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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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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
“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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and had the children use words in their drawings to express their visuals in an expanded way--Also wanted them to know all the work
that goes into illustrating a book, which was shown on the clip from the Internet. The story was so beautifully told--but I have to admit, I bought it for the amazing way it was illustrated. The story and the images were a near perfect blend--loved it! Bravo to both artists who brought it all to life--No doubt if Pablo was still around he would write them each a poem in thanks. Maleita Wise