# 010660

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Item #: 010660
ISBN: 9780439269988
Grades: 4-7

Product Description:

The first thing you notice upon opening this book is that the print is green! GREEN! Therefore, illustrations that would have been in basic black are now green! Margins are wider than usual too. I wondered if this was to appeal to a specific learner, or just a choice made by the publisher or author, but found nothing to support this suspicion. There is an obvious nod to poetry throughout and several poems to read in the back of the book. The illustrations are imaginative and delightful… and green!

Neftali is a quiet and thoughtful child. His father wants him to be a doctor, but that’s not his nature. He is imaginative and has a way with words and thoughts. I was left wanting to read the whole book; alas, that must wait for another day! ~Sara

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Much to his father's disappointment, Neftal is not like other children. Frail and painfully shy, he spends most of his time alone: collecting treasures, reading, writing, and daydreaming " pastimes his authoritarian father thinks are for fools.
Neftal finds beauty and wonder everywhere: in the oily colors of mud puddles; a lost glove, sailing on the wind; the music of birds and language. The natural world and his native Chile and the painful injustices Neftal witnesses there move him equally. While his father plans to build him into a robust doctor, Neftal has other longings. Against all odds, Neftal prevails against his father's cruelty and his own crippling shyness to become one of the most widely read poets in the world, Pablo Neruda. How Neftal reconciles his own dreams with his father's is at the heart of this inspiring, radiant, and profoundly moving story of self-discovery.
Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, and literary fiction, Pam Muoz Ryan weaves sound poems and thought-provoking questions into her exquisitely crafted prose to create a narrative tapestry of color, rhythm, and emotion, while Peter Sis's delicate, mesmerizing drawings transport readers to the lushness of the rainforest, the vastness of the sea, and the whimsy of Neftali's imagination.

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Pam Munoz Ryan & Peter Sis
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Scholastic Paperback
0.65 (lbs.)
7.56" x 5.25" x 1.0"
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