Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ANG TSINELAS NI INOY

Both hands heavy with canvas, brushes and several paints I bought to re-stock my art supply, I was making a short cut through National Bookstore in Greenbelt when from the corner of my eye I saw a familiar book. I got close to it and to my surprise, it was an old publication of children's stories from Tahanan Books where I did an early illustration way back in 1998. It was also the same title which I don't have a copy of.

And here it is.

Oh, pardon me for posting the pages as jpegs. Since I was too lazy to re-type everything, I decided to make a pdf file out of it. However, I couldn't figure out how to link a pdf file here. Dang!



Note: TSINELAS NI INOY was written by Renato Vibiesca. The story won First Prize in The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in 1996. It is part of ANG GINTONG HABIHAN, an anthology of award winning children's stories published by Tahanan Books for Young Readers in 1998. They're selling it for 295PhP at National Bookstore.

17 comments:

mevs said...

Nice story with a moral lesson...and great illustration, of course.

Good work, Tayona.

akashy said...

"Tsinelas ni Inoy" was Paolo's favorite story when he was younger. Great story and illustrations, of course! The book is now old and frayed, but still part of our collection. It's signed by you, or don't you remember? :)

Will have to get a new copy at National Bookstore. You gotta sign that one, too. :)

palma tayona said...

@ mevs : thnank you

palma tayona said...

@ akashy : i saw a shelf there with about half a dozen copies left. hehehehe

palma tayona said...

@ akashy : and you well know how forgetful i am. :-) like dory in Nemo

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

I like your blog... Ganda ng mga drawings. Do you write children's books? Or nag-iillustrate ka sa mga children's books? Thanks for visiting my blog pala.

palma tayona said...

that was fast. i was surfing for less than fifteen minutes and you responded quickly - the power and speed of the internet.

thank you. i am a visual artist and all visual works here, unless otherwise indicated, are mine. yes, i did illustrate children's books - eons ago. and nope, i don't write children's books or stories, just in my mind and in some private journals. (something i still intend to keep private.)

noble and famous king said...

careful. you posted a copyrighted material. hehe. elmer

palma tayona said...

yes it is. :-)
and the publication, writer and story are properly credited. ;-)

(it is also a subtle way of saying "buy the book". hehehehe...)

Kiks Phulumulu said...

now, this is one book i'd buy. there are very nicely drawn children's books here in hong kong but they seem like the new genre of films in the U.S - funny but senseless.

people must only buy it for show. and are they so heftily expensive! shish!

palma tayona said...

i am glad to say that there are steadily an increasing number of local publishers who are coming up with very well-written and produced books for children. more people should start giving notice to these.

it's one good news i am happy to spread around.

rhodora said...

I love children's literature. This post made me nostalgic of my college days; made me remember a short play I wrote for my playwriting class, and the very nice and inspiring comments of my professor who's also a Palanca awardee. Hay, ayan, nag-asawa na agad kasi, kaya di ko na natupad ang mga pangarap... di bale, babawi na lang sa mga anak... :)

palma tayona said...

@ rhodora: i used to collect children's books. i gathered boxes of them that i had so much i ended up giving them all to the children of my brothers. but if there is one thing that i noticed amongst these titles i gathered, the best children's story writers were actually older people, like grandmas or grand uncles and aunts.

i guess their success as writers of stories for children are culled from the wisdom that they have gathered through the years of living. they've been able to whittle away the excess and simply tell basic stories that are so full of life's truths.

well, it is never too late to write. i remember baird baylor, an award winning writer for children. she's an old lady living in the desert and she writes beautiful, singing prose that praises the grandeur and beauty of the wild expanse of untamed land she lives in new mexico.

perhaps, you can do the same thing. you are a mother. pull the wisdom from there and you might find that you have so many stories to tell. :)

oh, and aside from the wisdom gathered from living a fruitful life, the best children's stories were also done by men and women who simply love and adore children. that's what these stories are for anyway.

cheers!

Nance said...

palma,
very entertaining book ... can't resist reading it through the end. nice illustration too. thanks for sharing!

cheerios!

palma tayona said...

@ nance : i am glad you enjoyed it. it's actually one of the stories in a nice little collection of children's stories here in manila. i am shamelessly promoting it (considering that it has been published since 1998) and other local beautiful books for children. ;-)

Nance said...

i would do exactly the same thing if i were you, palma ... although it's old, it is worth promoting it again. having 3 kids, i've read a lot of children's books, first thing i've noticed, not many of them has 'moral of the story' in it ... just entertaining which were not that bad. but a moral lesson and entertainment in a book are an excellent combo!

Anonymous said...

just recently i joined the competition for story telling for language teachers, i used the the story of tsinelas ni inoy..the children of differnt ages appreciates the story, they keep on laughing but they also raised a lot of moral values at the end of the story..i made it to be the 3rd place in the competition...not so bad.. thank you!