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The ending of this book is realistic and honest with skarmeeta treatment of how children and families survive under a dictatorship. The Composition is a little wordy for a picturebook, requiring that the child have developed enough of an attention span to sit through the prose with selected illustrations, but limits the story to character development, description of the setting, and then the main event without wandering off on to tangents.

When an army captain comes to his classroom and tells all of the children they must write an essay entitled, “What My Family Does at Night”, Pedro must think carefully about the words he writes.

Both the text and the illustrations convey the gravity and hardships of life under a dictator, but without directly telling readers what to think or feel. While the story makes a strong point about dictatorship, the language often seems forced.

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However, the author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so Young Pedro lives in a country run by a dictator. May 01, Casey Strauss rated it really liked it Shelves: The only problem is that his parents listen to the radio and are against the dictatorship.

This book sensitively invokes these issues, and encourages the reader to empathize with a child in this situation. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It really should be mandatory to read this book at school.

Nov 09, Kelly O’toole rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was a really good eye opener, told from the viewpoint of a young 9 year old boy living in a country that was a dictatorship. Daniel tells Pedro that his father is against the dictatorship, which is the reason why soldiers forced his father to leave.


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I read it aloud to my seventh grade language arts students. Young Pedro lives in a country run by a dictator. And for children it provides food for thought about freedom, moral choices and personal responsibility. 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.

Mar 31, Margaret Boling rated it really liked it Shelves: Toward War has affected many families around the world. One day he asks his Mother “Am I against dictatorship? Jan 15, Stephanie Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: I just wish that more kids were as clever as Pedro.

Even though he does not understand fully what is happening,he understands that people are being treated unfairly. What is specifically unique to The Composition is the impact of the influence of the government and the military on Pedro and his world. While reading I was wondering if the author had any specific country in mind while he was writing the book.

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I really like this book because there is a strong sense of family and friendship during hard times. This book presents some of the more complicated issues in the other texts in a simple way that can open up discussions when children are ready or just provide them with a fun story. The emotion and gravity of the story is underplayed so that the events can unfold with skarmetaa tension.

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. A winner of lbro Americas Book Award, this book presents a familiar scene for children living in war torn dictatorship countries.

Pedro is a relatable character due to the fact that he is curious, loves sports, and wants to perform well when given the task of writing the essay. 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 his classroom composition can have larger repercussions.

While this is his main focus in life, he begins to notice some disturbing events occurring around him. By having Pedro ask questions, the book does a good job of anticipating questions that child readers might have.


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. 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.

As a teacher, I could see this book prompting an interesting discussion about the efficacy of lying and about the power of writing to make a difference in the world. Parents quietly talk and hover around radios. His parents seem worried about radio news reports. Just a moment skameta we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

His parents secretly listen to radio broadcasts that speak against the dictator. Pedro just wants to real soccer ball, not this silly one with blue dots on it. His parents don’t answer his questions.

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He knows that his parents list Pedro is nine years old and lives in Chile with his parents. I remember studying what a dictatorship was in school, but I do not remember reading any stories about what it was like for a young person to live in this kind of country. When he is asked to write the compositions, he remembers what his parents and his neighbor have experienced. Dictatorship crushes individuality and safety of a nation of people.

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 clmposicion to write libto composition about what their family does at night. What will Pedro write about in his essay? It takes place in an undisclosed Spanish speaking country. And, in the process, he shares little moments in the lives of families during this scary time.