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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pam Munoz Ryan Narrator: Tony Chiroldes Publisher: Scholastic Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Neftalí's father wants him to be a doctor. But Neftalí is not like other children. How he reconciles his own dreams with his father's is at the heart of this profoundly moving story of the life of poet Pablo Neruda.

From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. Under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, he listens and he follows.

Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, and literary fiction, Pam Muñoz Ryan takes listeners on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marija | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful fictional biography of the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. I loved all of the literary elements within the book. Great addition to any school library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catalina | 2/7/2014

    " This book is great one to read to to children who are facing angry adults, children who are having a hard time with their social lives, or any type of children. It does take the reader through the story of Neftali, creating very strong empathetic feelings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/24/2014

    " I need to read this book again to savor the descriptive language. Plus, the book is about my favorite poet, Pablo Neruda. The story reveals how he took the name, Pablo Neruda. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/24/2014

    " This is a beautiful book. The layout, type, illustrations and poem format in many parts of the book make it a joy to hold in your hand and read. Do not do as an audio book. I will be recommending this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/7/2014

    " just great. nice creative background on one of my favorite poets. the art and writing are wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/5/2014

    " A beautiful mix of text and illustration, this magical story is based on the childhood of Pablo Neruda and his writings. Its abstract style will make it a hard sell for most kids, but perfect for readers who like a challenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 1/5/2014

    " Beautiful! Sure to win some awards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/7/2013

    " One Sentence Review: Gorgeous to both eye and ear though there's a certain level of debate as to how many kids will willingly read it on their own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/6/2013

    " Based on the life of poet, Pablo Neruda. My children, 10 & 12 years, enjoyed this book. It gave us an opportunity to talk about family relationships, other cultures, and politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Knight | 11/1/2013

    " An inspiring, fictionalized account of the childhood of poet Pablo Neruda, filled with captivating illustratins by Peter Sis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 8/31/2013

    " lyrical writing, great characters - love the way the questions float in the air and linger. but not sure if many children will be drawn to this - not a lot of action and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 5/19/2013

    " Very easy to read, and fun. I forgot what it was about by the time I started it, so it was a great surprise at the end for me to realize it's a semi-biography of someone I really admire. It made me want to be supportive to my kids :) Kind of the opposite of the 'tiger mother' idea :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Books for Walls | 1/22/2013

    " Simply, Lovely. The Art, the story. We need this one for our bookshelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/19/2012

    " Since I am a fan I of Pablo Neruda I was interested in this book about Neruda's childhood. It is meant to be a kids book, but I wonder if a child would find this book interesting. Neruda's character seems real but the whole is just mildy interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorelie | 6/8/2012

    " Good book. Quiet.. like a dream. Interesting way to convey someones life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caro | 3/11/2012

    " Ryan and Sis are a perfect team in this fictionalized biography of Neruda's childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 9/26/2011

    " Oh, what a book. Lovely, magical, very endearing. I adored the way the text and the illustrations flowed along with the story. It just all worked together to evoke a sense of wonder to me. I can see why this is being mentioned as a possible Newbery contender. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 5/13/2011

    " This is almost an autobiography, but it's written in a sort of dreamy style. About the poet Pablo Neruda. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Guenevere | 5/11/2011

    " I just don't like magic realism. It didn't do anything for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/4/2011

    " Poets, both blossoming and budding, should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 4/19/2011

    " Fiction kids book about the childhood of Pablo Neruda; very nice, although painted stereotypes of Neruda and his father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/13/2011

    " Lovely, magical, inspiring. I don't want to spoil it for those who come to the book all innocent, but I didn't read reviews & didn't realize it was the story of someone I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/7/2011

    " I did like this, but agree with the general rumbles I've heard that while it's a beautiful book, it will be a hard sell for kids. It did inspire me to read some Pablo Neruda poetry, though, if that counts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 3/30/2011

    " I loved the crafting that went into this book. What a meld of writer, illustrator, and editor! Peter Sis has won many awards, and although I haven't particularly enjoyed much of what he's done personally, this, blended with Ryan's lyrical prose, is story crafting at it's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 3/29/2011

    " Beautiful book, in design, artwork, and language. Ryan brilliantly uses snippets of Neruda's poetry to bolster points she is making in her fictionalized biography of his childhood. Sis's artwork blends in seamlessly with Ryan's approach. I thoroughly enjoyed this title! "

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