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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These may seem like small things but they detract from the overall message of the book. This is a chilling story which underscores the danger and oppression under which some children must live. The only information he gets is from his freinds. Pedro does not win the prize and brings home his composition one day. Feb 23, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it liked it Shelves: Pedro is aware that his parents may be in danger.

We meet our protagonist, Pedro, on his birthday. This book tells the skarmea of all these frightening measures from the perspective of a child whose family and friends secretly resist the dictatorship.

Home Children’s Literature User Review – Flag as inappropriate best book ever. The ending of this book is coposition and honest with its treatment of how chil Published in by Groundwood Books Interest Level: Jan 28, T. The Composition tells the story of a young boy who lives under a dictatorship.

Composihion Pedro lives in a country run by a dictator. Mar 31, Margaret Boling rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Antonuo Compositionplease sign up.


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What a brilliant little book! It really should be mandatory to read this book at school. 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The country that the protagonist, Pedro, lives in is ruled by a dictator.

The Composition by Antonio Skármeta

Several of the “funny” parts could have been left out to make a stronger story. This book would be suitable for grades However, the author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so he probably left the country antonnio so as to avoid trouble.

One day he asks his Mother “Am I against dictatorship? This book presents a balance between realism and relating the material in a child-friendly fashion.

Would you cry then? This story captures the intense, serious topic of dictatorship and forms the circumstance from the perspective of a typical child. And now a general from the army is in his own classroom, deman Pedro is a nine-year-old boy living in a country that is run by a dictatorship.

He ends up writing a story about playing soccer with his friends then coming home and playing chess with his parents. I would recommend this book to anyone that would like to get a glimpse of what that could be like and empathize with a young innocent boy that seems to do the right thing even when so vulnerable and pressured to possibly ruin the lives of his family.


The author is careful not to name a particular country as the setting for the book.

Published in by Groundwood Books Interest Level: This little picture book shines. They all are living under a dictatorship.

The Composition

It is such a compelling story of not just another culture, but of another time in place that our students have no Wow. I plan on using this in my 5th grade classroom as we cover dictatorship.

Pedro seems so small and forlorn against the huge brick wall skarmets him that one is easily able to imagine his lack of power and control. 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 military dictatorship.

Many times the dictatorship constructs its rule through devious and malicious measures that range from tricking and brainwashing young children to giving a false sense of empowerment to older generations.

Honestly, I had to take a closer glance to understand how younger children in other countries may be forced to deal with issues nonexistent or masked in the United States. It’s an example of dictatorship from a country other than Germany. Do you think children can be against a dictatorship?

Open Preview See a Problem? From to he served as the Chilean ambassador in Germany.