Moments...

by Orlino C. Baldonado

Moments is a compilation of 116 specific moments that the author vividly recalled from his past. The first is about watching his father supervise a carpenter make his coffin when the author was three and a half years old. One of the last ones is a recent accident when he was 75 years old, and he thought he was going to die from that accident.

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Zacana the Singing Princess

by Orlino C. & Estrella C. Baldonado

Princess Zacana was the only daughter of the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Zaluga with extraordinary talent for singing. No one could capture her heart, until Prince Lukno captured her and took her to his kingdom. But no matter how well Prince Lukno treated the captured princess, she continued to be sad, so he returned Zacana to Zaluga. But, unknown to the Prince and the Princess, disaster had befallen to Zacana’s parents and their castle. Find out how Zacana and Lukno coped with the tragic and sad turn of events which made them closer to each other.

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Zebona the Princess of Birds

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

Princess Zebona of the Kingdom of Dayohan was only interested in the birds of her kingdom, not in marrying someone to produce an heir. She met a handsome Prince Anupo who insisted his life and future depended upon being able to bring home two special birds from the Dayohan forest. Princess Zebona would not allow it. Then, she took it upon herself to capture the live birds that Anupo wanted and deliver them to him. Only then did she realize the significance of the birds to Prince Anupo’s future… and her own.

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Old Ambrocio had a farm

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

This story is derived from the popular “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” children’s rhyme. The story is told about Old Ambrocio, a farmer in the Philippines. The usual animals are depicted (chickens, pigs, goats, geese, etc.), but also features Ambrocio using a carabao (water buffalo) in his farm planted with rice and corn. Old Ambrocio shares his farm produce with friends and neighbors. The story was written to go with the new set of verses to be sung like the popular children’s rhyme.

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Jack and Jill After the Tumble

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

In the popular children’s rhyme, Jack and Jill went to fetch some water and they fell and tumbled. The authors have written a story adapting that rhyme for a rural village setting. A modified and expanded version of the rhyme to be sung like the old one has been included at the end of the story.

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Five Little Monkeys Swinging on a Tree

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

Instead of five little monkeys jumping on a bed in the classic children’s rhyme, they swing on a tree! Of course, in the forest, there is no bed, and Mama Monkey cannot call the doctor, so she called the wise owl instead and asked for advice. The verses have been modified, and a story to go with the new verses has been written in this book. The modified verse is sung as in the old rhyme.

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Itsy Bitsy Spider Extended

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

When the Itsy Bitsy Spider reaches the top of the water spout after being flushed by the rain, it did what it had always wanted to do: build a spider web. This is a delightful extension of the old classic rhyme. Children learn something about what spider webs are good for.

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Humpty Dumpty Revived

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

In the old popular children’s rhyme, Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall, and no one could fix or revive him. In this book, Humpty Dumpty did not remain broken forever. He revived when someone used magic glue to put back together the broken pieces. The four-line original verse had been extended to twelve lines, and a beautiful story was written about Humpty Dumpty’s revival.

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Carlotta the Librarian Princess

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

Princess Carlotta, who preferred to act like a librarian, was asked to help Prince Callendro set up his collection of books and manuscripts. While doing the request, she discovered something sinister in the marriage plans of Princess Sayla who the Prince is about to marry. Princess Carlotta not only helped the Prince in setting up his library, but also saved him from marrying Sayla and solved even more pressing problems in her own kingdom.

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Sunyata the Sunflower Princess

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

Princess Sunyata as a child was outgoing and the darling of her kingdom. But when she grew up, she turned into a nocturnal person, with plenty of energy and pep during the night, but slept most of the day. She attended parties at some bad places. Her parents, the King and Queen, asked a wizard for help. The wizard turned Sunyata into a sunflower, visible to the entire kingdom as before, and would remain as a plant until a prince came along to take her away. A Prince Meneleo, looking for a wife, was a collector of plant species. When he saw the strange sunflower, he cut it down and stole it. This broke the wizard’s spell and turned the cut sunflower into the real Princess Sunyata. Thus, he found his future bride.

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Yassy, the Sister Pig and her 3 Brothers

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

The three little pigs in the classic story were given names: Myron, Dunlee, and Toban. They have a sister, Yassy. The boy pigs went away from their parent’s home to build their own. Myron made one out of straw, which was easily blown down by the wolf. Dunlee built one out of sticks, but it was also destroyed by the wolf. The third one, made of stones from the river, was strong so it could not be blown down. The wolf tried to get in by trickery to no avail. The boy pigs decided to build all their houses with stone, so the wolf had to resort to other means to get his pork chops. The boys were very proud of what they had done. They had not forgotten their sister Yassy and they invited her to visit them, always mindful of the possible encounter with the wolf.

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Mother Penguin and her Chick

by Orlino C. and Estrella C. Baldonado

The book illustrates the simple problem of survival that penguins face by using the story of a Mother Penguin trying to find food for her chick. The story shows the effect of climate change and over fishing on the food supply of penguins. Penguins must contend with dwindling food supply and changes in the landscape of their rookeries.

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