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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This is a powerful book. He knows that his parents listen to the radio all the time. 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.

Composition (Tr)

He hosted a television program on literature and the arts, which regularly attracted over a million viewers.

The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta.

The government is trying to root out the resistance. Pedro is a young boy with soccer talent that is overshadowed by the looming dictatorship in his country. Groundwood Books- Juvenile Fiction – 34 pages. 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.

It also questions what is moral and what does it mean to live under dictatorship. I think the book would have had a greater impact on me if it had been set in a specific skarmetw. Even though he does not understand ksarmeta what is happening,he understands that people are being treated unfairly.

The protagonist of tge story writes a fictional tale of what his family does thus saving his family from harm.

THE COMPOSITION by Antonio Skármeta , Alfonso Ruano | Kirkus Reviews

Great discussion starter for a classroom or group. Pedro writes only about dinner and homework and watching his parents play chess all evening.

He knows he can’t tell the truth, or his parents will be taken away, as has happened to other friends. The Composition is a little wordy for a picturebook, requiring that the child have developed enough of an attention span to sit through the prose with selected illustrations, but limits the story to character development, description of the setting, and then the main event without wandering off on to tangents.


Book ratings by Goodreads. Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. The art reads almost like snapshots, slices from a day here and there, where people keep their true feelings hidden. The country that the protagonist, Pedro, lives in is ruled by a dictator.

As a teacher, I could see this book prompting an interesting discussion about the efficacy of lying and about the power of writing to make a difference in the world. I think this is the kind of book that would be a great window for students to see another kind of culture. This book was a really good eye opener, told from the viewpoint of a young 9 year old boy living in a country that was a dictatorship.

This book tells the tale of all these frightening measures from the perspective of a child whose family and friends secretly resist the dictatorship.

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User Review – Flag as inappropriate This is a book of responsibility. The emotion and gravity of the story is underplayed so that the events can unfold with increasing tension.

Cmoposition is nine years old and lives in Chile with his parents. It could be used to foster discussion about different forms of government and how they compare to a democracy. The name of the protagonist implies the place he lives in as well.

His fiction has won many awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide and in his novel Los dias del arco iris won the Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de America de Narrativa.

Jan aantonio, Savannah Stephan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some of the illustrations were so realistic, they provided a heightened sense of foreboding.


Skrmeta illustration of Pedro waiting for the bus is an example. However, the author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so he probably left the country out so as to avoid trouble. Perfect for a writing activity – ask students to draft their own compositions.

The text beyond the dialogue conveys the story with the honest voice of a young person. He asks about this, too, and his friend responds that it means people want the country to be free, and that they want for skarmrta military to stay out of the government. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Composition (Tr) by Antonio Skarmeta | Scholastic

Overall, this is a story that is worth discussing over. I’m not sure my students would understand the impact of this book until we had a discussion after reading the story. What a brilliant little book! But when the soldiers come and take his friend Daniel’s father away, things suddenly As the antknio writes his essay, the reader is wondering if he is naive enough to write the truth and what the consequences will be. 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.

Compositin of the “funny” parts could have been left out to make a stronger story. Although Pedro may not want to lie in his paper, he grows to understand the meaning of living under a dictatorship and recognizes that even something antonnio simple as his classroom composition can have larger repercussions.