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Set in Latin America, young Pedro and his friends witness fathers being taken away by soldiers. They came home, they are, they listened to the radio, they went to bed. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mar 31, Margaret Boling rated it really liked antpnio Shelves: Appropriate for Ages Lists with This Book. The art reads almost like snapshots, slices from a day here and there, where people keep their true feelings hidden.

People Pedro knows are being taken away by the government. I wonder if this has to deal with the translation, rather than the original voice of the author. But something is wrong: Although this could be a book that can be read to younger students, I think this is a book that would suit middle elementary school aged students the best.

Honestly, I had to take a closer glance to understand how younger children in other countries may be forced to deal with issues nonexistent or masked in the United States. His parents don’t answer his questions. Inhe qntonio a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.

Along with the texts, illustrations tell readers much information about time period and geographical details. Pedro is a nine-year-old boy living in a country that is run by a dictatorship. His parents secretly listen to radio broadcasts that speak against the dictator.


We recommend this book for the classroom as it handles these tough issues with care. 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. How can he write the essay and protect his parents? Want to Read saving…. Nov 09, Kelly O’toole rated it really liked it Shelves: Sadly many children have to face war and they are unable to do much for their loved ones who are affected.

I think this book is significant because students should be aware of other cultures and how different government systems affects people. 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.

Mar 13, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pedro likes to play soccer and wishes his parents would buy him a real soccer ball. The only problem is that his parents listen to the radio and are against the dictatorship.

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The text beyond the dialogue conveys the story with the honest voice of a young person. News and information are censored by the government and soldiers, so his parents should listen to the radio quietly. The Composition begins with the story of young Pedro feeling upset because he did not receive a soccer ball for his birthday. Over time, Pedro learns about his own and his family’s beliefs about the government. It explains dictatorship in such a great way.

This book could produce some good discussion if read in the classroom. The author is trying too hard to be funny, somber, and to make a point.

I know many countries in South America are ruled by powerful leaders, but was not sure which ones have dictatorships. For instance, some illustrations show readers the time periods by describing an old radio.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. This leads Pedro to begin a conversation with librp in which he discovers that they skrameta also against the dictatorship. Zntonio is a powerful book. Pedro struggles with what to write.


The images also show the results of the oppression that Pedro and his loved ones experience.

Pedro is a boy who shows normal qualities throughout, loving so This story captures the intense, serious topic of dictatorship and forms the circumstance from the perspective of a typical child. Throughout history children have told their stories through writing and art.

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Yet there is an honesty to it, moments that show how actions convey meaning when we don’t have the words. Each night his parents secretly listen to the radio, as part of a resistance movement.

The story ends with Pedro writing an “untruthful” composition in an effort to conceal his parents’ antagonistic resistance to the dictatorship.

Soccer defines his life, as it does for many young boys in Latin America. These emotions connect the reader to the text, helping the visualizing of the characters and their happenings to be strengthened.

Sep 24, Genie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Illustrations by AlfonsoRuano are colorful and realistic, enjoyable with the story. This was a real issue that occurred outside of the US that our students should be educated on. It can start conversations of dictatorship, governmental power, and oppression.