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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He hosted a television program on literature and the arts, which regularly attracted over a million viewers. Illustrations by AlfonsoRuano are colorful and realistic, enjoyable with the story. This story is a Americas Award winner. The only challenge I would have for this book is the jerky writing style. Trivia About The Composition. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The art in this way reflects the tension in the text, and the tension that is felt day to day under a dictatorship.

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They are to write about what their parents do each evening. Both the text and the illustrations convey the gravity and hardships of life under a dictator, but without directly telling readers what to think composktion feel. This is truly a reality for a lot of children in the world and yet, this is a good way to make other children realize about the situation facing children all around the world. Description In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys.


The illustrations of The Composition keep the reader interested and enhance the written text. It’s an example of dictatorship from a country other than Germany. Pedro is a very brave character.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. 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.

He also witnesses his good friend’s father being skqrmeta away by the army, and learns This story is a Americas Award winner. English-language edition published in by Groundwood Books.

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Life is simple for Pedro — he goes to school, does his homework and, most importantly, plays soccer. Mar 31, Margaret Boling rated it really liked it Shelves: But when the thd come and take his friend Daniel’s father away, things suddenly become much more complicated. At night his parents listen to the radio and when he asks what they are listening to, his parents tell him it is news about their country.

Several of the “funny” parts could have been left out to make a stronger story. Hhe Books- Juvenile Fiction – 34 pages. While the story is quite compelling, the illustrations were not always on the same par.


User Review – Flag as inappropriate This is a book of responsibility. Pedro just wanted to be a boy and play soccer. There is a page at the end explaining dictatorships.

The Composition

The tense scene when his parents learn about this assignment and then ask him to read what he wrote gives goosebumps.

The radio sits on the table between them. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Pedro comes to understand that his parents are opposed to the current regime. From tothe year he left Chile first to Buenos Aires and later to West Berlinhe taught literature at the University of Chile. Want to Read saving…. People Pedro knows are being taken away by the government. The next day at school, Teh 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.

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

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