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Filipino Children's Favorite Stories Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.; Hardcover with Jacket edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 962593765X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9625937656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-A compilation of 13 short folktales, many of them classics of the Filipino culture. Many of the themes are universal in nature. Tales of greed and laziness and their consequences, nature's ways, family love and loyalty, and humorous trickster tales are all included. Many of the selections have counterparts from other cultures. "The Deer and the Snail" is a "Tortoise and the Hare" variant, and children will recognize "The Prince's Bride" as "Beauty and the Beast" with a twist. Others are quite different, such as "Why Mosquitoes Buzz Around Our Ears," which is surprisingly unlike the well-known African tale. "The Battle of the Sea and Sky" is a particularly nice telling of the creation of the Philippine Islands. Each story is accompanied by de Leon's ink-and-watercolor illustrations. The artist has subtly paid tribute to the diversity of the islands by using a variety of styles in the costume, suggestive of the different regions. A lovely addition to folklore collections.

Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Liana Elena Fomula, born in the Philippines, is the proprietor of R&G Publications, a custom-publishing firm based in Manila. She is also a writer and editor specializing in juvenile and young-adult fiction. Fomulo has also worked as an editor and managing editor for a leading publisher of children's mass-market fiction.

Joanne De Leon is an award-winning illustrator who received her B.F.A. from University of Philippines. She currently works as a freelance book illustrator and graphic designer. Her illustrations have appeared in many children's books, including The Termite Queen and Other Classic Philippine Earth Tales and Tiger on the Wall.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was randomly looking for a children's book on the Philippines for my young son, who is half Filipino on his mother's side. I wanted something suitable for a young child, and that would also provide a positive view of Filipino culture and people. I can say unequivocably I found what I wanted in this book. There are charming stories, beautiful illustrations, and a refreshinly positive perspective on an Asian society that is so often viewed for only its economic problems.
After the first story "why mosquitso buzz around our ears", I was captivated by the humor and the small cultural bits within the story. Other stories, like "Alunsina" are majestic creation stories, and shed some insight on pre-Christian beliefs. The themes within the stories are universal (good vs. evil, honest vs. dishonest, lazy vs. diligent, etc.) but it is refreshing to get the lessons from a non-western tradition. There are some cruel incidents (like the giant pulling off the wing of a kindly dragonfly), but less so than in the standard Brothers Grimm.
In short, this is a wonderful instructive book filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations that I would recommend for all parents of young childern, and others interested in cross cultural exposure.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amelia S. on July 21, 2004
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Beautiful illustrations! My 3 year old enjoys looking at the pictures. But, I'm disappointed with the storytelling. I've read many of these stories as a child and wanted to share them with my son. But, I found the style long on words and a bit tedious. Older versions of these tales told in a straight-forward manner made for livelier story-telling. Many of these stories are half as long in older translations than what appears here. I would not recommend this were it not the ONLY easily available book on Filipino stories for children.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Em on September 30, 2005
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Having grown up in the Philippines, I had wonderful memories of reading folk stories in grade school. Though I cannot find our text book that sparked my imagination, this was the best thing I can find. I sometimes even use it as a Sunday school supplement to teach values like honesty, sharing, friendships, and so forth. I always have a captive audience!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire Toney on August 12, 2007
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I bought this book to expose my daughter to her Filipino heritage. The stories are well written and the pictures are colorful. However, I think some of the stories are better for children older than 7 years old. My daughter is five, so some of the things in the stories are hard for her to understand, and some are a little violent for me to read to her for a nighttime story. She does like a few of the stories and enjoys learning from them. I do plan on reading all of the stories to her and her baby brother when they get older. They remind me of the stories that my mother used to tell me when I was a child. I am glad that I bought this book, and would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nanacat in Raleigh NC on January 27, 2008
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Wonderful book of stories! Just right for children to have as they learn about their heritage.
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By nonoy on May 23, 2014
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My two little girls love the book especially reading it to them and gives them something to connect with part of their heritage.
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I bought this book for my cousin's daughter (who is half Filipino). The main reason I bought this gift was 1) I wanted to buy her a book and 2) I couldn't be sure if she already owned or would receive the same Dr. Seuss and Little Golden books everyone else tends to buy. This was a great choice, I didn't read through the book but I saw some stories I had heard before. Since she is sure to grow up hearing stories about Cinderella, etc. I hope she will also treasure these as part of her heritage as she grows up and when she is older.
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I bought this book for my grandson and he loves reading and looking at all of the pictures inside. I am learning with him, too.
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