Written by: Bernadette Villanueva Neri
Drawn by: CJ de Silva
Translated by: Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo
Book Layout by Jennifer Padilla-Quintos
Published by: Publikasyong Twamkittens (2012)
I signed up for the blog tour for Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin a couple of weeks ago and I got the copy of the book last week. To be honest, I forgot when should I be posting this book review. This may be a little late but I’m still posting this here.
So first things first. The book cover and the book itself is just lovely. The drawings are really nice and this is coming from a perspective of a person who only knows how to draw a stick figure. Seeing the drawings in this book made me more frustrated since I really don’t know how to draw. (Frustrated artist here!) Anyhow, the word ikaklit really caught my attention that’s why I decided to join the blog tour. I really don’t know the meaning of that word so I wanted to read to book to know what it is and guess what? I finally know the answer! But I won’t be telling it here so figure it out yourselves. 😛
Back to the review. Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin isn’t your typical children’s book. It tackles sexuality in a way that people could really understand the point of view of a child. It shows the feeling of a child whenever he/she is asked why she has two mothers or why he/she doesn’t have a father. At this point in time, this kind of things happen. The book shows the reality that there are people who are against this type of scenario – girl to girl relationship. It shows the reality that people discriminate other people who are involved in this kind of relationship and it’s really kind of depressing since discrimination affects a lot of people. In the case of the story, it affected the child. Her classmates tease her and it made her really sad.
Honestly, I think the story is really nice but I think children should be reading this with someone who could explain things to them. After reading the story, they might have some questions that only adults could answer. This story teaches a lesson not only to the children by respecting everyone but also to everyone who would be reading this book. Everyone should be treated with respect and it shouldn’t be based on the gender of a person.
Tungkol sa Aklat
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.
Tungkol sa mga Manlilikha
Nagtapos ng MA Filipino: Malikhaing Pagsulat si Bernadette Villanueva Neri sa UP Diliman at BA Mass Communication major in Journalism sa UP Baguio. Kumakatha siya ng mga kuwentong pambata, sanaysay, dula, at maikling kuwentong lesbiyana (na binansagan niyang “naratibô” o naratibo ng mga tibô). Kasalukuyan siyang nagtuturo sa UP Diliman, kasabay ng pagkuha ng duktorado sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa parehong paaralan. K0asama niya ngayon sa bahay ang limang muning na tulad niya’y mahilig din sa ikaklit at iba pang mga halaman.
Si CJ de Silva ay nakilala bilang Promil Kid sa mga commercial nito noong 90s. Ngayon, si CJ naman ang gumagawa ng mga patalastas bilang Art Director sa isang advertising agency. Hilig pa rin niya ang magpinta at gumuhit.
Nagsalin sa Ingles
Nanay ng dalawang munting binibi si Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo. Siya ay isang manunulat, editor, mananaliksik, at aktibista. Nag-aral siya ng peryodismo sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho sa isang internasyunal na organisasyon. Mahilig siya sa tula at potograpiya, at nait matutong maggitara.
Si Jennifer T. Padilla-Quintos ay nanay ng dalawang masayahing batang sina Gaby at Joaquin. Isa siyang graphic artist, art teacher at manggagawang pangkultura. Nagtapos siya ng Fine Arts sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman.