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Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel/Si Lakas at ang Makibaka Hotel (Bilingual edition: English and Tagalog)

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When Lakas strolls through his neighborhood one sunny afternoon, the last thing he expects to find is a group of tap-dancing, drum-beating, karaoke-singing new friends. But his friends face a crisis: their home, the Makibaka Hotel, is about to be sold. They must pack their belongings and leave in 30 days. But in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, where is there to go? Their rollicking protest against eviction becomes a clarion call to the community, but is it enough to save the Makibaka? Carl Angel’s ...

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Overview

When Lakas strolls through his neighborhood one sunny afternoon, the last thing he expects to find is a group of tap-dancing, drum-beating, karaoke-singing new friends. But his friends face a crisis: their home, the Makibaka Hotel, is about to be sold. They must pack their belongings and leave in 30 days. But in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, where is there to go? Their rollicking protest against eviction becomes a clarion call to the community, but is it enough to save the Makibaka? Carl Angel’s effervescent paintings vibrate with the rich urban rhythms of city life in this second collaboration with author and poet Anthony D. Robles.

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
A young boy struggles to save an urban enclave in Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel. Based on an incident in San Francisco, this bilingual English/Tagalog picture book revolves around the loss of an apartment building in a vibrant Filipino American neighborhood. Author Anthony Robles and illustrator Carl Angel capture the energy of the multicultural community—the rhythms of traffic and language, the neon-bright colors, the details such as laundry hung out open windows to dry. With his street musician, tap dancer and karaoke-singing buddies, Lakas paints signs and marches to protest the evictions. Says one character to Lakas, "I was afraid before, but not now. We are together, no matter what happens. In this way, we have already won." Kids will appreciate the message of unity to evoke social change while enjoying the lively writing, humor and host of colorful characters.
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K-Gr 3-Inspired by the successful resistance by the residents of the Trinity Plaza Apartments in San Francisco, author and activist Robles has created a memorable story, supported by Angel's vibrant, hopeful art. In a tribute to Makibaka, the spirit of struggle, young Lakas helps his neighbors stand together to keep their home, the Makibaka Hotel, which the landlord is selling. While specifically honoring Filipino culture and communities, this richly patterned text in both English and Tagalog yields a universal message. As Fernando states, "I was afraid before, but not now. We are together, no matter what happens. In this way, we have already won." While the easy, successful resolution might be too simplistic for some readers, the messages-that voices of all people are worthy of being heard and that social change comes with unity-are those that all readers will appreciate. A great read-aloud, the story will also be enjoyed by independent readers, along with Lakas and the Manilatown Fish (Children's Book Press, 2003).-Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lakas, a young Filipino American, befriends several street performers who all live in the Makibaka Hotel. The hotel (a stand-in for a real San Francisco apartment building threatened with closing in 2002) becomes the focus of a musical protest when Lakas organizes the larger-than-life tenants: Tick A. Boom, the hip drummer with the gold tooth, Firefoot, a tap-dancer whose shoes throw off sparks and Fernando, the Karaoke King, an Elvis impersonator. Makibaka is the Tagalog word for struggle, and Robles is making a didactic political statement about solidarity in the fight against gentrification. Whether kids will be interested is the question, but the sugar coating may help. The vivid paintings have a cartoon quality that punches off the page and there are some fun touches: The landlord wears a hat and suit of $1000 bills. (bilingual English-Tagalog text) (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892392131
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: English and Tagalog Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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