It has interesting stories about Barney visiting Santa's workshop in the North Pole, and Barney bundling up to play in the snow. They make a snowman, ride a sleigh and decorate a pine tree with food for little forest animals. It's a good book I'm sure but we couldn't relate for obvious reasons. There isn't snow in the tropics. And the closest we could ever get to riding a sleigh is riding a raft in flood waters. Fail.
We got the idea of introducing Malik to books set in the Philippines because of National Children's Book Day in Malik's school.
We didn't know there were so many of these books until now! Some were written as early as the 1980s like Hinlalaki written by National Artist Virgilio Almario. Kasing-tanda ko na ito, bumebenta pa din!
We've so far bought books only from Adarna. Their titles are sold in National Bookstore and in their showroom beside (surprise) Malik's school in Quezon City. But there are plenty of other Filipino childrens' storybooks out there. You're bound to find something that suits your fancy.
Now when we go out, Malik buys storybooks instead of toys. Recent purchases include "Chenelyn, Chenelyn" and "Tiktaktok at Pikpakboom". The habit isn't just educational, it saves us money too. Imagine that.
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