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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Pedro is a boy who shows normal qualities throughout, loving so This story captures the intense, serious topic of dictatorship and forms the circumstance from the perspective of a typical child. If you were given the same assignment that Pedro received, what would you write? 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.

The Composition begins with the story of young Pedro feeling upset because he did not receive a soccer ball for his birthday.

Pedro is a relatable character due to the fact that he is curious, loves sports, and wants to perform well when given the task of writing the essay.


This book tells the tale of all these frightening measures from the perspective of a child whose family and friends secretly resist the dictatorship. Ruano did many things right. He wants to win the prize a gold medal and a sash of the flag colorshe also is wise enough to know that he cannot reveal what his parents do at night. Up until Daniel’s father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills. The only challenge I would have for this book is the jerky writing style.


Pedro asks skatmeta friend why his father was taken and is told that it is because compsoition father is against the dictatorship.

Trivia About The Composition. The book shares a difficult topic in an understandable way for children. He knows he can’t tell the truth, or his parents will be taken away, as skagmeta happened to other friends.

Towards the middle we see a soldier enter the school and ask all the children to write what their family does every night. This is a great book showing how people living under a dictatorship can be controlled. Jan 30, Connor Bates rated it really liked it Shelves: He did what he could to keep his parents safe, which potential saved their lives.

Pedro is a boy that loves soccer and wants a real soccer ball and one antohio an army captain comes and asks his class to write about what his parents do at night. He also witnesses his good friend’s father being dragged away by the army, and learns This story is a Americas Award winner.

The only information he gets is from his freinds. He takes it home to read to his parents, who listen nervously. I wonder if this has to deal with the translation, rather than the original voice of the antonlo. It could be used to foster discussion about different forms of government and ajtonio they compare to a democracy.

Readers are shown the capacity of power in a way that does not anhonio the authority while given with child-friendly language and display. Dictatorship crushes individuality and safety of a nation of people. Open Preview See a Problem?

The emotion and gravity of the story is underplayed so that the events can unfold with increasing tension. The ending of this book is realistic and honest with its treatment of how chil Published in by Groundwood Books Interest Level: During a game, Pedro makes a goal skarneta, as he runs in celebration, he notices that everyone else is distracted watching a scene playing out across the street: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


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Life isn’t so fun anymore. No eBook available Amazon. It tells such an incredible, compelling story. Instead there is one soldier, in the background, holding a gun and Don Daniel is shown standing alone, in the foreground.

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In many Latin American countries, political repression has resulted in the disappearance of thousands of people. His parents seem worried about radio news reports.

Illustrations of the bust stop when Pedro waits for his father, a hole in an eraser on the desk, and a bullet hole on the classroom compositioj could be examples. Each night his parents secretly listen to the radio, as part of a resistance movement. When he is asked to write the compositions, he remembers what his par This book is about a boy who, while at school, was asked by the government to write a composition about what their family does at night.