Nine-year-old Pedro is pulled into his people’s struggle against the government when he is ordered to write a paper about his family. The Composition by Antonio Skármeta – book cover, description, publication history. Skarmeta, Antonio. THE COMPOSITION. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. English-language edition published in by Groundwood Books. Toronto.

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This is deff a 5 out of 5 star book. The radio sits on the table between them. He knows he can’t tell the truth, or his parents will be taken away, as has happened to other friends. I know many countries in South America are ruled by powerful leaders, but was not sure which ones have dicta Wow!

Pedro just wants to real soccer ball, not this silly one with blue dots on it. I read it aloud to my seventh grade language arts compositio. The only challenge I would have for this book is the jerky writing style. The word “resistance” is mentioned and “being against the dictatorship.

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Parents quietly talk and hover around radios. It really should be mandatory to read this book at school. Pedro comes to understand that his parents are opposed to the current regime.

His close friend has watched his skaremta removed from the family store, and Pedro’s evenings consist of watching his family listen to the radio updates about dictatorship. The use of fiction to teach about life in other countries is a compsition device.

When I began reading, I was confused as to what age this book would be best for, but as I continued to read I realized that even though it is a rather short story, the topics throughout the book, involving the complications of a young boy living inside a country lead by a dictator, were highly complex.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. I know many countries in South America are ruled by powerful leaders, but was not sure which ones have dictatorships. Now, they are thrust into a situation where they must grapple with the incomprehensible: He listens as his parents complain about the dictatorship that rules their country.


This is the story of Pedro, who lives in a South American country it was originally published in Venezuela under a dictatorship. And for children it provides food for thought about freedom, moral choices and personal responsibility. This book is about a boy who, while at school, was asked by the government to write a composition about skareta their family does at night.

From to he served as the Chilean ambassador in Germany. I think The Composition is a great international book that shows students the real life struggles of deportation. This is one of my favorite stories, filled with so much history and emotional heartbreak from being in times of war and an oppressive society.

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Children enjoy this book because although it is a picture book, there is still so much that even an adult could gather from the book and learn about different wars and dictatorships that have occurred in South America. Want to Read saving…. The art reads almost like snapshots, slices from a day here compozition there, where people keep their true feelings hidden.

Weeks later, Pedro gets his composition back from the soldier. It is such a compelling story of not just another culture, but of another time in place that our students have compositin Wow.

He used shades of browns and greens to create a mood of oppression. The story reminds us that children understand the world better than we give them credit for, and they can, in their way, help make choices for change.

Humorous, serious and intensely human, this powerful picture book by Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta presents a situation all too familiar to children around the world. But when the soldiers come and take his friend Daniel’s father away, things suddenly For instance, some illustrations show readers the time periods by describing an old radio. His parents don’t answer his questions. Sep 24, Genie rated it it was amazing Shelves: His parents work during the day and spend their nights huddled around the radio listening to news broadcasts.


Unfortunately, this is real life for many children throughout the world. Pedro is a nine-year-old boy living in a country that is run by a dictatorship. The tense scene when his parents learn about this assignment and then ask him to read what he wrote gives goosebumps.

This is truly a reality for a lot of children anntonio the world and yet, this is a good way to make other children realize about the situation facing children all around the world. These measures can range from spying, arresting without warrant and the disappearance of anyone who resists their rules.

Jan 30, Connor Bates rated it really liked it Shelves: After three decades as the art director for Grupo SM, the world’s largest publisher of Spanish-language children’s books, he has left to devote more time to illustration and painting.

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Toward War has affected many families around the world. It opens up a plethora of extensions and is such a great international book that every classroom library, school library, public library, and so forth should carry to bring those issues to the minds of many readers. The skarmefa show real emotion of fear, sadness, anticipation, and worry.

This story is a Americas Award winner. This was a real issue that occurred outside of the US that our students should be educated on. A soldier comes to their school and the children must write an essay about what their family does at night.

When the police come to his classroom and ask the children to write an essay about what their parents do every night, Pedro must decide what to do. Jun 27, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves: Pedro struggles with what to write.