Haluhalo Espesyal by Yvette Ferreol

One of my daughter’s favorite books is Haluhalo Espesyal (Haluhalo Special) by Yvette Ferreol, with illustrations by Jill Arwen Posadas. The story is about Jackie, a young girl who gets sick and is nursed back to health by the delicious food from her Lola Itang’s kitchen.

The book features Filipino delicacies that we all love. From yummy rice cakes or bibingka; chocolate porridge or champorado; ensaymada; turon (or banana fritters?); as well as halo-halo, a delightful mixture of various sweets, crushed ice, and ice cream.

The story will make your children appreciate Filipino cuisine and will also highlight the love and caring that is found within Filipino families. After all, with food comes community, togetherness, and genuine concern for the other.

It is a surprise then that this book is a family favorite?


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