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Children's LiteratureInterspersed with the chapters in this brief memoir are translations of six poems by Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. Since Delano's Chilean diplomat parents were close friends of Neruda and his wife and lived with them for a while in Mexico, Delano grew up knowing him as Uncle Pablo. Neruda's affection for his pet badger—later given to a zoo because of its vicious attacks—his fistfight with Nazi sympathizers in a restaurant, and his delight in nature are all presented in lively detail that gives a unique picture of the man. His kindness, generosity, and eccentricity are shown in his relationship with Poli. He takes the young boy to see the Spider Woman at the fair and crawls around the garden with him lifting rocks and moving fallen tree trunks to find the insects underneath. He gives him foam goggles so that he can open his eyes under water. He and his wife take Poli to see the ruins in Oaxaca, and Neruda buys and shares a bag of cooked grasshoppers with the boy. At the end of the book, Poli tells how he tried to earn money for special treats by selling gum and guarding parked cars outside the cinema. When he is beaten up by the boys who do the same jobs to earn money for their families, Neruda makes him see the difference between indulgence and necessity. Showing the poet through a child's perspective makes for a distinctive and charming book. Full-page illustrations begin each chapter and a brief biography of Neruda follows the text. 2006, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, Ages 9 to 12.