Urrutia (1912–1985), and more a simple ode ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Cameron
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Barbara
Ah, ultimately, it's all about perspective, after all. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda often wrote about romance, love, and social issues. It can be hard to see much good in the world when preoccupied with the weighty concerns of injustice. In this picture book, readers learn about the inspiration behind his "Ode to an Onion" as he and his friend Matilde gather fruits and vegetables for a simple lunch. As they choose the makings for their meal, Pablo focuses on the negatives and hopelessness while Mat ...more
Beth
Beautiful language and illustrations. It’s not as flashy well known as many other picture books this year but there’s something incredibly special about this story about the famous poet Pablo Neruda.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated and designed picture book imagining the creative process that leads Neruda to write one of his famous odes. The onion skin endpapers are a lovely touch.
Marcia
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A beautifully written book that imagines the creative process behind the poem, Ode to the Onion by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Pablo is feeling gloomy about everything during the writing of a long, sad poem. Then he realizes it’s time for his lunch date with his lively friend Matilde. With a big bunch of poppies in hand he arrives at her home. They stroll through the garden and with Matilde as his guide, his sadness lifts as he discovers a happier way to look at life even at a simple onion. The p ...more
Mark Eisner
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is genius and beautifully poetic, the words and the illustrations, how they combine. I may be a biographer of Neruda but forget about Neruda's ode itself, forget about Neruda himself, this book is about what happens in the interaction between the characters, it's about the elements that inspire creativity and thoughtful expression, the elements that create the poetry in poems and the poetry of our lives. I hope this book brings a lot of joy and inspiration to many children.
Laura
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful illustrations on heavy matte paper make this picture book feel like an art journal. Mathilde is a vibrant red-headed mother earth juxtaposed with Pablo the brooding poet. All through the garden she sees joy and purpose where he sees only loss and sorrow until he sees the luminosity of the peeled onion. Includes the full text of Neruda's poem, Ode to an Onion, in both English and Spanish. A beautiful book to pair with Neruda, Poet of the People.
Melissa Mcavoy
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. Spectacular illustrations and an interesting conversation between a poet who is taking life too seriously and a woman who revels in the intertwined joys and sadness the world offers.
Robin
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Beautiful. Loved the gentle rapport between the two characters. Recommended for Neruda fans and old souls ages 5-8.
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