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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People Hardcover – March 29, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080509198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brown adds to her growing list of noteworthy picture-book biographies with this lyrical introduction to poet Pablo Neruda. “From the moment he could talk, Neftalí surrounded himself with words that whirled and swirled, just like the river that ran near his home in Chile,” begins the simple, rhythmic text that follows Neruda from childhood to adult fame as an activist and beloved “poet of the people.” Brown distills events into just a few words on each page, and younger children may need further explanation about why, for example, Neruda is pursued by soldiers. And while Paschkis’ whimsical portraits honor the poet’s heritage and work with streams of words woven into the vibrantly patterned artwork, the intriguing design elements include many references that seem aimed at older children and adults. Still, Brown’s succinct lines read like a poem themselves, and they emphasize the infinite places writers find inspiration, from seashores to coal mines to the faces of people they love. A long biographical note and suggested resources conclude this handsome offering. Grades 1-3. --Gillian Engberg

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 “A visual and thematic stunner.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Brown and Paschkis paint a compelling portrait of a man who saw the world as a joyful, complex, and beautiful poem waiting to be unveiled.” —Publishers Weekly

“Brown’s succinct lines read like a poem themselves, and they emphasize the infinite places writers find inspiration, from seashores to coal mines to the faces of people they love.” —Booklist

“Impassioned (story)telling combine with Paschkis’s vibrant, decorative style for a book high in child appeal.” —School Library Journal

“It all adds up to an intriguing taste of Neruda’s themes and concerns, winningly dramatized in the splendor of Paschkis’s illustrations.” —Horn Book Magazine


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Additionally the students and teachers I have shared this book with have certainly reacted as I hoped.
Alyson Beecher
Julie Paschkis' charming & flowing illustrations in spectacular colors that make the eyes smile make this book fantastic.
Cathy C. Bonnell
This is a great biography of Pablo Neruda who was once known as Neftalí and his love for writing poetry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alyson Beecher on April 23, 2011
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Every since reading The Dreamer by Pamela Munoz Ryan, I have been trying to figure out how to ladder it for certain students. With this book, I have found the perfect introduction. Brown does a fabulous job of summarizing Neruda's life into 32 pages and still manage to touch on important facts and themes. The text is enhanced by Paschkis' illustrations in wonderful earth tones and with words in English & Spanish woven into the design. I read the book through once and then returned to just admire and analyze the pictures. Definitely a must have for any collection on poets, especially Neruda. Additionally the students and teachers I have shared this book with have certainly reacted as I hoped.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathy C. Bonnell on July 4, 2011
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Readers do not have to know who Pablo Neruda is/was to enjoy & be moved by this beautiful picture book. Monica Brown has brought another biography to not only highlight important Latinos but to emphasis the joy of words, books & the joy of working hard to accomplish your passion. Hopefully, readers will note the importance of teachers in Neruda's life. With introduction by teachers, librarians & other adults this book, as so many books do, could change children's lives. Julie Paschkis' charming & flowing illustrations in spectacular colors that make the eyes smile make this book fantastic. The streams of words in English & Spanish add to the text though are not bilingual. Surely, every library that serves children should find some way to add this book to their collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marisa on May 28, 2012
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This is a great biography of Pablo Neruda who was once known as Neftalí and his love for writing poetry. The content is wonderfully worded and age appropriate for young children when learning about a great writer. This book demonstrates that opinions and concerns can be voices heard through appropriate poetry. It shows that many citizens were overlooked in Chile and needed people like Pablo Neruda to write about it thier concerns. Monica Brown chose the proper words to express that Pablo Neruda loved people, places, and things which benefited to his wonderful poetic writing.

The illustrations by Julie Paschkis are just as wonderful as the text in the book. Each picture shows the love that Pablo Neruda had which allowed him to write and help voice the struggles the people from Chile had. Each picture is colorful, clear, and detailed keeping young and older reader engaged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott P. Carroll on November 20, 2014
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This is a lovely book as reviewed above. However for me the fatal flaw of having non of Nerudas poetry included, not even quotes limits it's interest. It is also not bilingual. As an introduction to this fabulous poet for a person new to his work it serves no purpose. I had hoped to give it to my nieces to share the wonder of his work but his name has no context for them without his own poems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda S Butler on April 23, 2014
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This is a wonderful book for children AND adults. The drawings are fantastic. Julie Pashkis should be nominated for a Caldecott Medal for her illustrations. The flowing and mingling of English and Spanish words are amazing. This is a good introduction to the poet, but if you've read some of Neruda's poetry, the story and especially the illustrations, will be much more meaningful to you.
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