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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One of the pivotal scenes comes as he is gifted a soccer ball to play with his neighborhood friends. I plan on using this in my 5th grade classroom as we cover dictatorship.

The illustrations of The Composition keep the reader interested and enhance the written text. Illustrations describing playing soccer, a classroom at school, and words on the school wall indicate the place the story is plotted.

The Composition by Antonio Skármeta

This book tells the tale of Dictatorship crushes individuality and safety of a nation of people. Subsequent editions of the book bore the title El cartero de Neruda Neruda’s Postman. Does he share with the military that his father is against it?

He takes it home to read to his parents, who listen nervously. This book can be used with older students when studying different types of governments. It is a story antoino a young boy, Pedro, whose passion in life is playing soccer. The pictures show real emotion of fear, sadness, anticipation, and worry. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This is a book of responsibility. The government is trying to root out the resistance.

Is he for or against military dictatorship?


The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta

His fiction has since received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide. The radio sits on the table between them. He also witnesses his good friend’s father being dragged away by the antonik, and learns that it is because his father is against the military dictatorship.

His parents don’t answer his questions. Compositoin 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

The boy figures out how to protect his family – talk about a critical issues book! Here, deft realism is brought to the page by Antonia Skarmeta’s story and the edgy drawings of Alfonso Ruano, portraying a child’s view of a repressive society. I know many countries in South America are ruled by powerful leaders, but was not sure which ones have dictatorships.

That said, the pictures are well done, using a plain style that captures the bleakness of the time period, abstaining form outline to get a realistic style with a hint of the stiffness of folk art. 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.

The faces of the watching children seem eerily detached. He notices that his parents huddle around the radio listening to something each evening.

We never learn what country this is, but it is a Hispanic culture. This helps broaden the child’s understanding of what was read in the prior pages. By having Pedro ask questions, the book does a good job of anticipating questions that child readers might have. The use of fiction to teach about life in other countries is a powerful device.


Your least favorite part? This was a good book. It also brings up the question of ‘Can children make a difference?

The composition

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. On the other hand, many of the illustrations are very detailed, realistic and haunting.

This is a well written children’s book which compositino be used with upper level students. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

But something is wrong: The note at the end of the book explains dictatorship and the challenges that people face when living under it. When I began reading, I compositon confused as antonko what age this book would be best for, but as I continued to read I realized that even though it is a rather short story, the topics throughout the book, involving the complications of a young boy living inside a country lead by a dictator, were highly complex.

Nothing is dumbed down here, but there is no graphic violence either. The illustration of Pedro waiting for the bus is an example.