Riza Ramos, her husband Ferdinand, and two children survived the harrowing two day hour ordeal. don't worry papa, we're Drinking Seawater is her story and the experience of the 48,000 residents on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, before, during and after one of the most devastating storms ever recorded.
Little Eman just doesn’t understand why he always has to wash his hands. Then one day at school he learns something cool, and now he’s got all sorts of plans! What did Eman learn that made him want to become a superhero in his home? Find out, and maybe you can become a superhero too! FOR AGES 8-10; 3rd grade level (60 pages; 8" x 10" ISBN: 978-0-9828684-30)
"I just love your book and the story. It puts a face on the children who have foreign workers as parents. It is so endearing and beautifully told. I am going to ask my county's librarians to buy the book for our school libraries. Please let me know when another book comes out. Much love and best wishes to you and your precious family!"-- Wendy Doromal, activist, the UnheardNoMore blog (a forum for social justice dedicated to human rights, freedom, justice and democracy for the foreign contract workers in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.)
"It's been a while since a book affected me this much.... excellent and heart warming book. I really enjoyed reading it! I was initially thinking that it was a children's book, but my whole family loved it. Well illustrated and the story is filled with love and inspiration. An expression of parents' love for their kids. A must have for every family. I will recommend this book to my children's teacher. Can't wait for another best from this author."--Dandy
This is really great! This story is going to appeal to a lot of migrant workers kids, of which I am one. And it's also relevant even if you're not. There are many families whose parents work all week away from home, and their kids. I'm an adult with my own children now, but I related so much to Emmanuel's story. This feeling of what you love most tearing you away from those you love is something as a kid you just kind of observe and sit with, but that upon reflection as an adult, you realize what hard emotions you had to try and make sense of at a very early age. Also, this concept of your parents working because they love you is just impossible to justify in your head at that age. I just remember hearing the words but having my emotional words playing tennis with those and mine always winning. I could go on and on...I really liked it, and it sent me many years back to memories I had buried away. Riza, I think you have a great story and a huge market! The developing world experiences this daily! --R.R. (Brooklyn, New York)
"This book captures a reality that affects millions of families worldwide. It's written from a child's perspective, but anyone who has ever had to feel the pain of separation from a loved one leaving to seek a better life, to work abroad, or to serve in the military will be able to relate. Sometimes it takes seeing the world through a child's eyes to make things crystal clear."--Walt F.J. Goodridge, author of Living True to Your Self