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The Composition
By (author): Antonio Skarmeta Illustrated by: Alfonso Ruano
Antonio Skarmeta ,

Illustrated by :

Alfonso Ruano


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 8, Grade (US) 3
Mar 05, 2003
$8.95 CAD


8in x 9 x 1.28 in | 0.29 lb

Page Count:

36 pages
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America
Americas Award Commended List 2001, Winner Jane Addams Children's Book Award 2001, Winner UNESCO Tolerance Award 2001, Winner Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine 100 Greatest Books for Kids 2012, Commended
  • Short Description
When soldiers take his friend's father away, things suddenly become complicated for Pedro, a situation all too familiar to children around the world.

Winner of the UNESCO Tolerance Awards and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and an Americas Award Commended Title

Life is simple for Pedro -- he goes to school, does his homework and, most importantly, plays soccer. 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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

Antonio Skarmeta is a Chilean writer. His fiction has won many awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide.

Alfonso Ruano is an illustrator and the art director for Grupo SM, the world's largest publisher of Spanish-language children's books. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

Skarmeta's concise and pointed description of Pedro's acquisition of political consciousness and discretion is brilliant. - School Library Journal

With realistic local details of school, home, and neighborhood, words and pictures stay true to the child's viewpoint... - Booklist

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