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The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Feb 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: middle-reader, reviewed

Review via the Deseret News
Neftali is a dreamer. He has been for as long as he can remember. Where some see an old boot or a pile of sticks, he sees a story and new places. His imagination is always working, and it drives his father nuts.

While Neftali finds beauty in the wonder of words and books, his father is looking for the practical. He wants Neftali to become a doctor. But to accomplish that, Neftalí must become robust — something he definitely is not.

Neftali is cripplingly shy and stutters his way through even the simplest of conversations. But Neftali has a strong spirit. He learns to push forward and eventually becomes a Nobel Prize winner for literature under the name Pablo Neruda.

Written with beautiful prose matching the spirit of Neruda's own work, Pam Munoz Ryan has created a fictional work based on the events of the Chilean native's childhood.

Poetry, prose and elegant illustrations by Peter Sis transport the reader on a journey unlike any other. This is one novel parents may enjoy as much, or more, than their children.
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