Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People” as Want to Read:
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  510 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Once there was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words. Neftalí discovered the magic between the pages of books. When he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda.

Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved—things made by his friends in the café, thing
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pablo Neruda, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pablo Neruda

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
David Schaafsma
Here illustrator Julie Paschkis makes a presentation about the process she goes through in making books, in particular Pablo Neruda:

These are some images from the book to give you an idea of the style.

Monica Brown’s story, a kind of all ages picture book with maybe a nod to children in particular, is a brief sweet introduction to possibly the greatest and most influential poet of the twentieth century, Chilean poet,
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Having read Pam Munoz Ryan's "The Dreamer," I was familiar with Pablo Neruda's life. I appreciated how this story was composed for a younger audience, though it left out some details most adults might thing important. What the book doesn't leave out is the spirit of Neruda's work, and I loved the way the illustrations were made of words, both Spanish and English.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
The illustrations in this one are fascinating. I need to go back and just look at the illustrations. The story is a simplified look at Neruda's life. I can see this being used in conjunction with The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan.
Edward Sullivan
Beautifully illustrated introduction to the life of the Chilean poet.
Casey Strauss
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People is a picture book written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkins. This story is simply narrated, but with powerful language and word choice. The accompanying illustrations add to the story line because they are interwoven with words both in English and in Spanish. For example, when he was a teenager, Neftali changed his name to Pablo Neruda and began publishing his poems-always writing in green ink. The images accompanying this text have his different ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As is the case for many readers, I love books that feature lovers of words, whether they be readers and writers. This picture book biography of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda [his pen name]uses text and illustrations to highlight the life of the boy who became the man who won a Nobel Prize. The author uses lines such as "who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly" (unpaginated) and "dolphins playing in the surf and rusty anchors washed ashore" (unpaginated) to bring this observant poet of ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
When I read Pablo Neruda Poet of the People I was able to relate to some of his story. In the story, it tells how Pablo (Neftali, is his name given at birth) grew up having a passion for books and words. His father didn't approve of his interest so Pablo had to change his name from Neftali to Pablo when he was a teenager to be able to publish his poems behind his father's back.

I think this would be a good story for boys and girls of any age who have an interest in books and have dreams of being
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ages: 4-7 years
Pablo Neruda wrote about the world around him: sometimes about love, other times about curiosity, and eventually about human injustice and protest. Brown creates a beautiful mosaic of Neruda's life and his fascination with his surroundings.

This book excels in showcasing Pablo Neruda's love of the world around him. In each painting, Spanish and English words are interwoven in the images, showing children the connection between words and images (an early literacy skill). On top of t
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People is a 2012 Americas award recipient. Pablo was a poet from Chile. Since he was a child, he loved to read and was immersed in words. The vivid illustrations in this book demonstrate the play and creativity of words. Throughout the book, the reader understands what type of person Pablo is and who he grew up to be. His themes included nature, opposites, and justice. I highly recommend this book for all ages!

This text can be easily paired with "The Dreamer" by Pam Mun
Cathy Blackler
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Monica Brown's simple tale of the life of Pablo Neruda is made more powerful by the stunning illustrations of Julie Paschkis. Ribbons of text are woven throughout detailed illustrations that chronicle Neruda's life, I have heard of several teachers who use this text as a precursor to Pam Munoz Ryan's book, The Dreamer, also about Neruda.
I liked this better than The Dreamer. Really enjoyed the colors, was entranced by the words in the illustrations, and thought the author did a good job of selecting the details that shape a life & a story.
I recently discovered this older picture book about Pablo Neruda and beautifully illustrated with Julie Paschkis' illustrations. She has embedded his words into every possible aspect of the pages while Monica Brown writes of his love of so many things, the sea, rocks, children's play. She writes "above all things and above all words, Pablo Neruda loved people. He joined in with others fighting for justice for workers "who struggled for freedom". Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pablo Neruda, considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century, was born Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto in Chile in 1904. Because his father didn’t approve of his poetry, he came up with a pen name, Pablo Neruda. His poems are widely loved, and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Gabriel García Márquez, a writer from Colombia and a fellow Nobel laureate, has called Neruda "the most important poet of the 20th century - in any language."

[Neruda died in Chile in 19
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: primary

Genre: non-fiction - biography

Fiction Twin Text: Noyce, P. & Charles, J. (2011). Lost in lexicon: an adventure in words and numbers. New York, NY:Scarletta Press.

This book is a biographical account of the poet Pablo Neruda's life. It describes how he grew up in Chile, had a strong connection to nature, and became inspired by a teacher who urged him to begin writing. It details many of the things that Neruda loved, and wrote about. The author exemplifies this by noting, "in
Beverly Cagle
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Monica Brown tells the story of Pablo Neruda through this beautifully written and illustrated picture book. At a young age Neftali, who uses the pen name Pablo Neruda, discovers his love for poetry at a young age. It is a very inspiring story of his life and about the many things that Neruda finds poetry in. Although, a sample of one of his poems is not included, the illustrations alone express the intensity of the value that Neruda put in words. This book expresses the idea of an infatuation th ...more
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People- Primary book #1

1. Pablo Neruda, poet of the people. What do you think that means “Poet of the People”? (give students time to answer)Well Pablo was a poet, and we will soon see why he decided to become one even though his father disliked him writing. Pablo, as you will see enjoyed writing about struggles people face, and that gave others courage to stand up for what they believed. Now as I read this book, I’m going to give time for you to look at each page caref
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audience: Pre-k through adult would enjoy this book

Appeal: “Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People” is an inspiring story about a young boy who finds joy in words and especially in writing poems. As a young boy he was not good in soccer like the other kids, so he found solace in reading. What I really liked about this book is that the poet could find a poem in anything and everything from scissors to joy to sadness to the sea. He wrote about the hardships of the coal miners and was even exiled from hi
Elizabeth Leonard
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Book Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People tells about the life of Neftali and his transition into the poet Pablo Neruda. Since Neftali was young he surrounded himself with words, he wasn't interested with the games the other children were interested with, he loved to read. Neftali took on the name Pablo Neruda when he was a teen and he began writing poems and publishing them. He moved to Santiago and walked the streets with other writers in attempt to share their writing with others. Pablo wrote ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

In a child-like voice and spare prose, this book narrates Neruda's childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The text is accessible in the sense that its vocabulary is fairly easy to read, but it lacks clear transitions and quickly jumps from one point to the next. None of Neruda's poems are included.

About the Illustrations
I enjoy Julie Paschkis's style, but as beautiful as these pictures are on
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Grade/Interest Level: Upper Elementary (6th-8th)
Reading Level:Lexile, 970 AD
Genre: Picture Book, Poetry, Biography

Main Characters: Neftalí (Pablo Neruda)
Setting: Chile
POV: Third Person

Summary: There was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things and quiet things. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words. Neftalí discovered his interest in many things and book. When he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda. Pablo wrote poems about the things he lo
This was another book nominated for the Mock Caldecott awards at my local public library. I decided to check this one out because Pablo Neruda is my favorite poet of all time. His poetry on everyday things, as well as his love poems, are so amazing. I was curious how they were going to make his life story into a picture book for children since he was a Communist and exiled from his home country for his viewpoints, but Monica Brown has managed to gloss over those parts and make a beautiful book a ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Once there was a little boy named Neftali, who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly", so begins the dreamy and enchanting picture book about the life of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Neruda's life is beautifully written and illustrated into a poetic journey by author Monica Brown and illustrator Julie Paschkis. The book accentuates the passion Pablo felt from a very young age about words, and his ability to find inspiration in everything around him. Author Monica Brown masterfully nar ...more
This is a fascinating picture book biography about the life of Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet of the twentieth century. He grew up loving books and word, and was more interested in writing than playing soccer. He used his poetry to speak out for justice and fairness for the people of his country, putting himself in danger. The illustrations are beautiful and incorporate Spanish words throughout the pages. This would be a great poetry mentor text to have on the classroom shelf.
Cheriee Weichel
This picture book biography is absolutely glorious. Julie Paschkis' illustrations are exquisite. Words are imbedded into every possible aspect of them. Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He was also a "student, a diplomat, a senator, an activist and a fugitive."
This biography does everything I want a book like this to do. It made me curious to know more about him and his poetry.
This book is beautiful! It should receive a Caldecott Medal because it so beautifully and creatively weaves words and verbal images from Neruda's poetry with pictorial images. A familiarity with Neruda's lyrical, sensitive and sensual poetry definitely enhances reading this picture book. I love the blending of Spanish and English words within the illustrations. Again, THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL!!!
-cover-words coming from fingers
-hand and pencil with flower growing out is arresting and very symbolic of Neruda
-words as part of illustration
-railroad ties to evoke father
-books as flowers
-dark capes and hats are striking
-pages of objects separated by ribbons of words
-beautiful rocks-not something often drawn
-flower wordplay
-face as bell, voice as message
Laura Sims
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a non-fiction picture book about the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. It discusses the struggles he had for acceptance from his own family as well as information about how he started writing and publishing his poetry. The painted illustrations incorporate words and some of the things that Pablo Neruda liked to write about such as nature as well as his concern for the people of his country.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story about the life of Pablo Neruda is beautiful and moving. I think this book is complete because every element of it goes beyond the reader's expectation: the language is very thoughtful and accessible, the illustrations are really unique and beautiful with words in Spanish and English, the message is inspiring. Recommended for age 8 or older.
The simple picture book biography of the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, turns into a wondrous work of art through Julie Paschkis' illustrations. Spanish and English words flow across the pages-- becoming ribbons of water, flower petals and leaves, protest flags, and sunlight. An exquisite testament to Neruda's legacy-- the words he loved and left for us to read.
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful book.
Especially the way English and Spanish words form the illustrations and inform the story.
What a great book, too, for getting students to write poetry about the specific things that surround them (and also to notice other things, injustices, they may begin to care about).
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Me, Frida
  • Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
  • The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
  • Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child
  • Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
  • Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
  • Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words
  • The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
  • A Home for Mr. Emerson
  • Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History
  • A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
  • Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
  • The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
  • Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings
  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
  • Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
  • Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris ...more
More about Monica Brown

Nonfiction Deals

  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
    $9.99 $2.99
  • How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
    $10.49 $1.99
  • Hidden Figures
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Pocket Prayers: 40 Simple Prayers that Bring Peace and Rest
    $2.99 $0.99
  • Manifest Your Destiny: Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Ev
    $11.74 $1.99
  • A Three Dog Life
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
    $14.99 $2.99
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
    $10.99 $2.99
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
    $5.99 $1.99
  • My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life
    $6.99 $0.99
  • The War of Art
    $9.99 $1.49
  • Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas
    $19.99 $2.99
  • The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Taste of Air
    $9.99 $3.49
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
    $14.99 $2.99
  • The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small, #4)
    $17.99 $1.99
  • I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific
    $10.99 $1.99
  • America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
    $14.99 $1.99
  • The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
    $11.99 $3.99
  • Dear Bob and Sue
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine
    $9.99 $2.99