Author(s): Monica Brown
Once there was a little boy named Neftali who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words. Neftali discovered the magic between the pages of books. When he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda. Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved--things made by his friends in the cafe, things found at the marketplace, and things he saw in nature. He wrote about the people of Chile and their stories of struggle. Because above all things and above all words, Pablo Neruda loved people.
Monica Brown is the author of several bilingual books for children inspired by her Peruvian-American heritage. She is a recipient of the Americas Award for Children's Literature and a professor of English at Northern Arizona University.www.monicabrown.netJulie Paschkis has illustrated many award-winning books, including "Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella" by Paul Fleischman and "Through Georgia's Eyes" by Rachel Rodriguez. For this book, Julie traveled to Chile to see Neruda's home and the people that inspired him.www.juliepaschkis.com