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Book review: Papa’s house, Mama’s house by Jean Lee C. Patindol

Bilingual: Tagalog-English

It is always difficult when a family goes through a divorce. The story is told through the child’s perspective and delves with the pros and cons of sharing the week between the homes of separated parents.

Despite having different rules and routines both homes are loving and happy environments for the children.

When the question “Why can’t both parents live in the same place?” comes up. Both mom and dad give poetic and sweet answers.

At the end the whole family gathers to celebrate together the narrator’s 6th birthday.


Papa’s House, Mama’s House was the 2004 Grand Winner of both the PBBY Salanga Prize (for writers) and the PBBY Alcala Prize (for illustrators).