Francisco Arcellana The mats

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Marcelina's father comes home from a trip to Manila with beautiful hand-made sleeping mats for each member of his large family, including the three daughters who died when they were very young.

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Matching a text first published over 60 years ago (and adapted here) with vibrant new illustrations, this brief import from the Philippines offers a moving tale of one family's memorial to their lost ones. Marcelina and her six brothers and sisters welcome their father home from a business trip. As promised, he brings gifts: hand-woven sleeping mats ``for every one of the family.'' After the living receive theirs, three mats remain, one for each of the siblings who died young. Algr's art is done in a muralistic style, with simple, monumental forms, stylized facial features, and bright, boldly contrasting colors. The language is sometimes awkward``Papa's face was filled with a long-bewildered sorrow''but the emotions are strong and real. The story's brevity makes it a promising discussion-starter, and the idea that ``They may be dead but they are never really gone'' is presented without excess sentimentality. (Picture book. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3 A picture-book adaptation of a short story first published in Philippine Magazine in 1938. In it, a father returns from a business trip to Manila with a gift of personalized sleeping mats for each member of his family. After everyone has received a mat, three remain, one for each of the couple's deceased children. Although the story has a young narrator, its overall tone is elegiac, and will speak more to adults than to youngsters. Alegre's richly colored paintings are done in a primitive, folk-art style. Family reminiscences with greater child appeal include Carmen Lomas Garza's Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia (Children's Book Press, 1990) and Loretta Lopez's The Birthday Swap (Lee & Low, 1997), which is about a Mexican-American family. However, there are very few picture books about the Philippines available, and this one may be useful where demand warrants. Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
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