The Dreamer (Ryan, 2010) allows readers to glimpse into the life of Chilean poet Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto whom later took the pen name of Pablo Neruda. Neftali loves to read, displays a creative imagination, and is a talented writer. At a very young age, Neftali discovers that he wants to follow his dreams of becoming a poet; however, his talents were discouraged by his oppressive father whom views such an idea as foolishness. His father’s constant ridicule makes it difficult for Neftali to overcome his shyness and low self esteem. Readers may begin to think of children they personally know who display similar traits as young Neftali or who may live in a similar home environment. All readers can benefit from this biographical story and creative tale but imagine how much more meaningful it would be for someone whom can truly identify with Neftali? Wouldn’t it be an inspirational tale to share with such ones?
Additional information: Personally, I appreciated the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter as well as those associated with Neftali’s daydreams and feelings. The book is written in medium texts and includes onomatopoeia.