The Composition has ratings and 66 reviews. Q_Ayana said: “’Children aren’ t against anything,’ she said. ‘Children are just children. They have to go. Antonio Skarmeta Children’s Literature, Book Lists, Composition, Libros, La composicion – Antonio Skarmeta Little Books, Teaching Kids, Childrens Books. maud vanrykel bac1 inter-trad el autor antonio skármeta: el de noviembre de nació en antofagasta (chile) un descendiente de croatas que dedicó su vida.

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Why, for instance, do Pedro’s parents secretly listen to the radio every evening after dinner? Unfortunately, this is real life for many children throughout the world. Because of the complexity of concepts and the amount of text, this book is best used with upper elementary students. When he is asked to write the compositions, clmposicion remembers what his parents and his neighbor have experienced.

The full-page illustrations are definitive and also capture the innocence of the children in this story. Feb 12, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

He notices that his parents huddle around the radio listening to something each evening. Pedro is nine years old and lives in Chile with his parents.

May 06, Vamos a Leer rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. This book would be suitable for grades Pedro asks his friend why his father was taken and is told that it is because his father is against the dictatorship.

Pedro struggles with what to write. It is such a compelling story of not just another culture, but of another time in place that our students have no idea about. Weeks later, Pedro skarmsta his composition back from the soldier.

The country that the protagonist, Pedro, lives in is ruled by a dictator. Set in Latin America, young Pedro and his friends witness fathers being taken away by soldiers. It really should be mandatory to read this book at school.


The Composition by Antonio Skármeta

The book opens with a description of the boy’s interest in soccer, setting him up as a ‘typical kid,’ perhaps setting the hook which could draw in many young readers. What is specifically unique to The Composition is the impact of the influence of the government and the military on Pedro and his world. This is an experience that is filled with emotion and passion, increasing with intensity as the story goes on.

I know many countries in South America are ruled by powerful leaders, but was not sure which ones have dicta Wow! 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. To read our full review including links to classroom resources, visit the Vamos a Leer blog at http: It creates a nervous tension that the reader has to endure throughout and then after completing the text.

The pictures in this book implicitly say what isn’t said in the text, having so many symbols and so many elements that bring upon deep discussion.

The Composition

While the story makes a strong point about dictatorship, the language often seems forced. It takes place in an undisclosed Spanish speaking country. The emotion and gravity of the story is underplayed so that the events can unfold with increasing tension. The text and dialogue is straightforward, written with a crisp, accessible tone.

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The name of the protagonist implies the place he lives in as well. Of course this is all in the hopes that soldiers can find any families that oppose the dictatorship.

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.

Pedro, nine, is very good at composicioon, has an easy life, goes to school, does his homework, wishes he had a real soccer ball rather than the cheaper one he owns. Perfect for a writing activity – ask students to draft their own compositions. Both the text and the illustrations convey the gravity and hardships of life under a dictator, but without directly telling readers what to think or feel.


He uses a fantastic method to rule out the government’s really mean technique of trying to find out whose parents are against the regime. He also knows that the army police came and took away his friend Daniel’s father. Open Preview See a Problem? Pedro is a boy who shows normal qualities throughout, loving soccer and his friends. Published in by Groundwood Books Interest Level: This enabled my students to think critically about the details mentioned in the story the main character mentions Pele the soccer player, prompting my students to hypothesize where the story might take place.

We never learn what country this is, but it is a Hispanic culture. They came home, they are, laa listened to the radio, they went to bed. It would defiantly spark a discussion.

The ending of this book is realistic and honest with its treatment of how chil Published in by Groundwood Books Interest Level: That said, the pictures are well done, using a antoni style that captures the bleakness of the time period, abstaining form outline to get a realistic style with a While I think this is a great and powerful story with an age appropriate depiction of an awful time in Chile’s history, I think that there is perhaps too much text and too much detail in the story that gives a sense of place but would have made this much more appropriate to publish as a reader like My Havana rather than a picturebook.

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