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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The Composition

People Pedro knows are being taken away by the government. He listens as his parents complain about the dictatorship that rules their country. Published March 5th by Groundwood Books first published March 1st It really should be mandatory to read this book at school.

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If you were given the same assignment that Pedro received, what would you write? As the boy writes his essay, the reader is wondering if he is naive enough to write the truth and what the consequences will be. Pedro is a boy who shows normal qualities throughout, loving soccer and his friends. The protagonist of the story writes a fictional tale of what his family does thus saving his family from harm. When the police come to his classroom and ask the children to sarmeta an essay about what their parents do every night, Pedro must decide what to do.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. They all are living under a dictatorship. Unfortunately, this is real life for many children throughout the world. He wants to win the prize a gold antobio and a sash of the flag colorshe also is wise enough to know that he cannot reveal what his parents do at night. Subsequent editions of the book bore the title El cartero de Neruda Neruda’s Postman. But something is wrong: They have to go to school, study hard, play and be good to their parents.

It also brings skafmeta the question of ‘Can children make a difference?

Great discussion starter for a classroom or group. He doesn’t understnd why. Pedro comes to understand that his parents are opposed to the current regime.

Pedro likes to play soccer and wishes his parents would buy him a real soccer ball. skafmeta

It is a story about a young boy, Pedro, whose passion in life is playing soccer. Along with the texts, illustrations tell readers much information about time period and geographical details. I think the discussion could be a very powerful tool to help students understand just how much power a dictator can have over a country. The Composition begins with the story of young Pedro feeling upset because he did not receive a soccer ball for his birthday.


Throughout history children have told their stories through writing and art. Through well written dialog and illustrations, the reader comes to understand the characters’ feelings and emotions. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This story effectively introduces young children to the concept of a dictator government.

Other measures dictatorships may take can be to fill the population with fear.

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It would defiantly spark a discussion.

Jun 27, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves: Pedro is a boy that loves soccer and wants a real soccer ball and one day an army captain comes and asks his class to write about what his parents do at night.