Sari-Sari Summers (Hardcover)
Nora is finally old enough to work at her Lola’s sari-sari store in the Philippines and she couldn’t be more excited! But what happens when a heat wave and the store is empty? That’s when Nora makes a brilliant plan to sell mango ice candy to draw people in! Don’t worry, Bontiago includes a recipe to make your own Ice Candy so you don’t have to miss out on any fun during the hot summer days!— Jess, Wild Rumpus
Nora is finally old enough to work at her Lola’s sari-sari store in the Philippines and she couldn’t be more excited! But what happens when a heat wave and the store is empty? That’s when Nora makes a brilliant plan to sell mango ice candy to draw people in! Don’t worry, Bontiago includes a recipe to make your own Ice Candy so you don’t have to miss out on any fun during the hot summer days!
Jess— From Staff Picks: Picture Books
Nora loves spending summers with Lola at her sari-sari store, a treasure trove filled with everything you could need, from hair accessories to toys, creamy yema to sour tamarind candy. And this year, Nora is big enough to help her grandmother. But when a heat wave strikes and no one comes to the store, Nora worries that she won’t get to spend the rest of the summer with her lola—until she gets a sweet idea. After all, the mangoes on the tree outside are finally ripe, and with a bit of measuring, mixing, and a good deal of tasting, Nora and Lola have a refreshing way to bring people together—and to the sari-sari store. With soft, heartfelt illustrations, Lynnor Bontigao’s endearing picture book—featuring a recipe for making mango ice candy like Nora’s—is an ode to ingenuity and to intergenerational relationships that’s as sweet and gentle as a kiss on the cheek.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Delectable. . . This sweet summer tale has Tagalog words interspersed throughout the dialogue, mostly terms of endearment that reflect the cozy relationships with family and the community. . . . Like a sari-sari store, brimming with joy and heart.
Readers get to share Nora's eagerness as they are treated to a two-page spread depicting colorful, delectable items stacked neatly on the store shelves. . . . This sweet story of intergenerational love will resonate with many readers.
This is a love letter to grandparents who live far away and the special bond that develops when grandchildren get to spend time with them. . . . The illustrations, digitally created, capture the busy street where the store is located as well as the love shared between Nora and her lola. . . . Celebrating the special bond between a child and an older relative, along with the setting and language details of the Philippines, makes this a highly recommended title.
—School Library Journal
Familial bonds burnish Bontigao’s affectionate solo debut in this empowering intergenerational tale featuring a child’s creative problem-solving. . . . Digital art mimics colored pencil and pastel textures, and standout images portray a bustling community, the shop’s myriad contents, and the feel of hot days in this story of how thoughtful entrepreneurship can serve and delight.