4 Filipino Children's Books about Grandfathers

Four Filipino Children’s Books About Grandfathers

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Hi everyone! Happy Fathers’ Day!

And while we are all greeting our parents, I’d like to pay tribute to the fathers who raised our parents. Yes, our grandfathers!

Once upon a time in an era not so long ago, our grandfathers were one half of the team that raised our parents (ideally, anyway). And so those Dad jokes your Dad seems to have an unlimited supply of? Those were probably inspired or recycled from their own Dads. And also, let’s not forget how some of us probably run to our grandparents whenever we’re having problems with our parents. Or just having problems we’re scared to tell Mom and Dad.

And this is how I thought of making this small tribute for grandfathers everywhere. This Fathers’ Day, let’s not forget to ring up our Grand Dads even if it’s just to greet them and ask them how they’re doing. If you have kids, don’t forget to bring them over to visit their Great Grand Dads on this special day! You know they’ll appreciate it!

4 Filipino Children's Books about Grandfathers

Looking through our children’s library, I realized I had two children’s books about grandfathers. But thanks to Pumplepie’s website, I’ve discovered a few more which I’d like to share here today:

1. Ang Dalawang Haring Siga (Two Macho Kings)

Ang Dalawang Haring Siga

Ang Dalawang Haring Siga is the story of two kings who are also very angry and overprotective grandfathers. These two kings are mad at each other supposedly on behalf of their grandkids. Their fury has led to a war that has practically destroyed both kingdoms. Little do they know that their grandchildren eventually inadvertently become the best of friends. And in the end, it’s these two grandchildren who try to bring an end to their grandfathers’ war!
Ang Dalawang Haring Siga is written by Rene O. Villanueva and re-illustrated by Iori Espiritu. It is available here.

2. Mang Andoy’s Signs (Mister Andoy’s Signs)

Mang Andoy is tasked by the Mayor to create signs instructing citizens to follow rules, offering some rant-like suggestions. Mang Andoy finishes the project as the Mayor asked, but is dissatisfied with the tone of his signs. He decides to rephrase them to make them less snarly. The result is a happy community (his granddaughter included) that finds his signs inspiring, thus teaching the importance of manners and making requests in a respectful manner.
Mang Andoy’s Signs is written by Mailin Paterno and illustrated by Isabel Roxas. It is available here.

3. Arroz Caldo ni Lolo Waldo (Grandpa Waldo’s Rice Broth)

This Filipino children’s book is the story of Lolo Waldo’s amazing Arroz Caldo. When the narrator’s father lost his job, he and his grandfather decided to help out by selling Arroz Caldo. Thanks to diligence and of course, the especially delicious Arroz Caldo, the family slowly overcame their financial crisis.
Arroz Caldo ni Lolo is written by Becky Santos-Gerodias and illustrated by Bernadette Solina-Wolf. It is available here.

4. Ang Mga Lambing ni Lolo Ding (Grandpa Ding’s Endearments)

Lolo Ding may be gone, but the lessons he has taught his grandchildren through his endearing ways will never be forgotten.
Ang Mga Lambing ni Lolo Ding is written by Michael M. Coroza and illustrated by Maurice Risuimi. It is available here.

These books come from different publishing companies, so if you want to bulk buy Filipino books from different companies, then I highly recommend paying Pumplepie’s site a visit. Her site introduces the different Filipino children’s books available in the Philippines. Her site allows visitors to find Filipino children’s books by theme, genre, search term, etcetera. I have two of the books I had just shared, while I got the idea for the other two from her website. 🙂

Thank you for reading, and hope your Fathers’ Day with your own Dads (and Grand Dads!) went great! 🙂

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  1. Nice review, I haven’t heard of books as specific as these, for the grand dads. It’s a good thing that kids are being taught how to appreciate grandfathers, because they were our Daddies who loved us always.

  2. I grew up with my grandparents. Missing my grandpa now. It was a good suggestion for children books to read.

  3. Oooh these seem like very nice book suggestions! I didn’t get to know either of my grandfathers growing up, so I’d like my son to be close to both of his. I’m sure these books will foster grandpa-grandchildren relationships!

  4. I was only 9 years old when my grandfather died so I don’t really have that bonding with him. But I still remember the fun memories with him. Nice to know that there are books about grandfathers.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Michi. 🙁 But yes, there are! These are still great books to inspire for the future generation to connect with your parents. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  5. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m currently on the look-out for new books for my son to read and this list came in handy! 🙂

  6. This is a nice reminder that our grandfathers are also fathers who raised our mothers and fathers. We must give them the same tribute and love as our parents. Thanks for reminding us.

  7. I missed hearing from you. Good to hear new collections from you again. I havent read any of these stories but seem to be nice reads. And yes, surely those jokes the father of the house would tell the kids are from their parents. Such nice observation. Missing my grandfather now. He used to tickle me and tell me stories at night. He introduced babu to me wherein I climb into his feet and he would raise his feet up in the air. I now do that to my little man and he enjoys it so much.

    1. Aww thank you ^^
      That’s very touching to hear! I think that as we grow older we realize how important our Grandfathers are to us. I guess the question is help the new generation connect with their own grandparents despite the distraction of modern technology. 🙂 Thank you for commenting!

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