Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan — Virgilio S. Almario
I inquired for this book at the nearest National Book Store for our Goodreads group’s—Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books—April-May book discussion, unaware that this is a mere children’s story book. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that it’s under the children’s literature wing but didn’t expect it to be so thin. The Customer Service staff told me to proceed to the children’s section then rummaged through an endless stack of story books. A group of guys, while passing behind me, were muttering things like, “Once upon a time…” accompanied by faint derisive laughs. (Oh, so they thought I fancy children’s books, huh?) I was actually up for some action but the lady in me says that I should compose myself instead. lol
I was unfamiliar with the book’s title; hence, I was ignorant of the book’s premise as well—when in fact, I’ve read this tale from school textbooks countless of times! Why do the martines (or birds for that matter) build their nests up on the trees? Why do horses kick? Why do frogs croak? Why do turtles carry their houses on their backs? Why do fireflies carry lights on their rear? Why do mosquitoes have sharp blades on them? This book answers all these questions in a witty yet convincing manner that tends to satisfy every child’s unwitting suspicions and queries. More importantly, although it primarily aims to instruct juvenile audiences, adults alike will have their fair share of consciousness towards some ethical issues deliberately, yet subtly hinted at—justice and fairness, for instance.
… and so indulging myself with this delightful tale aroused a childlike uproar in me that wishes to revisit a distant memory which reeked of such wonderful times. Phew!