Another 2011 book noted by NCTE was Monica Brown's Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People. The book was illustrated by Julie Paschkis. The collaberation between the two makes this book so effective. The text provides biographical details about Neruda in a language appropriate for young children (even pre-readers). The illustrations at first glance are appealing--bright, colorful, and dynamic.
However, when the reader slows to "read" the illustrations, he or she locates the real strength of the book. Words are woven into each picture. The result is very engaging and poetic. This is another book I would not hesitate to use at any level.
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