Lakas and the Manilatown Fish / Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown

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Can a fish talk? Can it jump and play and run ? especially run ? just like a small boy? When Lakas and his dad go shopping, they meet a very special fish that can do all these things and more! But this fish won't stay put in its fish tank. Once it leaps out, a cast of unusual Manilatown characters chases it down Kearny Street and all the way to San Francisco Bay. Hoy, hoy! Will Lakas and his friends ever catch this sly and charming fish? Lakas and the Manilatown Fish/Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown is the ...
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Can a fish talk? Can it jump and play and run — especially run — just like a small boy? When Lakas and his dad go shopping, they meet a very special fish that can do all these things and more! But this fish won't stay put in its fish tank. Once it leaps out, a cast of unusual Manilatown characters chases it down Kearny Street and all the way to San Francisco Bay. Hoy, hoy! Will Lakas and his friends ever catch this sly and charming fish? Lakas and the Manilatown Fish/Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown is the first-ever bilingual English-Tagalog story set in the U.S., reflecting the historical heart of the Filipino community.

A boy, his father, and an increasing number of people rush through the streets of San Francisco's historic Filipino American neighborhood, Manilatown, in pursuit of a fish that can talk and jump and play.

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The jacket claims that this is the "first-ever bilingual English-Tagalog story set in the U.S. . . ." This Filipino story is a strange one. A young boy learns from an old man that there is a fish that laughs and talks in both English and Tagalog, and that it can be found in Manilatown. While this part of the story appears to be a bit of weird dream, Lakas goes to the barbershop to get a haircut (he doesn't look any different) and learns that some of the old men do believe in this fish. Off they go to the fish market. Lakas shudders at the thought of eating a talking fish. Suddenly this magical creature escapes and heads for Manilatown. It seems to be a kissing fish and it even steals a bus and a man gives the fish his clothes and false teeth. The fisherman, Lakas, his father and the old man all end up in the water, but are rescued by this magical fish. It all ends happily, but seems to make no real sense. It may draw on Filipino traditions that just don't come across to readers. The illustrations are bold and garish. They seem to fit the unusual story, but only the fish seems to have a real personality. The people seem to be caricatures. For libraries that may be serving a Filipino population or want to expand multi-cultural offerings. 2003, Children's Book Press, Ages 5 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A Filipino boy has a dream about a fish that can talk and jump and play. The next morning, Lakas looks into a tank at the Happy Fish Market in Manilatown and is soon eye to eye with a talking fish. Just as the shop owner tries to catch him, the fish leaps out of the water, kisses the man, and runs away. Lakas, his father, and the Happy Fish man (who has fallen "dizzy in love") run after the creature. So begins a merry chase through the streets of San Francisco, with each of the fish's kisses adding another besotted character to the cast. The fun lasts all the way to the bay, where the fish pulls his pursuers from the water after they follow him in. The last page shows the boy and his new friend sharing a bath. The colorful, full-page illustrations accentuate the excitement and provide a focus for this lengthy tale. The book begins with an introduction for adults and ends with a brief history of Filipinos in San Francisco. The tale is told in Tagalog on the left page and English on the right, so events in the story aren't always exactly matched to those depicted in the art. This layout is confusing and makes the pages incredibly text heavy. Still, there are some fun moments, and libraries that serve Filipino communities will want this title.-Tali Balas, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892391820
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/10/2003
  • Edition description: English/Tagalog
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.28 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Fun Book for Kids of all Cultures

    My nieces love this fun fish tale. I highly recommend it to all children, not just Philipino families. The text is long, but interesting all the way to the very end. The illustrations couldn't be more vivid and alive. Great, fun book for kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    A fun family read

    We attended a reading of this book by the author at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. My kids (3 & 5) enjoy the story very much and often request it for bedtime. I disagree with the comment that the English/Tagalog format creates confusion with the illustrations...it makes perfect sense to me, and I think the illustrations are very well done. The Manilatown references in and out of the story add a degree of poignancy and make it a must have for every comtemporary American family of Filipino descent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Fish jumps over the heads of 'Kid's literature Critics'. Don't listen to them! Buy this book!

    Have to disagree with the previous review of the book 'Lakas and the Manilatown Fish'. The characters are anything but 'caricatures', as the 'Critic' would suggest. The characters in the book and the faces interwoven in the paintings are the people who live in Manilatown in San Francisco. The faces are the faces of our aunties and uncles and grandfathers and grandmothers. The fish takes the boy Lakas and his daddy and the old man on a chase through the streets of Manilatown, a neighborhood in San Francisco which once thrived but became displaced by big businesses who succeeded in removing an entire community of elderly and young people and people with families. The fish tells us...without being preachy, to slow down, and really take a look at your community, your history, your life. The fish, in essence, catches 'us'...and brings us back into our community rather us catching the fish and merely devouring him. Hope this is clarification.

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