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The Best of Lola Basyang: Timeless Tales for the Filipino Family

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Parents and grandparents may remember this little old lady whose tales have captivated generations of Filipinos.

Each night after supper Old Basyang gathered her grandchildren around her wicker chair. Out of her rich imagination she drew forth tales of bold princesses and cowardly kings, spurned suitors and ardent lovers, fearless young men and heartless queens. Every conce
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246 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Tahanan Books (first published 1975)
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I bought this book in 1997, the year this was published. My daughter was only 3 years old and I thought it would be nice to introduce her to Lola Basyang's stories. However, when I tried reading the stories to her, I noticed that they were not really suited for small children. So, this got buried in our stacks of books until when she was in the elementary and she tried to read this herself. However, she got stuck in one of the stories with missing pages. I was not yet a bookworm then and I was b ...more
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Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Adultery and murder start off this collection of Filipino fairy tales by Lola Basyang (Grandmother Basyang), a storyteller created by Filipino playwright Severino Reyes.

In Maria Alimango, we get a variation of Cinderella replete with the wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and a glass slipper left behind at the ball. But this one has a magical crab (alimango), the girl's mother reincarnated only to be caught and eaten.

While I enjoyed these stories, some could have been pared down.
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