The Dreamer (Prebound)
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The lush artistry of the written word is on full-display for
young readers in this book. Munoz Ryan masterfully captures the heart
and spirit of a young boy who, although destined for greatness, is
deemed a slacker and a do-nothing by his overbearing father.
As with any great work of art, mastery lies beyond technical
expertise and exposes an inner-truth. It is here that The Dreamer
soars. The lyrical prose has amazing depth and is
rich with empathy and compassion for our young protagonist. As a
(somewhat) overbearing father of “a dreamer” myself, I found this novel
profoundly personal and compelling.
Pam Munoz Ryan, a Bakersfield native, has become
an international icon of children’s literature for her novels and picture books. With over 20 awards and honors,
including the Latino Book Award earlier this summer, The Dreamer is the latest in her widely-acclaimed canon of work.
Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
“The inner life of a young boy growing up in Chile, confined to bed with illness and bullied by his father, is beautifully illuminated by the words of Ryan and the illustrations of Sis. We are not surprised to learn that Neftali, observant of every detail in the natural world, treasuring the words he hears and reads, and sympathetic to the plight of the native people, grows up to become the beloved poet Pablo Neruda.”
— Ellen Sandmeyer, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Chicago, IL
Winner of the 2011 Pure Belpre Award for fiction now in an elegant paperback edition
From the time he is a young boy, Neftali hears the call of a mysterious voice. He knows he must follow it--even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself. It leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, until finally, he discovers its source.
Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.