Filipino childrens books

Filipino Kids Books 5

Season’s greetings readers, are you in the holiday mood?

I must admit that I didn’t get my pet anything and should technically buy some gift bags. But I am just not going to go out in this weather and deal with the crowds. My dad gives Charlie more presents than me anyway, and I probably won’t see the people that need bags until the new year! So, I think I can get away with it. 😁

I probably should be posting some holiday-related content, but this is just the way the cookie crumbles, baby! I recorded a bunch of videos months ago, but photo and video editing is the bane of my existence. So I’m just getting to them when I do. Something kind of Christmas-related will be posted next week!

If you’re new here, I’m a Filipino-American that did not have a community with the best self-esteem and therefore, esteem toward their community! Instilling such lessons was not valued. So when my brother and his wife had a baby, my Miss Grotkeβ„’ auntie/ate aesthetic was revealed and so, I have to make sure the child doesn’t become a jerk. πŸ˜„

Juan Tamad

On the surface, it makes sense to dissuade laziness. However, in a hyper-capitalistic society where everyone is competing and trying to win favor with/for privilege, I’m concerned about non-conformanceΒ  to such attitudes especially by a child being written off as laziness.

Juan Tamad (Lazy Juan) is about a young boy that seems like he doesn’t do any work. We see the results of him not picking guava until it falls (ants) and not bringing dinner home, but I’m not sure if he learns his lesson as the book just ends with the moral.

Can someone like a child be lazy? Of course. But I also think that they’re especially vulnerable to not being understood when they may not have the language, experience, or resources to address their own well-being. Dismissing someone as “lazy” doesn’t address any underlying issue, puts the blame on them, and does that whole narc and “notice me” thing. It’s like calling the authorities for the most minor inconvenience instead of developing a community that takes care of one another rather than punishing. I guess you could say it’s… lazy. 😎

Filipino childrens books

Masaya Ako!

Masaya Ako! (I’m Happy) is a board Adarna book like Masayang Magtanim! and Kayang-kaya! in my first review. It illustrates different emotions and is in English and Tagalog. Pretty useful but may be difficult to buy outside of the Philippines. I borrowed this copy from the library which was on the other side of the country!

The Little Red Hen

When I first started this series, I didn’t set specific parameters like solely Filipino authors and didn’t think about books that were translated. This story is about a hen that wants to make some bread and asks all the other farm animals to help with every step. They all claim they’re busy until it’s time to eat, but the hen only shares her bread with those who helped her.

The Little Red Hen is probably the lesson I wanted from Juan Tamad. But I think that from now on I’m going to try to avoid translated books because technically, I could just end up with Harry Potter, right? While that might be cool, it’s not really the reason I’m doing this.


Title Juan Tamad Masaya Ako! The Little Hen
Author Rene Villanueva L.R. Hen
Illustrator Jo Ann Bereber Yasmin Doctor Jago
Publisher Lampara Adarna Mantra Lingua
Year 2002 2013 2005
Language Tagalog & English Tagalog & English Tagalog & English
Level 3rd grade baby 3rd-4th grade
Recommended Not really Sure! Depends

Not 100% sure on that Hen author and illustrator but that’s what it says. If just a translated story is fine for you, go ahead, but if you’d like something more culture-related, check out my past reviews!

FKB 4 + Better World Books Review
Filipino Kids Books 3
Filipino Kids Books 2
New Series: Filipino Kids Books

Hope everyone is having happy holidays and new year!


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Survey Sites That Give Back!

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Hello there readers, for what are you waiting?

I know that I actually just posted about online survey sites that pay in gift cards. But since it was Giving Tuesday last week, I really should have posted this! Did you participate? I’ll list who I donated to after the Contentβ„’, and perhaps you’ll accept my excuse of being late of having to deal with the bank flagging my card πŸ˜…

Some links may be referral links.

Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost allows you redeem your survey points to a donation to the American Red Cross.

Springboard America

Springboard pays out in $50 intervals. One way you could have this paid out is a payment to Doctors Without Borders or Unicef.


Swagbucks offers a number of charities you can donate toward including:

  • Save the Children
  • The Humane Society
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Smile Train and
  • ALS Association (you know, like what your Ice Bucket Challenges were supposed to go toward!)
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One day I will update my money tag with something more substantial


In Lifepoints‘s rewards catalogue, they only list the Special Olympics. But I could’ve sworn that when I’ve cashed out (by Paypal) previously, they would ask if I’d like to add on a dollar toward Unicef. I suppose that was an old system.


The minimum you can cash out on E-Poll by Paypal or other payments is $5. But if you’d like you donate your points, you can redeem them at an amount a little lower. You can choose to help St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or the National Wildlife Federation.

Valued Opinions

On Valued Opinions, you can put your points toward a donation to Unicef.

Some panels offer small increments you can send, but don’t worry if you’d prefer to be paid with money so you can determine yourself how much to donate and where. This is what I like to do because I like to support smaller and local organizations. Another idea is to receive Amazon gift cards which you could use for yourself, but some groups may have wishlists.

This year I donated to the Miami Tenants Union, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Tulong Kabataan Volunteer Network, and Caritas Manila. The Union will go toward getting some livable conditions, the Koala Hospital for those Australian fires, and Tulong/Caritas for the recent quake and typhoon in the Philippines. I know that the Port Macquarie GoFundMe really exceeded its goal, but I tried to donate to another group and my card got flagged 😩 I guess for international use? So I learned that there’s automated prompts you have to go through to approve purchases like if you call and want to hear your last transactions. The future is weird.