Rains have a way of bringing back memories. Books have a way of bringing back memories of rains …and a torrent of many other things that include feelings of fear, anxiety and gloom. Books, however, also have a way of bringing back the sun and its shine up and a glorious host of other good things, like a rainbow and feelings of hope, peace and calm, and the joy, that comes with new life.
Bituin and the Big Flood, is one book that brought back the memory of the heaviest of rains and the biggest of floods in my memory --- Ondoy’s. It’s a book written for kids and dedicated to the children victims of the said typhoon. Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, opinion writer and women’s rights advocate of the Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote it; and editorial cartoonist, Jess Abrera, worked on the illustrations.
I bought the book; saw it on the store shelves, exactly 3 months after Ondoy. It’s fresh off the press; and perhaps too fresh for those who’d rather forget. The book is good, though, to those of us who want and those of us who need to be reminded of the why’s, the what then’s and the where to’s, all of which, sadly, many so easily forget.
Copenhagen, for a short while, elevated climate change concerns, at the center of the news and on top of many people’s consciousness. Copenhagen, however, is bound to be forgotten as well.
The way we live our daily lives leads to our planet’s and children’s future. Shall we continue with the cutting of trees, spewing of carbon into the air, wasteful using of resources, dumping of garbage in esteros and wherever? Shall we continue to live nearsightedly, seeing just the here and now of the enjoyable life? Shall we continue to live neglectfully of the needs of the others in our midst?
Allow this book about Bituin, her family and friends, drench us and flood us all of the remembrances of the ills and destruction that our uncaring, dismissive and irresponsible acts can do to our own home, our environment, our planet. Allow this book, as well, to pave away the gloom and show hope back. Children need to hear this story from us. Young as they are, they need to be well guided. The future is theirs to enjoy, and keep and care for, too.
Thank you, Ms. Ceres Doyo and Mr. Jess Abrera, for this endowment of your talents. We, parents, now have an apt material from which we can retell the story of the big flood and the lessons it meant to wash aground.
The book is available in most local bookstores. A generous portion of the sales of this book will benefit the flood survivors.
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