Winner of the 2011 Pura Belpré Award for fiction now in an elegant paperback edition!
From the time he is a young boy, Neftali hears the call of a mysterious voice. He knows he must follow it - even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself. It leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, until finally, he discovers its source.
Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sis take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.