Review: Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin by Bernadette Villanueva Neri & CJ de Silva

Kuwento ni Bernadette Villanueva Neri
Guhit ni CJ de Silva
Salin sa Ingles ni Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo
Layout ni Jennifer Padilla-Quintos
Inilimbag ng Publikasyong Twamkittens (2012)


Aklat-pambatang tumatalakay sa mga di-kumbensiyunal at di-tradisyunal na pamilya ang Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin (2012). Partikular nitong tinutuunan ang mga hámong hinaharap ng isang batang may dalawang nanay.

Why this book?
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I would buy this book nonetheless however. Basically, because of my love for Filipino and Children's book.

The Plot
The story is about a little girl's adventure. It focuses on her family, school and the values she learned along the way.

What did you like most about the book?
I'd be honest, in as much as I like the author's way of storytelling, I liked the illustration all the more. Rich and detailed, it traverse us into the mind of the narrator.

What did you like least?
I actually cringed when I saw the word 'tumatambay'. Not because I hate the word, madalas din akong tumambay 'no! However, I deemed it inappropriate. Or, maybe that's just me.

What did you think of the writing style? 
I think writing for kids is one of the most enjoyable yet difficult things to do as a writer. I haven't tried it thougiih. But I think the way this book presented the issues at hand without confusing a child's mind is just brilliant.

What was your favorite part of the book?
I liked that the book is very descriptive of Baguio for the place will always occupy a corner in my heart. Back when I was young, we spent all our Summer and Christmas vacations in that cold place and I couldn't ask for a happier childhood. I vividly remembered the Botanical Garden where I first bought my flower seeds as well, I don't have sort of a green thumb though.

Do you have a least favorite part of the book?
It kept me thinking what ikaklit is and how it looked like! Haha.

If you could change something, what would it be? 
None. It is perfect as it is. And, I must commend the way it was translated.

What did you think of the ending?
Warning: This will include spoilers.
I was dumbfounded. So, that's what an ikaklit is! Let me tell you a funny (well, I find it funny so...) story told to me by some of my friends in Baguio. So, they were visiting Manila for a competition and they were on their way to the place where they will stay for the night when suddenly someone thought of just eating out first before heading to bed. They asked the driver to bring them some place nice, a diner they won't find in Baguio. The driver brought them to Timog, considering that they will be staying at New Manila, Timog is considerably near and full of places to dine. But what baffled them was that the driver stopped at a place called Buddy's. Now, go figure.

Some thoughts.
More than the issue of gender and society, this book of few pages will teach us the real definition of home. That it may not only be defined as a house with two heterosexual parents and a child or children, but indeed as the saying goes, home is where the heart is. The true meaning of a home is not a house full of parents and kids, but an abode full of love, for a real family is not bonded by blood but of the organ that pumps it.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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