Gorgeously illustrated and written for Filipino children, these books will be a delight for young readers.
For ages 1 year old and up
Tagu-taguan: A Counting Book in Filipino
This book helps young toddlers learn how to count… in Filipino. The book counts backwards from ten to one, with delightful little insects hiding in the leaves and grass. All the pictures are gorgeously illustrated (and written) by Jomike Tejido. Moms and kids will have a great time playing “I Spy” while practicing math skills and Filipino. It’s perfect for kids growing up in a bilingual home. This book retails at Php 175 and is available at all major bookstores.
For ages 4 to 8 years old
The Adventures of Gabby Ghas: Palay-Bigas-Kanin
This picture book was the result of a “Rice is Life” contest conducted by the Asia Rice Foundation and the Alpha Phil Omega service Sorority, in collaboration with the Department of Education. This is also Tahanan Books’ first picture book on rice, their 2009 entry at Manila’s International Book Fair. Gabby Ghas is a tiny grain of palay looking for his place in the world. The story follows Gabby’s exciting adventure as he is milled, hulled, sold in a market and finally, eaten by a hungry boy. The story book details the hidden science behind the sustained production of the world’s most widely eaten staple food (and one that’s a perennial favorite on Pinoy plates). This is great for curious kids, especially those who keep asking “how” and “why” questions.
The book is written by Virna Karla A. Sebastian, Erika Thea H. Ajes and Aya M. Arce. It’s illustrated by Eisen Bernard V. Bernardo. This book retails at Php 175.00 and is available at all major book stores. It’s also available from The Asian Rice Foundation, Los Baños, Laguna 4031, Philippines, Tel/Fax: 63-49-536-2285. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit their website at www.asiarice.org .