Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review: FILIPINO CELEBRATIONS


In Part Two of my series of book reviews for Multicultural Children’s Book Day (#ReadYourWorld), I’ll be reviewing FILIPINO CELEBRATIONS by Liana Romulo, illustrated by Corzaon Dandan-Albano. The publisher is Tuttle Publishing.

I was gifted a copy of this book so I could provide an honest review. I believe it’s a wonderful way to help promote diverse books and support the mission of MDBD.

Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals

This book is packed with information about how major holidays and events are celebrated in the Philippines, as well as many local festivals held throughout the year in different parts of the country. There are references to the origins of the events and practices, which include Muslim, Spanish, Christian, and Chinese influences from the country’s history. An introduction includes an explanation of the historical influences, which is very helpful.

Fun activities for kids included

Throughout the book many of the main words and phrases are given Tagalog translations, step-by-step instructions for a few crafts and a couple of simple recipes. There’s also a glossary included in the back for a handful of key words.

A recipe for pastillas de leche

The book would make a great reference for classrooms wanting to share a range of customs from different cultures around the world. Children with Filipino roots (or who have an interest in learning about the country and its customs) will find a wealth of information in the book. Some of the traditions shown cover events that are familiar to most children, such as birthdays, weddings, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. But all will show the practices unique to Filipinos.

In addition are many celebrations found only in the Philippines. Many towns organize a festival around a patron saint or historic event. There are so many festivals, there could easily be something happening every month in various parts of the country. Other celebrations cover the entire country, such as Independence Day and the Flowers of May.

This is the kind of book kids will return to over and over again. It is so packed with information, it’s easy to discover something new each time.  


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