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The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan!
A story for anyone who has ever been a child...
Emmanuel Ramos misses his mom and dad. They are on the island of Saipan working. He is in Manila, Philippines, with his aunt, cousins and grandparents. Will his parents ever come back for him? Will he ever see them again? Will Emmanuel's big dream to be with his parents on Saipan ever come true? FOR AGES 8-10; Fourth grade level
(36 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 ISBN: 978-0982868409)Read more Order now Scenes from the story!
Little Emmanuel is sad. His parents send toys, but what he really wants are his parents.
However, his aunts and cousins do their best to give him a normal life while they are away!
Here he is watching the dolphin show in Manila.
Will he ever see his parents again? Will Emmanuel's big dream to be with his parents on Saipan ever come true? Find out >>
Riza Oledan-Ramos grew up in Cabucgayan, Biliran, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Martinez Memorial College in Cabucgayan City, and is currently a staff nurse at the Commonwealth Health Center on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. She has written dozens of poems, and is currently writing a series of children's non-fiction books.
Meet Riza Ramos (Interview)
On August 18, 2009 my third grade son asked me to help him with his school project in Language under Mrs. Frances Taimanao in Mt. Carmel School, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, this was not the usual project or art work like he has had since the first grade. It was his autobiography.
We started collecting his baby pictures and revisited events that had occurred in his life. My son shared his thoughts as we looked at the photographs. As I input his words into the computer, he told me things he remembered, things he actually felt, and things that I had missed while I was away from him.
As I typed, I realized that to capture his thoughts accurately, I needed to put myself in his shoes, and think like a child. I asked my son for things I could hardly describe, but he was smart enough to answer me in a child’s way. During the process, I felt how sad it is for a child to be left by his/her mom or dad. I imagined how many children are being left by mothers or fathers for jobs far from home.
As we finished my son’s project, I had an idea that we could actually make a real book; a book worthy enough to share with the world. Every day in the Philippines and around the world many parents are leaving their home country to find work elsewhere to give their children a better future. I, for one, am one of these parents. My brother and brother-in-law also work in foreign countries, all with the same motivation: to gain a better life for us and our children.
This is a story not just for Filipino children, but for all children in the world with a mom or dad living far away, who in one way or another have had the same experiences as my son.
This book is not only for kids to enjoy, but also for parents. This will be like your child opening his feelings to you. My aim is not only to make it a memorable experience for children, but also to touch a parent's heart with simple words from a child’s point of view. HAVE FUN READING!
Riza's friends at the Commonwealth Health Center Giftshop on Saipan are selling The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan!
Riza's friend in New Zealand has a super cool bookmark for any book! It's called The Bookworm and is available in blue, green, orange and yellow! Here's a photo of it bookmarking Riza's book!
Riza's friends at Bestseller Books on Saipan invite you to come browse their selection of books and pick up a copy of The Boy Who Dreamed..."
Riza's friends at the Joeten Kiyu Public Library on Saipan have the book available for reading! Check it out!
Riza's friend, Emily Mitchell-Eaton, a doctoral student from Syracuse University conducting research on the CNMI immigration transition, interviewed Riza about The Boy Who Dreamed..
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"It is so endearing and beautifully told. I am going to ask my county's librarians to buy the book for our school libraries."--Wendy Doromal
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