Maybe you are about to take your children away to live in a culture very different
from your own, or maybe you are there already. This book is about two boys and
their mother and father and their adjustment to life in a remote settlement in the
mountains of northern Luzon in the Philippines. The time was 1968-69, but the
adventures and emotions are timeless, and recounted with a liberal dose of the
author's infectious sense of humor.
Comments from readers:
"A wonderfully straight-forward, matter-of-fact account with great
touches of humor and insight. Captures and relays the flavor of a
family's multi-experiences, the people, and daily life in a tiny
--Nancy Davis, Denver CO, 2001.
"Style is extremely clear and has a surface simplicity but many
levels of depth. The pace is kept from beginning to end and the
device of switching perspectives, including the animals', works
--Mort Fried, 1979.
"Anyone who has taken children to the field, or who contemplates
doing so, can read it with retrospective bemusement and delight, or
be forewarned of the possibilities inherent in doing family
--Joseph Cassagrande, 1978.
"Gives a feeling of how children make their way in new
--Mary Rouse, 1976.
"There were so many things I liked about it: the delightful
sections by various 'others' (especially the cat); the honesty with
which [the author] talked about problems; the perceptions of
Ifugao people and places."
--May Ebihara, 1978.