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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He did what he could to keep his parents safe, which potential saved their lives. This is a well written children’s book which can be used with upper level students. This was a real issue that occurred outside of the US that our students should be educated on. Even though he does not understand fully what is happening,he understands that people are being treated unfairly. One day, the government sends a soldier to ask the ljbro to write a composition. When I began reading, I was confused as to what skar,eta 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.

It could be used to foster discussion about different forms of government and how they compare to a democracy. It also could spark a debate about making difficult choices. Dictatorship crushes individuality and safety of a nation libgo people. However, the author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so he probably left the country out so as to avoid trouble. The protagonist of wkarmeta story writes a fictional tale of what his family does thus saving his family from harm.

The note at the end of the book explains dictatorship and the challenges that people face when living under it. I think the antoonio would have had a greater impact on me if it had been set in a specific country. The only problem is that his parents listen to the radio and liibro against the dictatorship.


This book tells the tale of all these frightening measures from the perspective of a child whose family and friends secretly resist the dictatorship. The story reminds us that children understand the world better than we give them credit for, and they can, in their way, help make choices for change. Is he for or against military dictatorship? Appropriate for Ages However, composicoin author is from Chile, which has been ruled by dictators, so Young Pedro lives in a country run by a dictator.

When he is asked to write the compositions, he remembers what his parents and his neighbor have experienced. They use the children to tell on their parents and encourage and reward people who reveal what they are doing. This is the story of Pedro, who lives in a South American country it was originally published in Venezuela under a dictatorship.

While reading I was wondering if the author had any specific country in mind while he was writing the book. 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.

Pedro knows his father supports the resistance, but Pedr Set in Latin America, young Pedro and his friends witness fathers being taken away by soldiers. He wants to win the prize a gold medal and a sash of the flag colorshe also is wise enough to know that he cannot reveal what his parents do at night. What a brilliant little book!

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The pictures in this book implicitly say what isn’t said in the text, having so many symbols and so skar,eta elements that bring upon deep discussion. This story captures the intense, serious topic of dictatorship and forms the circumstance from the perspective of a typical child. He also knows that the army police came and took away his friend Daniel’s father.

Several of the “funny” parts could have been left out to make a stronger story. He sees his parents listening intently to the radio each evening to a far away voices that are difficult for him to understand.


Pedro, nine, is very good at soccer, has an easy life, goes to school, does his homework, wishes he had a real soccer ball rather skarmetx the cheaper one he owns. The country that the protagonist, Pedro, lives in is ruled by a dictator.

I just wish that more kids were as clever as Pedro.

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It opens up a plethora of extensions and is such a great international book that every classroom library, school library, public library, and so forth should carry to bring those issues to the minds of many readers. One day an army captain comes to his school and ask the students to write a composition about “What my family does at night”.

Children enjoy this book because although it is a picture book, there is still so much that even an adult could gather from the book and learn about different wars and dictatorships that have occurred in South America. This book presents a balance between realism and relating the material in a child-friendly fashion. This is a great book showing how people living under a dictatorship can be controlled.

What My Family Does at Night. Sep 24, Genie rated it it was amazing Shelves: His parents work during the day and spend their nights huddled around the radio listening to news broadcasts. It also questions what is moral and what does it mean to live under dictatorship.

I read it aloud to my seventh grade language arts students. They ask each child to write a composition about what their families do at night.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It is about a young boy named Pedro, whose main interest is in soccer, but is faced with such a heavy decision at school one day when he must ultimately rat out what his parents do at home at night.