Nora loves spending summers with Lola at her sari-sari store, a treasure trove filled with everything you could need, from hair accessories to toys, creamy yema to sour tamarind candy. And this year, Nora is big enough to help her grandmother. But when a heat wave strikes and no one comes to the store, Nora worries that she won’t get to spend the rest of the summer with her lola — until she gets a sweet idea. After all, the mangoes on the tree outside are finally ripe, and with a bit of measuring, mixing, and a good deal of tasting, Nora and Lola have a refreshing way to bring people together — and to the sari-sari store.
In this love letter to the Philippines (and to grandmothers), a young girl comes up with a brilliantly delicious way to attract customers! With soft, heartfelt illustrations, Lynnor Bontigao’s endearing picture book — featuring a recipe for making mango ice candy like Nora’s — is an ode to ingenuity and to intergenerational relationships that’s as sweet and gentle as a kiss on the cheek.
"Readers see delectable scenes of the duo mixing pieces of mango and condensed milk, then freezing it in long tubes. The homemade ice candy proves to be popular with locals, who flock back to the store for more. This sweet summer tale has Tagalog words interspersed throughout the dialogue, mostly terms of endearment that reflect the cozy relationships with family and the community. Like a sari-sari store, brimming with joy and heart." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Apr 11, 2023|