May 06, Vamos a Leer rated it really liked it. We never learn what country this is, but it is a Hispanic culture. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is after he has seen the government take away a friends father for opposing the dictatorship and watching his parents listen anxiously to the radio about freeing comppsition country. The art in this way reflects antnio tension in the text, and the tension that is felt day to day under a dictatorship. Pedro learns more later by asking his parents when he gets home.
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Review by Valerie Nielsen. Pedro is disappointed with the plastic soccer ball his parents give him for his ninth birthday. He had wanted a white leather ball with black patches, like the ones real soccer players use. To Pedro, living in an unidentified Latin American country, life is confusing.
He wonders why the streets of his town are filled with soldiers, and why his mother and father spend every evening listening to the radio. Then, one afternoon in the middle of a soccer game, something terrible happens. He remembers hearing the phrase "military dictatorship" on the radio, and he soon learns that his father is also against the dictatorship. Pedro is worried. Is his father going to be taken away? Is Pedro, himself, against the dictatorship?
His head is " Through the eyes of a sensitive nine-year-old, the author shows readers the struggle of ordinary people to resist a repressive system. Wonderfully detailed full-page illustrations by Spanish artist Alfonso Ruano give the reader a sense of being there.
This is a story which can - and should - be read and discussed with children from grades three through six. It is one of a growing number of picture books in which the author develops a serious theme by placing an appealing young protagonist in a harshly realistic setting. School librarians might well consider purchasing multiple copies of The Composition or using their influence to persuade classroom teachers to buy extras for use in literature circles.
If the excellent explanatory note, entitled "Dictatorship" and found at the end of the book, is presented as an introduction to a reading, discussions should prove even more fruitful. Highly Recommended. Valerie Nielsen is a retired teacher-librarian living in Winnipeg, MB. To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm umanitoba.
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