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 Sk├írmeta – 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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The composition

Instead there is one soldier, in the background, holding a gun and Don Daniel is shown standing alone, in the foreground. But when the soldiers come and take his friend Daniel’s father away, things suddenly become much more complicated.

I wonder if this has to deal with the translation, rather than the original voice of the author.

The next day at school, Pedro and his classmates are visited The Composition begins with the story of young Pedro feeling upset because he did not receive a soccer ball for his birthday. He asks about this, too, and his friend responds that it means people want the country to be free, and that they want for the military to stay out of the government.

The government is trying to root out the resistance. News and information are censored by the government and soldiers, so his parents should listen to the radio quietly. The boy figures out how to protect his family – talk about a critical issues book!

This book is simply riveting. Product details Format Hardback 32 pages Dimensions Of course this is all in the hopes that soldiers can find any families that oppose the dictatorship. It shows how children can grasp complicated situations affecting their daily lives, and acknowledges their ability to adjust accordingly.

They came home, they are, they listened to the radio, they went to bed. I think the discussion could be a very powerful tool to help students understand just how much power a dictator can have over a country. Mar 31, Margaret Boling rated it really liked it Shelves: The word “resistance” is mentioned and “being against the dictatorship. Pedro is a young boy with soccer talent that is overshadowed by the looming dictatorship in his country.


Several of the “funny” parts could have been left out to make a stronger story. This book would be suitable for grades Although this could be a book that can be read to younger students, I think this is a book that would suit middle elementary school aged students the best.

THE COMPOSITION by Antonio Skármeta , Alfonso Ruano | Kirkus Reviews

Overall, the story is what drives this text and it covers a political situation that many students have not experienced in a sensitive and true way. One day at school, a captain from the army comes into class and tells the kids to write an essay about what they do at night.

That said, the pictures are well done, using a plain style that captures the bleakness of the time period, abstaining form outline to get a realistic style with a hint of the stiffness of folk art. When an army captain comes to his classroom and tells all of the children they must write an essay entitled, “What My Family Does at Night”, Pedro must think carefully about the words he writes.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. His parents work during the day and spend their nights huddled around the radio listening to news broadcasts. And now a general from the army is in his own classroom, demanding that the children write a composition about what their families do at home in the evening.

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The Composition is a useful text for teaching wntonio human rights, government repression, and individual agency.


This leads Pedro to begin a conversation with them in which he discovers that they are also against the dictatorship. He also witnesses his good friend’s father being dragged away by the army, and learns that it is because his father is against the antonnio dictatorship. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Other measures dictatorships may take can be to fill the population with fear. The use of fiction to teach about life in other countries is a powerful device. Illustrations by AlfonsoRuano are colorful and realistic, enjoyable with the story.

It is filled with details and moments where Pedro bonds with and receives love from his parents, leaving the reader emotionally entangled in their story. It has really great illustrations but it’s also about a child realizing what is happening around him The illustration of Pedro waiting for the bus is an example.

Children enjoy this book because although it is a picture book, there 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. It also brings up the question of ‘Can children make a difference? These emotions connect the reader to the text, helping the visualizing of the characters and their happenings to be strengthened.

Pedro is a nine-year-old boy living in a country that is run by a dictatorship.