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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

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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)
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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,
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. ...more
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.
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
Ben Truong
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People is a children's picture book written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkis. It is a biographical picture book of Pablo Neruda – Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Mid-September to Mid-October, at least in my part of the world is Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book would be apropos for today.

Ricardo Eliécer N
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
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
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
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
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. ...more
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).
Lily Avila
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teachandlearn307
Genre: multicultural poetry
Copyright date: 2011

A beautiful story about Pablo and his home country Chile, through poetry.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
Good writing and wonderful illustrations!
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 the
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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
Hannah Escobedo
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. Pretty illustrations. Theme isn’t prominent so kids might just think of it as any other book. Overall fun book with meaning.
Michael Fitzgerald
I like the use of color in the illustrations, but not really the style (particularly the primitive depiction of people). The inclusion of lots of words in the illustrations seems like it was a better idea than a reality. Without a thorough understanding of Spanish, much of this would be lost.

The text is a bit too straightforward (it overdoses on subject-verb-object constructions - not really the ideal thing for a book about a great poet). Sometimes it is just boring: "Pablo loved opposites, so
Dec 26, 2016 added it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: [GR] Readers [of _Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez_] Also Enjoyed
This is such a great book for a kid who loves words -- each picture is full of literally written words, so if one wants one can read all those words aloud, playing with their sounds and (esp if one is fluent in Spanish -- the words are both Spanish and English) meanings. And the illustrations are just so full of energy and objects, which matches really well with the story the text is telling about Neruda's poetic impulses.

And the book also includes stuff like, "When Pablo saw the coal miners wor
After having local schools assigning biographies to the very early grades, I went on a search for titles that I could purchase for the library that would be good biographies as well as wonderful, enticing reads for them. With help from a co-worker, I found a plethora of such books in recently published picture book biographies. This book by Monica Brown hit all of my requirements. It is a gorgeous book that will catch their attention with its illustrations that are alive with color and context. ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I knew almost nothing about Pablo Neruda before I read this. Now I know more about him and googled to read more, but was disappointed there weren't any examples of his work that I might remember him for.

Or maybe there were somewhere in all the English and Spanish words written randomly in the artwork. I liked the idea of him being surrounded by words, but in actuality the words were a distraction because I only recognized a fraction of the Spanish words. Bilingual readers may enjoy this more th
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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

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