The Dreamer (CD-Audio)

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By Pam Munoz Ryan, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Peter Sís (Illustrator), Tony Chiroldes (Narrator)
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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


A breathtaking novel from Pura Belpre Award winner, Pam Ryan, and MacArthur fellow and three-time Caldecott Honoree, Peter Sis!

Neftali 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. He loves to collect treasures, daydream, and write--pastimes his authoritarian father thinks are for fools. Against all odds, Neftali 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. This moving story about the birth of an artist is also a celebration of childhood, imagination, & the strength of the creative spirit. Sure to inspire young writers & artists.

About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.

Peter Sís is a Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, three-time Caldecott Honoree, Sibert Award winner, and MacArthur Fellow. His celebrated picture books include Ice Cream Summer, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.He also creates fine art that can be seen in galleries, museums, and public spaces all over the world. Learn more at

Praise For…

"Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style....Ryan fluidly juxtaposes world events with one family's will to survive."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, ESPERANZA RISING

"Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support." --Booklist, ESPERANZA RISING

"Ebullient and tautly structured....With a pacing that moves along at a gallop, this is a skillful execution of a fascinating historical tale."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, RIDING FREEDOM

-Willa Cather Award
-Americas Award Honor Book
-Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
-NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
-Smithsonian Notable Book
-Children's Literature Choice List
-Notable Books for a Global Society
-Jefferson Cup Award - Worthy of note
-Judy Goddard AZ Young Adult Author of the Year Award
-Judy Lopez Memorial Award
-California Young Reader Medal winner (Intermediate Category)
-IRA Teacher's Choice
-Parenting Magazine "Reading Magic" Award winner
-Recognition of Merit for a First Novel Award - Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545223393
ISBN-10: 0545223393
Publisher: Scholastic Audio Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2010
Language: English