Written by Eline Santos
Artworks by Joy Mallari
Winner, National Children’s Book Awards 2012
Winner, 4th Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Contest 2008
Manang Bolabola’s doll shop may look ordinary from the outside, but inside there is a hidden room filled with the most exquisite dolls with eyes of precious gemstones. She calls onto special street children and they disappear into the room of dolls. Ella is, unfortunately, one of them and her friend Tin worriedly looks for her. Will Tin ever find her friend?
Sa labas ay pangkaraniwan lamang ang tindahan ng manyika ni Manang Bolabola, pero sa loob nito ay isang lihim na silid ng maririkit na manyikang may mga pambihirang matang likha sa mamahaling bato. Sa kumpas ng kaniyang kamay, tinatawag niya ang mga batang-kalye papasok sa kaniyang tindahan at sila'y naglalahong parang bula. Isa sa mga batang ito si Ella na ilang araw nang hinahanap ng kaniyang kaibigang si Tin. Mahahanap kaya ni Tin ang nawawalang kaibigan?
Year Published: 2010
Language: English with Filipino translation
Type: Full-color pages, hardbound
About the Author: Eline Santos graduated from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños with a degree in Communication Arts. Eline has written children’s books on the postman, architect, broadcaster, and fireman for Museo Pambata, and various articles for the Junior Inquirer.
About the Artist: Joy Mallari is a critically acclaimed Filipina artist, with her works featured all over the world. Known for her contemporary visual style; as well as her social activism through art and significant contributions to the Philippine animation industry.
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