Aklat Adarna Volume Two – storybook for preschoolers
I loved reading our Adarna books when I was a kid, one of my favorites was “Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum”, I especially liked looking at the drawings/artwork. We attended the Homeschooling Conference last month and Adarna House was there. I was so excited when I saw that the stories I read were still in circulation, we bought Aklat Adarna volume two because “Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum” is in that volume. Luckily, they were offering the books at a discounted price so my wife also got some new story books I don’t know about. I enjoyed most of these stories as a kid and I was hoping that my son will enjoy it too.
All of my son’s books were board books prior to this purchase, I was unsure how he would react because we didn’t have a bedtime story every night. It also seemed like he had outgrown his board books because he didn’t spend as much time with them as before. Placing them in a shelf that sometimes get covered also didn’t help. I thought he would not be interested in reading the new story books we got him, but I was really happy that he wanted to listen/read these new story books!
My wife got these baskets for the books and placed them where it’s really accessible to our son. It is now very easy for him to choose a book and ask us to read a story. He is even reading the old board books we used to read when he was a baby.
Aklat Adarna Volume Two
Aklat Adarna stories have different themes and age suitability but is marketed mainly for preschool children. The volume that we bought has a story with a family planning theme, which may be too serious for a toddler to listen to in my opinion. Aklat Adarna volume two has the following stories which you may be familiar with if you read them as a kid:
- Kayo Ba ang Nanay Ko? – a duckling looking for its mother, meeting different birds along the way
- Bilog na Itlog – a round egg bullied for being different
- Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum – dog brothers who have different personalities find a piece of meat
- Ang Pulang Laso – two kittens want to wear the same red ribbon
- Kung Dalawa Kami – a family having more problems as they have more children
These stories are in Filipino so we have to translate it to English when reading the stories to my son (my son’s developmental pediatrician recommended to stick to one language when my son was diagnosed with GDD, it seems English is easier to learn than Filipino) but they are quite easy to translate even in another dialect. Some issues I have with this volume are on the last two stories: “Ang Pulang Laso” is a nice story for teaching male and female to kids but I disagree how it is presented. I mean, if your male cat wants to wear a big red ribbon then let him wear it! He will still be as cute! But kidding aside, I think you should let your child wear whatever kind of clothing he or she wants to wear no matter what society wants your child to wear. Our clothing does not define who we are, we just want to look nice. “Kung Dalawa Kami” seems too depressing for a preschooler and I feel that the last line would make a child in a big family feel some resentment – “Kung dalawa kami,” naisip ko. “Pamilya nami’y di magkakaganito.” [sic]
I am still excited to get the other Aklat Adarna volumes for my son, and I am looking forward to the time when we can discuss the issues in these stories together. Volume Four seems to have a nice collection of stories, just look at the cover page! How about you? Which Adarna story was your favorite as a kid?
You can find Adarna books at the bookstore or you can order online now.