Papa's House, Mama's House
Illustrated by Mark Ramsel Salvatus, Papa’s House, Mama’s House won the 2004 Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) Alfredo Salanga Prize for Children’s Literature Award and the PBBY Larry Alcala Prize for Children's Book Illustration Award. It was also a finalist for the 2005 Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards – Children’s Literature category.
The PBBY is the Philippine National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a world organization founded in Zurich in 1953 that promotes international understanding through children’s books.
Papa's House, Mama's House has been included in the list of the Philippines’ best books for children in The Bookworm Buddy: A Guide to the Best Philippine Children’s Literature (Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation Inc., 2006). It is also included in PBBY board member and children’s book reviewer Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz’ list of favorite books for children.
Many adults believe that some subjects are "not for children," and the issue of separated families is one of these. Yet children are perceptive observers who wonder and feel confused at why they or their peers do not live with both a mother and a father.
This story about such a family, told from the voice of a child, responds to children's questions in a simple and sensitive way. It sends the message that children in "two homes" are not different, nor are they loved and nurtured any less by their parents than childen in two-parent homes.
Papa's House, Mama's House opens the way for greater tolerance, understanding and empathy in children and adults alike.
Liane Pena-Alaympay, Ph. D., Developmental Psychologist
Ateneo de Manila University