First, a few board books for babies and toddlers…Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella is the story of a girl who prays to the Spirit of the Forest for guidance to endure her unkind stepmother. This book is in English.
Tuko and the Birds: A Classic Tale from the Philippines is about Tuko, the gecko who cries so loudly that the birds stop singing and cannot sleep. This book is in English with a few Tagalog words sprinkled in.
Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola (The Extraordinary Hair of Grandma) is a book in two languages — Filipino / Tagalog and English.
The Turtle and the Monkey is based on a popular folk story in the Philippines about a smart turtle and a greedy monkey. This book is entirely in English.
Haluhalo Espesyal is a picture book in Tagalog and English. Can Lola Itang’s enchanted kitchen restore Jackie’s healthy, happy self? This book is recommended for children ages six to seven.
The Filipino Language Commission has promulgated the proper spelling of this icy hodge-podge as haluhalo and not halo-halo.
Lakas and the Manilatown Fish (Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown) is a bilingual book about Lakas, a Filipino boy who has a dream about a fish that can talk.
Filipino Friends features Sam, a Filipino-American boy visits the Philippines for the very first time. With this book, children learn Tagalog words as well as the differences between Western and Filipino lifestyles.
Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories is a compilation of 13 short folktales that are classics in Filipino culture.
Cora Cooks Pancit is about a little girl who loves being in the kitchen. One day she actually gets to help her Mom cook the Filipino noodle dish.
Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel (Si Lakas at ang Makibaka Hotel) is about how the young Lakas helps his neighbors stand together to keep their home, the Makibaka Hotel, which the landlord is selling.
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