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 Grotke™ auntie/ate aesthetic was revealed and so, I have to make sure the child doesn’t become a jerk. 😄

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-conformance  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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