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This unusual book for children is illustrated by that incredibly facile artist Alberto F. Gallado whose talents in magazine, book design and illustrating were first honed in the old and defunct Philippines Herald and Manila Times. From there, he became Art Director of The Asia Magazine and subsequently a series of publishing firms in Hong Kong, including Asian Finance, This unusual book for children is illustrated by that incredibly facile artist Alberto F. Gallado whose talents in magazine, book design and illustrating were first honed in the old and defunct Philippines Herald and Manila Times. From there, he became Art Director of The Asia Magazine and subsequently a series of publishing firms in Hong Kong, including Asian Finance, Ltd., Pacific Communications, Ltd., Communication Management Ltd., and Flair Publishing Asia Ltd., before returning to Manila, where he has held several one-man exhibitions of his paintings, the most recent of which was a collection of pen and ink drawings. Bert Gallardo's flair for drawing recommends this book to young artists. These four stories as crafted by the country's foremost novelist are meant for children but in reality, they are also for adults. Readers will find in these stories the author's familiar themes as depicted in his longer fiction. F. Sionil Jose's latest distinction comes from Chile—The Pablo Neruda Centennial Award.


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This unusual book for children is illustrated by that incredibly facile artist Alberto F. Gallado whose talents in magazine, book design and illustrating were first honed in the old and defunct Philippines Herald and Manila Times. From there, he became Art Director of The Asia Magazine and subsequently a series of publishing firms in Hong Kong, including Asian Finance, This unusual book for children is illustrated by that incredibly facile artist Alberto F. Gallado whose talents in magazine, book design and illustrating were first honed in the old and defunct Philippines Herald and Manila Times. From there, he became Art Director of The Asia Magazine and subsequently a series of publishing firms in Hong Kong, including Asian Finance, Ltd., Pacific Communications, Ltd., Communication Management Ltd., and Flair Publishing Asia Ltd., before returning to Manila, where he has held several one-man exhibitions of his paintings, the most recent of which was a collection of pen and ink drawings. Bert Gallardo's flair for drawing recommends this book to young artists. These four stories as crafted by the country's foremost novelist are meant for children but in reality, they are also for adults. Readers will find in these stories the author's familiar themes as depicted in his longer fiction. F. Sionil Jose's latest distinction comes from Chile—The Pablo Neruda Centennial Award.

30 review for Molave and the Orchid and Other Children's Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    The pages of this gorgeous children's book are that of a regular (8-1/2" x 11") coupon bond. The simple illustrations by Alberto F. Gallardo come as detachable pages that can be colored by crayons by your child. The size of the pages and the uncluttered illustrations make this book suitable for group live storytelling sessions. There are 4 stories included in this children's book: 1) Dalipawen. - 5 STARS F. Sionil Jose, one of the National Artists of the Philippines was born and grew up in a town The pages of this gorgeous children's book are that of a regular (8-1/2" x 11") coupon bond. The simple illustrations by Alberto F. Gallardo come as detachable pages that can be colored by crayons by your child. The size of the pages and the uncluttered illustrations make this book suitable for group live storytelling sessions. There are 4 stories included in this children's book: 1) Dalipawen. - 5 STARS F. Sionil Jose, one of the National Artists of the Philippines was born and grew up in a town in Pangasinan called Rosales. So, most of his books have this town as a setting. In this particular story, he made us of a dalipawen (fire tree) that could be seen in a forking road located in a village called Carmay. According to F. Sionil he heard this story, a true story, from his grandfather who also heard it from own grandfather. That grandfather's grandfather was no other than Dalin's (the dead dumped girlfriend in the story) only son conceived from that evening of remembrance and undying love. The storytelling is crisp and the plot is heart-pinching but I am not sure whether it is suitable for small children because it has a love scene. I found the use of the leather shoes very original. 2) The Molave and the Orchid. - 4 STARS I love the transformation of the Molave tree from being self-centered to caring. What taught him the ways to love is the innocent orchid that one stormy day gets hooked to the tree's branch. The story felt like a combination of the ethereal beauty of Saint Antoine de Exupery's The Little Prince (3 stars) and Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree (3 stars) because of its environmental theme. This is suitable for group storytelling. 3) The Moth and the Sunbeam. - 4 STARS This reminded me of the children's story (I forgot the title and the author) of a frog that is wondering what is outside the well. In this story, instead of a frog, there is a moth inside a cave. It also reminded me of Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull (3 stars) because of its moral lesson: that we should not be contented on what the other members' of our own species say we can or cannot do. All of us are special and our talents cannot always be exactly the same. I think the deep meaning of this story can be more appreciated by children ages 10-12 or even young adults. 4) The Fruits of Gaget. - 3 STARS As a father, I was able to relate to his desire to provide for his family. The moral lesson of the story is that we should not be afraid to take risk. However, that moral lesson was not clear because it came at the beginning of the story. What F. Sionil Jose chose to put in the end did not really make sense to me. However, the children could find this magical or fascinating. Thus, I think that this can be suitable for group storytelling. I am currently reading several local children's books suitable for live storytelling. This is because our book club here on Goodreads called Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books will hold a storytelling session with less-fortunate children as our audience at The Museo Pambata (Children's Museum) on May 25, 2013. We will also serve the children some food and leave this book, among many other titles, with them. So I need to know which three books are the best ones for storytelling for me to include them in our group's poll. There are two stories here, #2 and #4 that I think can be read to our invited less fortunate children during the event.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ayban Gabriyel

    This certainly have SPOILERS! Beware! This book consist 4 children's story not really meant for children but for adults. The book was published in the year 2004 but all of these stories have already included in two of F. Sionil Jose's Short story collection. "Dalipawen" and "The Molave Tree and The Orchid" was in Puppy Love and Thirteen Short Stories while "The Moth and the Sunbeam" and "The Fruit of Gaget" were once included in Olvidon And Other Stories, the new published Olvidon was now thicker This certainly have SPOILERS! Beware! This book consist 4 children's story not really meant for children but for adults. The book was published in the year 2004 but all of these stories have already included in two of F. Sionil Jose's Short story collection. "Dalipawen" and "The Molave Tree and The Orchid" was in Puppy Love and Thirteen Short Stories while "The Moth and the Sunbeam" and "The Fruit of Gaget" were once included in Olvidon And Other Stories, the new published Olvidon was now thicker that included some of the stories in Platinum( short story collection). Dalipawen is more like an "Alamat", a story of how-things-came-to-be with a tragic love story. A story of a girl named Dalin, short Magdalena who met an ambitious and forgetful young man who will take his chances and fortune in Manila. Quite a short lived love story, overnight actually. Dalin and the man was caught slept together that night. The boy run promise to come back and left the only precious thing to him, his shoes. Dalin would faithfully wait along side the road waiting for the man to come back holding his shoes but he never did. Then some bad smell was coming from the old Dalin's house. She was discovered dead and alone in her hut, so the neighbor decide to burn the house together with her. And from the ashes came to sprout a tree. It was name after her Dalipawen. Fire Tree. The Molave and the Orchid was a story of love and purpose. Its a story of an old arrogant, strong and sturdy Molave tree and a beautiful orchid who clings in the Molave's trunk. The little Orchid taught the Old Molave how to love and what is purpose. "Work is the logic of life. And sacrifice is the logic of love. You have not worked for anyone, nor sacrificed for anyone. Even to someone as fragile and helpless like me you cannot even be kind. Then was is your purpose? I do not think you know what love is." The Moth and the Sunbeam was my favorite. Its a story of a moth who was fated to die like all moths do seeking the light and sun on endless horizon. But Crep was an old moth bored and have been scared of a painful death. Till he met a young moonbeam who will show him the other side of his known world the cave. Where he will die not just because it is his faith like all the moths in the cave but also because of love. “‎Sometimes we have to lie so that we do not needlessly hurt others. The important thing is that we are honest with ourselves. That we know how to bend without breaking ourselves. -Crepusculo Lepidoptera” The Fruit of Gaget was a lovely story of a native artist who exchanges his paintings for food for his family. Then came a man who would like to buy his works with money and he refuses, he valued food more than any amount of money. Then one day one of his painting came to life. I really love the book not just because of its stories but also because of its illustrations by Bert Gallardo. The illustrated page can also be colored and painted on because it was traced and can be tear.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Biena (The Library Mistress)

    Sure, this really is an unusual book for children. (view spoiler)[This is the only children's book I've read that include words like waylay, whore, etc. (hide spoiler)] Here are my favorite quotes though... "Honesty can be a vice, not a virtue. Sometimes we have to lie so that we do not needlessly hurt others. The important thing is that we are honest with ourselves." - Crep "Work is the logic of life and sacrifice is the logic of love." - Orchid "Beauty is its own excuse for being." - Orchid

  4. 5 out of 5

    Apple Reign

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good Nice

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judah

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