Do the Poxtrot

do-the-pox-rotReview by Gene Daniel M. Floresca, 10
South Crest School of Muntinlupa

Last month, one of my classmates attended class after she had the chicken pox. One week later, I had a fever and wasn’t able to go to school. After two days, small red blisters began appearing on my tummy and back. My body began to itch and I felt pain on the sides of my jaw and under my ears. Mom said they might be caused by swelling of the lymph nodes which happens when people are sick and need to fight off infection.

I didn’t go to school for one whole week and three days because I might infect my other classmates. I was disappointed that I missed out performing in our field demo because of the chicken pox.

It was boring to stay home and I basically have nothing much to do. Good thing mom brought home a book called “Yakk, Bulutong Tubig! (Yuck, Chicken Pox!)” by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan. The story was written in both Filipino and English so not only Filipino kids will be able to understand it. This book was about a little girl named Jaycee who got chicken pox from her cousin Franz. She also had to stay home for many days like me. None of her friends and classmates visited her because they were afraid to get sick too.

Even after her illness, Jaycee did not go out of the house because she has lots of spots on her face and arms. She was ashamed of how she looks. Finally, her cousin Franz came to visit and they enjoyed counting each other’s spots. They also read a lot of books together which helped them pass the time. (Read More)

Book Review: A for Amazing

matanglawinReview by Rufino D. Pamaran III , 7
St. Helena School
Photos By Rudy Liwanag

Do you know the TV show Matanglawin? It’s a nature and adventure show hosted by Kuya Kim, who also gives the weather news. Matanglawin now has three books and they are packed with amazing and awesome stories about what you can find in the Philippines. I liked the books very much. It has lots of pictures. They are however in Filipino, so I had to ask my mama to explain some words to me.

The first book I read was Deadliest Animals in the Philippines. This book is so cool because it gives facts about some animals that you should run away from when you see them. The ones that I am most afraid of are snakes, just like Indiana Jones. The book featured two of the deadliest ones– the King Cobra and the Sea Snake. My mama on the other hand says she is scared of the crocodile the most.

But she and the book say that these creatures are part of nature and that they should not be killed because they also have their purpose.  There is one part in the book where Kuya Kim said that you can rarely find tutubi or dragonflies here in Manila anymore. Well, there are a lot of dragonflies here in my village. That means I am lucky because I still see them. (Read More)

Book Review: One Smart Heart

big-brotherReview by Rufino Pamaran III, 7 of St. Helena School

I am a big brother. I have three brothers: Carmelo, who is 3 years old, Matteo, who is 2 years old, and now we have Alejandro or Ali who just “came out” from my mama (5 months old). Because I am the big brother, I have a lot of responsibilities. It is very hard to be the kuya, because my brothers are very malikot and they don’t follow me.

 

 

I am a big brother. I have three brothers: Carmelo, who is 3 years old, Matteo, who is 2 years old, and now we have Alejandro or Ali who just “came out” from my mama (5 months old). Because I am the big brother, I have a lot of responsibilities. It is very hard to be the kuya, because my brothers are very malikot and they don’t follow me.

But I love them anyway because they help me sometimes. And I have fun when I play with them my favorite game of “where’s kuya?”.

But there’s this book, where the smaller brother is the one who is like the kuya to his older brother. It is called Big Brother. I read it and I liked it a lot. Bunsuy is the smaller brother. And he is really small. He is 10 years old, thin and small, — not like me — but he is also smart and is going to be the valedictorian of his class. His kuya Tinuy is big and round but thinks like a baby even though he is almost grown up. (Read More)