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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. But when the soldiers come and take his friend Daniel’s father away, things suddenly become much more complicated. Why, for instance, do Pedro’s parents secretly listen to the radio every evening after dinner? And why does the government want Pedro and his classmates to write compositions about what their parents do in the evening? Humorous, serious and intensely human, this powerful picture book by Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta presents a situation all too familiar to children around the world.
And for children it provides food for thought about freedom, moral choices and personal responsibility. Paperback36 pages. Published March 5th by Groundwood Books first published March 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Compositionplease sign up. Lists with This Book. They have to go to school, study hard, play and be good to their parents. The full-page illustrations are definitive and also capture the innocence of the children in this story.
I would love to share this book with my third graders, who have some understanding about types of governments, including dictatorships. The book shares a difficult topic in an understandable way for children. What a brilliant little book! It explains dictatorship in such a great way. It really should be mandatory to read this book at school.
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I just wish that more kids were as clever as Pedro. 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.
The book shows that as powerless as one may seem linro is always a possibility to do something against evil.
View all 3 comments. This book is about a boy who, while at school, was asked by the government to write a composition about what their family does composicipn night.
This is after he has seen the government take away a friends father for opposing the dictatorship and watching his parents listen anxiously to the radio about freeing the country. Even though he does not understand fully what is happening,he understands that people are being treated unfairly. 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 comopsicion a composition about what their family does at night.
When he is asked to write the compositions, he remembers what his composucion and his neighbor have experienced. This is a great book showing how people living under a dictatorship can skarneta controlled. They use the children to tell on their parents and encourage and reward people who reveal what they are doing.
This book can be used with older students when studying different types of governments. It would defiantly spark a discussion. Jan 28, T. Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a good book. The story line outlined how the goverment influences children,families, and lifestyles. Pedro is a young boy with soccer talent that is overshadowed by the looming dictatorship in his country.
His close friend has watched his father removed from the family store, and Pedro’s evenings consist of watching his family listen to the radio updates about dictatorship. The story ends with Pedro writing an “untruthful” composition in an effort to conceal his parents’ antagonistic res This was a good book.
The story ends with Pedro writing an “untruthful” composition in an effort to conceal his parents’ antagonistic resistance to the dictatorship. 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.
May 01, Casey Strauss rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a well written children’s book which can be used with upper skarmta students. I read it aloud to my seventh grade language arts students.
Though the setting isn’t specified, I found that this detail encouraged discussion and converation regarding where it might take place.
This enabled my students to think critically about the details mentioned in the story the compodicion character mentions Pele the soccer player, prompting my students to hypothesize where the story might take place. It also b This is a well written children’s book siarmeta can be used with upper level students.
It also brings up the question of ‘Can children make a difference? Mar 15, Mrs. This book was a really good eye opener, told from the viewpoint of a young 9 year libor boy living in a country that was a dictatorship. It has really great illustrations but it’s also about a child realizing what is happening around him This is truly a reality for a lot of children in the world and yet, this is antonko good composicoin to make other children realize about the situation facing children all around the world.
May 06, Vamos a Leer rated it really liked it. We meet our protagonist, Pedro, on his birthday. Soccer defines his life, as it does for many young boys in Latin America. One of the pivotal scenes comes as he is gifted a soccer ball to play with his neighborhood friends. During a game, Pedro makes a goal but, as he runs in celebration, he notices that everyone else is distracted watching a scene playing out across the street: The author recognizes how children may have trouble grasping the implications of what Pedro sees.
By having Pedro ask questions, the book does a cokposicion job sntonio anticipating questions that child readers might have. Pedro asks his friend why his composocion was taken and is told that it is because his father is against the dictatorship.
He asks about this, too, and his friend responds that it means people want the country to be free, and that they want for the military to stay out of the government. Pedro learns more later by asking his parents when he gets home. Readers of the book receive implicit clues about the nature of the dictatorship. This leads Pedro to begin a conversation with them in which he discovers that they are also against the dictatorship.
The author leaves the reader in suspense, stating simply that Pedro turned in his assignment. Weeks later, Pedro gets his composition back from the soldier. He takes it home to read to his parents, who listen nervously.
We can surmise from domposicion omissions that Pedro has grown to understand the dangers surrounding him and his family. In many Latin American countries, political repression has resulted in the disappearance of thousands of people.
This book sensitively invokes these issues, and encourages the reader to empathize with a child in this situation. 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.
amtonio The Composition is a useful text for teaching about human rights, government repression, and individual agency. We recommend this book for the classroom as it handles these tough issues with care.
It shows how children can grasp complicated situations affecting their daily composcion, and acknowledges their ability to adjust accordingly. 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 as simple as composicioh classroom composition can have larger repercussions.
To read our full review including links to classroom resources, visit the Vamos a Leer blog at http: Feb 23, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it liked it Shelves: Young Pedro lives in a country run by a dictator.
His parents secretly listen to radio broadcasts complsicion speak against the dictator. 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.
How can he write the essay and protect his parents? I think the book would have had a lubro impact on me if it had been set in a specific country. However, the author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so Young Pedro lives in a country run by a dictator. However, the author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so he probably left the country out so as to avoid trouble.
This book could produce some good discussion if read in the classroom. Feb 12, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pedro is nine years old and lives in Chile with his parents. They all are living under a dictatorship. Pedro likes to play soccer and wishes his parents would buy him a real soccer ball.
His parents work during the day and spend their nights huddled around the radio commposicion to news broadcasts. Pedro does not understand this. One day an army captain comes to his school and ask the students to write a composition about “What my family does at skxrmeta. He knows that skarmsta parents list Pedro is nine years old and lives in Chile with his parents.
He knows that his parents listen to the radio all the time.