Squishy was reading ‘A for Adobo’ to his lolo on one of our regular FB Messenger calls and it went something like this:
Me: “A is for…?” Squishy: “Dobo!”
M: “B is for…?” S: “Babangka!”
“Nakakagutom naman yung binabasa mo!” (“Your book is making me hungry!”), my dad laughed.
‘A for Adobo’ is exactly as described — an alphabet book for the Filipino family who loves to eat (that’s us, ehem).
Each letter of the Filipino alphabet, i.e. A to Z plus Ñ (Piña) and Ng (Daing na Bangus), is accompanied with a beautifully-shot, high-resolution photo of each Pinoy dish.
It’s a board book so it’s perfect for toddlers like Squishy. The bright colors and clean setting also make it a joy to read for the parent (that’s me — or Hubby!). I suppose the only drawback is that it tends to bring on unusual cravings for okoy (which Squishy pronounces with an exaggerated pursed-lip “oh”) and paella valenciana.
I think it’s an excellent find and a good way to introduce Pinoy food to Squishy. He likes saying some of the words so much that they sometimes sneak their way in to other alphabet book readings. The other day we were reading one in English to him and, on asking him for a word starting with E (and expecting “elephant” etc.) he suddenly says “Mada!” (for Ensaymada). Oh well, bilingual households ftw. 🙂
(Ignore the Movavi watermark in the video please! Am too cheap to spring for the registered version, haha.)
I picked up this book on one of my usual National Bookstore runs. I try to drop by whenever we make a trip back home. ‘A for Adobo’ can be found in National’s kids’ books section. I noticed there were both board book and softcover editions.
A highly-recommended read — except on an empty stomach.
A for Adobo – Board Book (Tahanan Books for Young Readers)
By Nelson Agustin
Php 275 at National Bookstore