Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I enjoy learning about other cultures.
All About the Philippines
Written by Gidget Roceles Jimenez
Illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano
64 pages – ages 7+
Published by Tuttle Publishing on October 13th, 2015
Theme/Topic- Philippines culture
Genre- Nonfiction / Multicultural
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “My name is Mary Ong… My name is Jaime Lopez… My name is Ari Abaza…Together we are a perfect blend, just like the Filipino people.“
Synopsis from the Publisher: “All About the Philippines takes you on an incredible journey across the colorful island nation of the Philippines with Mary, Jaime and Ari—three Filipino cousins who look totally different and yet are the best of friends. You’ll visit their homes, their schools, their families, their favorite places, and much more. They’ll show you how kids in different parts of the Philippines come from many different ethnic groups and have very different cultures—each with its own traditions, languages and beliefs…and yet, they are all 100% Filipino!“
What I Thought- First of all, I love that the book has three kids giving you a tour of life in the Philippines, and that, while they look nothing alike, are all related through their mothers! It captures the diversity and flavor of the Philippines. Ms. Dandan-Albano’s illustrations really bring the culture to life and perfectly compliment the educational value of the text. The illustrations make the reading fun. I recommend this book to older children, as it is twice the length of a traditional picturebook or for parents and teachers looking to do units on different countries. The book is packed full of activities, not just facts.
Activities and Resources-
As I said in my review, the book provides it’s own activities. Some of the book’s activities are described on the publisher’s website (click HERE). Here is he list –
- Join Mary, Jaime and Ari to see the how earthquakes, typhoons and other natural events can be scary and yet also make the islands beautiful and full of life.
- Check out Filipino games, and make your own sipa—the Philippines’s version of a hacky-sack.
- Experience the festivals and foods of various different cultures found in the Philippines, and try a few easy recipes.
- Make a parol—a Filipino holiday decoration that you can enjoy all year long.
- Learn about the conquistadors and traders who came to these islands many centuries ago.
- Learn how peoples who speak very different languages can communicate easily when they meet.
- And a lot more!
Along with these activities, there are songs, recipes and crafts.
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