DAGDAG DUNONG READING CENTER ~ Singalong Malate, Manila, Philippines
Feedback submitted by Project Leader and Story-Teller Ana Maria A. Bacudio.
"Thank you very much for the three books: they are now part of our library collection at the Dagdag Dunong Reading Center. They were read to children who attended our storytelling sessions"
Reactions to Rain School by James Rumford:
John Carlo Q. (aged 8) thought the story was nice and the children are the ones who makes their school when classes open. The children not only learned reading and writing but also learned about how to make a school building, which is quite a surprise for him because in the Philippines there is already a school building when classes open. He felt that they are more blessed than the children of Chad, Africa because they have classrooms, blackboards, desks, chairs and a school building right at the opening of classes.
Eliza Joy S. (age 9) is overwhelmed by the fact that the elder brother and sister were the ones who accompany the children in going to school unlike in the Philippines where the parents accompany the children on the first day of class. She was also surprised why there is no school building and she is excited to find out that the children will help in building the school. The first lesson that the children learn is how to make a school not writing nor reading. She felt happy and proud when the children finished making the school. They also have the same lessons in school except for the construction of the school building.
King Robert M. (age 10) felt sad when the school was washed away by the flood. It was a loss for him because the children did their best in constructing the school but because of the rain it was destroyed. There was a feeling of hope in him because by the next school year, the children will again help in building their school and they will again study and learn. He realized that the children should not waste learning time while there is still no rain and their school is still standing. When the rain comes, they cannot study anymore and will again make a classroom next school year.
John Melvin Q. (age 10) wanted to cry when the school was washed away by the rain, but becomes happy again when he learned that the children will build their school again when they come back in the next school year. He was happy to hear the story because he learned so much about how the children build their school through cooperation and teamwork, the lessons taught by the teacher and the elder brother and sisters who accompany the children in going to school. He was also happy because despite the fact that the school was washed away, the knowledge that the children have learned was not washed away but was retained in their brains.
Joy V. (age 12) felt happy because the children learned how to build their school with the help of their teacher and classmates. Cooperation was clear to see and the children are definitely happy to be involved in this activity. She felt sad when the school was washed away by the rain and she wanted to cry. But there is hope in her heart that the school will be built again next school year. She was inspired by the story that she will study hard to become a professional so that she could donate money which will help to build the school. She learned from the story that even children can make a school building with the guidance of a teacher. Through cooperation and teamwork nothing is hard or impossible.
Reactions to A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope by Michael Foreman:
Christian P. (age 7) was so happy and excited when the small plant grew big into a tree. He wants to imitate the boy in taking care of plants so that like in the book it will also grow into a tree with the birds, butterflies and the children playing under its shade.
John Christian Q. (age 7) was so sad and angry when the soldiers destroyed the plant which grew into a big tree on the fence. He wanted to cry because he knew that the boy worked really hard to water and take care of the plant before it reached its height on the fence. He was happy when the two plants, the one planted by the boy and those planted by the girl grew into a big plant and met on the fence. He learned from the story that plants should be taken care of because it serves as shelter to birds, butterflies and the children play under its shade.
Aya Mae R. (age 8) said that it is enjoyable to take care of plants and watch them grow day by day. She was very happy when the plant tended by the boy grew into a tree with birds and butterflies living on it. She felt the shade given by the tree even though it is only said from the story in the book. She liked the butterflies and the birds that live on the trees and she too wanted to play under the shade of the tree in the story.
Jenielle S. (age 8) felt so happy when the fence was removed and the people joined together without separation by a barbed fence. She wanted to imitate the boy by taking care of their plants at home so that they will grow and shelter birds and insects like in the story. She became excited and happy because the girl from the other side of the fence also took care of the small plant which later grew into a big plant and covered the fence. She wanted to imitate the boy and the girl from the story on how they took care of the plants.
Alyssa S. (age 12) thinks that it is enjoyable and exciting to take care of plants. They should be watered regularly and taken care of from too much heat of the sun when they are small. But there is a feeling of happiness and content when the small plant grew into a big plant. She was angry and sad when the soldiers destroyed the plants that covered the fence. According to her, the life of the plant should be respected because it is created by God and it has life also.
Reactions to Biblioburro by Jeannette Winter:
Shaira Mae D. (age 8) wants to read more books and learn more. She appreciates what Luis is doing for the children of El Tormento. She too will read books before going to bed like what Luis and the children are doing. She wants to ride on a Biblioburro and travel to far flung areas like Luis. She loves to listen to the stories from books and she too wanted to tell stories to other children like her.
Angela R. (age 8) was happy and enjoyed the part when the children were asked to wear pig masks and listen to stories about pigs. She told me that we should also make masks when we tell stories about animals so that they will feel and internalize the stories more and feel that they are also characters in the story.
Bien Audrey Mei U. (age 8) loves the story and he wanted to imitate the children in borrowing books from the library and reading them at home before going to sleep. He appreciated Luis in bringing the books to the children who lives in far flung areas. He also wanted to experience a ride in Luis’ Biblioburro.
Jenny D. (age 10) was angry at the bad men who ambushed Luis during his travels in going to the far flung area of El Tormento. They should pay respect to Luis who traveled so far just to bring books for the children to read. She loved the part where Luis tells stories to the children because she too loves to listen to stories from books.
Joy V. (age 12) wanted to hear the part most when Luis tells stories to the children because that is what we are doing in our reading center. She also wanted to tell stories to children like her and become a teacher when she grows up. She felt more blessed because we have books at the reading center where they can easily read and borrow books from here, unlike the children in the story, who have no books but have to wait for Luis to visit them.