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The Composition

Written by Antonio Skarmeta • Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano

For students in grades - 3 | Published March 05, 2003 | ISBN 9780888995506
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

Cover of The Composition

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36 pages | 8.000 in × 9.000 in
Print Format

About this book

The Composition

Antonio Skarmeta • Alfonso Ruano

Winner of the UNESCO Tolerance Awarda 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.

About the Creators

Antonio Skarmeta

Antonio Skarmeta is a Chilean writer. His fiction has won many awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide and in 2011 his novel Los dias del arco iris won the Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de America de Narrativa.

Alfonso Ruano

Alfonso Ruano is the illustrator of The Composition by Antonio Skármeta, winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the UNESCO Tolerance Award and an Américas Award Commended title; Tricycle (El triciclo) by Elisa Amado, a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta, which was featured on many lists, including USBBY’s Outstanding International Books and ALA Notable Children’s Books. After three decades as the art director for Grupo SM, the world’s largest publisher of Spanish-language children’s books, he has left to devote more time to illustration and painting.

Awards and Praise
  • Winner Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2001
  • Commended Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine 100 Greatest Books for Kids, 2012
  • Winner UNESCO Tolerance Award, 2001
  • Winner Americas Award Commended List, 2001