Once in the First Times: Folk Tales from the Philippines

Once in the First Times: Folk Tales from the Philippines

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Author: Elizabeth Hough Sechrist
Illustrated: John Sheppard


A collection of fifty-one folktales from the Philippine Islands which tell of the animals, customs, and beliefs of the early Filipino people. They range from short myths to stories of the folk heroes as well as early creation stories of the Negritos to later tales. In the first half of the book, the legends and myths deal with the coming of the first people of the Islands; the second half reflects the Spanish and American influences. An ideal collection with the charm of any "once upon a time" tale that tells of wicked jungle birds, the coming of the locust and the monkey, and the story of why dogs wag their tails ... John Sheppard has provided pen and ink sketches which capture the mood of the tales.
This book is a  first edition ideal for ages 8-11. Collectible.

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Macrae Smith Company (1969)
  • ASIN: B0000D5KDT
  • Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

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