Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Filipino Friends

Title: Filipino Friends
Author: Liana Romulo
Illustrations: Corazon Dandan-Albano
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (December 15, 2006

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 “Filipino Friends,” written by Liana Romulo and illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano, is an excellent book about a Filipino-American boy named Sam. On his first visit to his home country, the Philippines, the author shows the Filipino culture through Sam’s eyes. Through illustrations and text, children reading this book will gain a great deal of knowledge about the Filipino heritage and lifestyle. Included in the story are recipes, music, and various Filipino customs. Also, readers of this story will gain new vocabulary because the book contains English and Filipino translations. “Filipino Friends” gives students great background knowledge on Filipino individuals, as well as instilling a sense of pride and tradition in the Filipino culture.

Self-Love and Knowledge
This story represents my element because it is about a boy named Sam moving back from the United States to his home country, the Philippines. This book teaches the students about who Sam is and where he came from. It shows a strong sense of dignity and pride in his culture, and from this book students can learn about the positive aspects of a new culture.

How I’d use this book:
            I’d use this book as a prime example of how different cultures are. “Filipino Friends” includes various Filipino recipes, music, and translated vocabulary words for the children to learn. This book introduces students to a specific culture, and allows them to appreciate what the Philippines are about. Also, this story allows children to have respect for their culture and where they come from, wherever that may be! 

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