July 12 Birthday: PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE

Pablo Neruda, poet, diplomat, politician
July 12, 1904
September 23, 1973


PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE
(Henry Holt, 2011)

by Monica Brown
illusrated by Julie Paschris

Once there
was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things wildly and quiet
things quietly. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself
with words. Neftalí 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 café, 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.

July 12 Birthday: IF YOU SPENT A DAY WITH THOREAU AT WALDEN POND. Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist, poet
b. July 12, 1817
d. May 6, 1862

IF YOU SPENT A DAY WITH THOREAU AT WALDEN POND (Henry Holt, 2012)

by Robert Burleigh
illustrated by Wendell Minor

Overview

In 1845 in
Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau began a radical experiment:
he built a cabin in the woods and lived there, alone, examining the
world around him. He spent his days walking the shores of Walden Pond,
growing beans, observing plants and animals, and recording his
reflections in his notebook. These reflections eventually became his
seminal work Walden.
In this lovely picture book,
Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor imagine a special day spent with the
celebrated writer and naturalist through the eyes of a child.
Together Thoreau and the young boy watch small but significant wonders
such as swimming fish, fighting ants, and clouds in the sky. It is a day
full of splendor and appreciation of the outdoor world.

July 12 Birthday: George Eastman. IT’S A SNAP! GEORGE EASTMAN’S FIRST PHOTOGRAPH

July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932
George Eastman, photographer, inventor

Overview

George
Eastman had a new hobby: photography. The year was 1877, and photography
was not as easy as you might think. It cost a lot and the equipment was
bulky, but George was about to change all that. What he lacked in
formal education, George more than made up for in ingenuity: he invented
dry plates, film, and the Brownie camera! The rest is history.
     For anyone who has ever taken a picture or posed for one, It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph,
with its playful, informative text and lively illustrations, is a
splendid introduction to biography, to photography, and to the amazing
man who had so much to do with putting picture-taking within reach of us
all.