I kept my promise! I made an Ebook of the second children’s book of folk tales by PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists): THE BEGINNING AND OTHER ASIAN FOLKTALES is now available from various Ebook vendors, including Kindle, Nook, and international vendors.
This book was originally published in 1995 as a project of PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists) a small group of Filipina writers in Southern California. The goals of that group included supporting one another other, helping other Filipina writers and artists, and providing community service. The group used a grant from the California Arts Council to fund the publication of two books: this one and an earlier book entitled, Seven Stories from Seven Sisters: A Collection of Philippine Folktales (also reprinted by PALH in 2022).The writers who retold the folktales in The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales include: Ceres S. C. Alabado, Valorie Slaughter Bejarano, Mariko Kitamura Bird, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Fe Panalingan Koons, Susan N. Montepio, Cecilia Caguinguin Ochoa, and Marianne Villanueva.The artist who did the 18 illustrations is Estela Ocampo Fernandez.«<PRAISE for original edition:“The Beginning and Other Asian Folktales” is an excellent educational resource not only for the younger generation but also for everyone whose hearts and minds are willing to embrace the uniqueness of each individual in their midst. There is a refreshing theme in each of the stories, many of which evoke the value of hard work, persistence, respect for elders, neighbors, among others.” ~ Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke“This collection presents a wealth of materials to inspire our children to appreciate their culture and those of others around them … truly a gift to the diverse population of Los Angeles!” – State Senator Hilda Solis“This fine collection of folktales reminds us of another please and another time – a commonality of themes from Asian cultures resonate of family, tradition, and belief. Such themes are a must-read to be shared with our video generation children to balance their daily video inputs with a compelling collection of Asian myths, missed with a hard dose of superstition and mysticism.” Honorable Casimiro U. Tolentinotags: Asian folktales, Asian folklore, Asian myths, Asian legends