Acacio-Flore, Lin. The Quarreling Kites. Makati City: Tahanan Books, 2000.
Big Kite teaches Little Kite a lesson on humility and brotherhood. Only when Big Kite gets lost did Little Kite appreciate these values.
Anonuevo, Rebecca. Ang Bisikleta ni Momon. Quezon City: Adarna House, 1997.
Momon’s bike is old and rusty, but it is his prized toy. Learning how to ride the bike gave him bumps and bruises, but it made him value the old bike all the more.
Anonuevo, Rebecca. Ang Mahiyaing Manok. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2000.Onyok is a shy rooster who could not crow. To overcome his shyness, his parents gave him all the encouragement he needs. He soon found his voice and his self confidence. The writer’s use of onomatopoeia has been most effective to characterize Onyok and the change in his character.
Anonuevo, Victoria. Ang Paaralan ni Fuwan. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2002.
Fuwan is torn between going to school and helping in the rice field. After being absent for several days from school, he missed his classmates and teachers. Upon his class’ surprise visit, his father realized how important going to school meant for him. Finally, he was allowed to go to school.
Anonuevo, Victoria. Ang Tikbalang Kung Kabilugan ng Buwan. Quezon City:
A tikbalang searches for a nocturnal playmate. Not one enchanted being wanted to play with him until he met his own kind. Written in Filipino and in lyrical poetic form, the story offers aural delight to the listening young learner if read aloud.
Bellen, Christine. Filemon Mamon. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2004.
Filemon is bent on losing weight so he can play Andres Bonifacio in the school play. With hard work and discipline, he realized the sacrifices he must take to be physically fit. Bellen’s narrative is simple and funny, but sticks to the real issues on obesity.
Bellen, Christine. Ang Parusa ng Dewende. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2004.
Tias is a lucky boy to have won in a lottery. He is even luckier to have an uncanny friend who protected him from his cruel masters. Retold from the original of Severino Reyes’ Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang, the rewritten tale is tailored for younger readers.
Bellen, Chritsine. Rosamistica. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2004.
Rosamistica works for her greedy and cruel aunt and uncle. Given a meager allowance for Chritsmas, she donated it to a beggar. Her kindness saw her through a greater reward.
Bersola – Babao, Christine. Bryan Learns A Lesson. Makati City: Goodwill
Bookstore, 2004.Bryan has everything any boy would want-toys, clothes, food, a yaya who does his biddings. However, he is lazy & ungreateful. In a dream, he lost many things his parents has provided for him.
Canon, Christine. Bakit Matagal Ang Sundo Ko/ Why Is Mommy Late? Quezon
City: Adarna House, 2001.A little girl patiently waits for mom to fetch her after school. When all the kids have gone home, she resolved to imagine the possible reasons why her mother is late in fetching her. And what imagination can do on a bored little child.
Chong, Grace. Teo’s Trash. Mandaluyong City: OMF Literature, 2003.
What is old can be made new and what is new can be beautifully old and rare. In this story, Chong explores the natural curiosity present in all children through her favorite character, Teo. His fondness for old things earned him a feature in a TV show.
Eusebio-Abad, Heidi Emily. Polliwog’s Wiggle. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2004.
Polliwog is worried of growing up because he might lose his friend, Minnow.
Evasco, Eugene. Hilong Talilong. Quezon City: LG & M Corporation, 2005.
A loving aunt helped her nephew survive ADHD.
Evasco, Eugene. Apat na Mata. Quezon City: LG & M Corporation, 2005.
A little boy had trouble seeing the (real) beauty of the world. Thanks to a new pair of glasses, he could see clearly & appreciate his sense of sight.
Fernandez, Regina. Celia Studious & Conrad Cat. Quezon City: Adarna House,
Conrad the cat tries his best to influence Celia into not attending school day after day. But, Celia won’t give in. Finally, she told Conrad all the wonderful things & fun activities she does in school.
Flores-Garcia, Annette. I Want My Yaya. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2002.
Blesilda’s yaya left her & she had to deal with different yayas with strange habits. Eventually, she learned how to take care of herself.
Gatmaitan, Luis. Si Miyaw Kasi. Makati City: UNICEF, 2002.
Nancy takes care of cat foundlings while her parents are away. What her parents could not provide her, she gave he foundlings.
Hermosa, Nemah. Uldok: The War Hero. Quezon City: LG & M, 2005.
Set in World War II Philippines, a family hid in the mountains for safety. They left their pet dog to guard their house in the village in case Japanese soldiers come to look for them. One visit to their house after months in hiding led them to a depressing discovery.
Ibardolaza, Honoel. The Greediest of Rajas & The Whitest of Clouds. Quezon
City: Adarna House, 2004.
Greed has pushed the Rajah to the height of corruption. Greed drove him to his own demise.
Lalunio,Lydia. Si Munting Uod. Quezon City: LG & M Corporation, 2003.
Little caterpillar eats a lot to turn into a beautiful butterfly.
Pacis, Carla. Hipon and Biya. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2004
Hipon and Biya are friends. They share a home in a little coral among the coral reefs. What Hipon can’t do, Biya is there to help out and vice-versa. A well written concept story on symbiosis, the writer’s knowledge of subject matter reflects the thorough research that went through in producing such an insightful tale.
Patindol, Jean. Papa’s House, Mama’s House. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2004.
Mama explains, with patience, compassion & tolerance, the reasons for her separation from Papa. Using not too complicated words for a child to understand.
Rivera, Augie. XILEF. Quezon City: Adarna House, 2000.
Felix is a young boy afflicted with dyslexia. Through the support of his parents & his teachers’ commitment to teach him, he eventually learned how to read & earned his self-esteem.
Rizal, Jose P. The Monkey and The Turtle: A Philippine Folk Tale. Makati City:
Tahanan Books for Young People, 2003.
Monkey tries outsmarting Turtle. Apparently, Turtle is too smart to be tricked.
Rivera, Augie. Si Jhun-Jhun Noong Bago Ideklara Ang Batas Militar. Quezon City:
Adarna House, 2001.
Jhun-Jhun grew up all too soon upon his older brother’s involvement with rallies before the martial law years.
Suplico, Ma. Teresa. Dalawang Puyo. Quezon City: JMC Press, 2001.
Having two cowlicks can be unlucky? Or so old people believed. A little boy ruminates the meaning of having two cowlicks instead of one.
Tejido, Jose Miguel. Ang Pambihirang Sombrero: The Amazing Hat. Quezon City:
Adarna House, 2003.
Min’s creativity leads her to wonderful encounters with people in her community. Thanks to an old hat that served as her inspiration.
Unson, Ricardo. Bahay Ng Marami’t Masasayang Tinig. Quezon City: Adarna
Palasia heard happy voices in a small house while working away from the market place. Intrigued, she and her brother observed the activities and were soon invited by the school teacher.
Villanueva, Rene. Ang Barumbadong Bus. Quezon City: Adarna House, 1999.Kas, a speedy bus, is an allegory for the careless and insensitive driver. He does not observe traffic rules and disobeys safety precautions. This uncouth behavior led to an accident that Kas could never undo.
Villanueva, Rene. The Zimbragatzees of the Planet Zing. Quezon City: Lampara
The Zimbragatzees lost their fantastic noises due to pollution and environmental decay.