Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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My child loves the part that explains some vocabulary
lifted from this country's vernacular.
Besides that,it is also entertaining.
Amazon's service was great. We requested 2-day delivery, and our entire order (not just this book) was delivered promptly on the second day.
"TUK-O! TUKO! TUKO! TUKO!" My, word, what on earth was that hideous noise? All the birds ventured their guesses, but no one suspected it was another living creature. They thought it was everything from a volcano to a monster. It was a dreadful Tuko gecko whose name was as annoying as his song. The birds became restless, the village unsettled. Every time Tuko ate something he was trouble. "I ALWAYS call five times after I eat something." Oh, my . . . how were they ever going to get rid of him?
This Filipino legend has been passed down and told for many generations. This is the type of story that, of course, storytellers love. It would be a wonderful story to read to read during a classroom story time, especially if you are a talented and peppy sort of person who enjoys imitating sounds. I loved the colorful art work and certainly was curious as to how the birds would get rid of that pest. As they say in the Phillipines, "Bahala na" "Whatever happens, happens." I think you'll enjoy this lively and amusing tale!
AAGH! How to get Tuko to move somewhere else? Not only are the birds suffering from lack of sleep, so are the people. Haribon, the eagle, has some ideas but at first nothing works. What does he do in the end to "persuade" Tuko to go live somewhere else?
Our kids LOVE this book and laugh out loud in several places. Enjoy!