Yey! Getting the natural high again from books! These are our book finds since the year started:
To reinforce our Filipino and Philippine History learning (and still using literature-based approach) I ordered some children’s books from The Learning Basket and we are so happy with our purchases:
The Golden Loom (Palanca Prize Winners for Children)
back cover of the Golden Loom
A Lolong Time Ago: A Prehistory of the Philippines, Halo-halo Histories (Book 1) by Michelline Suarez, Joonee Garcia, Divine Reyes and Benjor Catindig
We haven’t seriously started on this book yet since we’re still working our way through The Golden Loom but I must commend the creators of this book for their effort to make an otherwise boring subject interesting and funny.
Si Jepoy Dyip at ang Siga ng Bayan by Jomike Tejido
A picture book that comes with fun 3D paper crafts
Read more about this 6-book series here.
Bandila: The Story of the Philippine Flag by Merci Melchor, pictures by Auri Asuncion Yambao
Having slept through all my history classes as a student, I’m sure many historical facts have escaped my attention. In this book about the Philippine flag, I learned many new and interesting things and one of them is that the person who designed our current flag was General Aguinaldo himself, during his exile in Hongkong. Speaking of Aguinaldo, I saw him in a much different light (not a flattering one) after I saw the eye-opening movie, General Luna. 😦
(Last year, we also got the Reader’s Digest Kasaysayan books to better educate ourselves and teach history to our son accurately. The reading level is not for young kids but since the photos are of very good quality, Q enjoys leafing through them. Great for parent-child reading time or as jump-off points for conversations about Philippine history. We also purchased a very well-written and comprehensive book by Raissa Robles about a very important part of Philippine history that every young person needs to know about and every parent should make their kids read to supplement if not correct what’s being taught in schools now using revisionist history textbooks.)
Back home, while taking a respite from our traveling, we visited St. Paul’s and got these:
I do not need to scramble for examples of role models when it comes to teaching my son good values and leading a Christ-like life and taking the path to holiness.
I also got these really inexpensive Emotional and Social Well-being Series booklets. They are short and straight to the point. When I am at my wit’s end in explaining things to a strong-willed 7-year old or just sapped by behavior issues, I pull out one of these for backup :D:
Last but not the least are the books we got from a gold mine of a second-hand bookstore, Booksale!
Barron’s Amazing Fact-packed Fold-out Atlas of the World
I don’t know but there’s something about book foldouts and pop-ups that is so enticing to me. 😀
A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear
the title page
The idea for this book is quite interesting and is detailed on the Introduction page. DaddyO’s not a fan of this book. He agrees that IT IS nonsense. Hahaha
The Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Tomie de Paola
A folktale about the origin of the blue bonnet flower and a story of a little girl’s sacrifice that greatly helped her tribe, the Comanche People. I took extra care in reading and explaining this book’s story to Q as it also depicts the Comanche tribe’s worship of many spirits.
The Magic School Bus Science Exploration and The Magic School Bus Science Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow
To supplement and inject more fun and humor in our Science reading.
Dinosaurs by Gail Gibbons
I gave in to this one because Q said he wanted to copy the drawings. Every time we go out and buy books, Q has to get a dinosaur book which I have already put a limit to because he already has SO MANY dinosaur books and every newly bought dinosaur book offers no new information anymore. I think he pretty much knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs…at least at his age.
I’m Tyrannosaurus! A Book of Dinosaur Rhymes by Jean MArzollo, illustrated by Hans Wilhem
I got this one not because it’s a dinosaur book (although for Q, that’s a plus) but because Q loves making up his own rhymes, songs, and short poems. This might give him some ideas and make up more.
Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
A book about isolation and forming a wrong opinion of other people. It’s a wonderful story about embracing one’s uniqueness despite peer pressure or the need for most people to fit in and sometimes, standing one’s ground with dignity and humility despite ridicule. This is a common occurrence everywhere and even more so among school kids.
I look forward to finding more great books and sharing them here in my future posts. We are also excited for the arrival of our school books from Kolbe Academy (and some interesting ones from Amazon!) and start a new school year. So, that’s another thing to look forward to! Weeee!