Since Genaro Gojo Cruz endeared me to his children books , especially to his best-selling YA Connecting the Dots, I am now fond of reading other Filipino children books. So it just so happened that both my nephew and sister alike borrowed an armful of children books from an NGO which project is to boost children’s literacy, I took the good chance to read this among them.
In English translation, it could be Grandpa Ding’s Tender Loving Care . It is a story about a grandson telling about the sweet memories of his grandpa Ding who taught him good manners and moral lessons- a story to which those adults who grew up with their grandpas when they were still young can relate. What I liked about the book more is its illustrations drawn by Maurice Risulmi; I find them so cute and realistic.
I also have got a grandpa with whom I spent time my young childhood. However, after reading it, two questions occurred to me what sweet moments I remember about him and what moral lessons he ever taught me…A wave of guilt feelings came over me, and I was at loss for words unknowing what I should have to answer once someone asks me the same questions.
Just what I remember is that both my grandpa and the late grandma sometimes took along with me whenever they had to go to a far place. Just what reminiscent of him is that he would always dress me down whenever I did something wrong, but I had never felt that I was different among his grandchildren, nor did he play favoritism. Also, I never felt that he was such a draconian grandpa to me; rather , he is not far different from grandparents who pamper their grandchildren. Since my family and I moved here in Manila at early age, I just know that in character, he is a calm and joyful widower.
This book is recommended to 10 years old above, but I am now 28. Childish I appear to be, but reading it reminds me of my childhood experiences- a good reading list everyone should do as an American psychologist put it:
“ Sometimes you have to think like a child again…”
Rating : 3/ 5 stars