Raquel always has lovely hair and she is so beautiful and kind, she is admired by her cousin Anna. Anna wonders why Raquel always wistfully says that she is the one that's blessed, until she discovers that Raque has leukemia. The cousins remain strong and continue to support each other.
ALEXINE: Cancer in children is a bitter reality and it can happen to those closest to us. This story shows how love can keep us strong in the battle against cancer...and that cousins are simply the best!
Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan, a.k.a. Tito Dok, has written over 50 children's books and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2005. He is most popular for his books that make medical situations easy for children to understand, saving parents a lot of trouble! Adriana's had some of his titles since she was two, and I got them specifically for her to understand why I nag her about eating vegetables, brushing her teeth, not eating food off the floor, and everything else that was hard to explain. They've fueled her interest in the human body so at five years old, she can usually explain medical situations better than me. Tito Dok has a book for almost everything and continues to add to his body of work. I highly recommend getting all of his titles!
AWARD: 1998 PBBY-Salanga Writer's Prize, Honorable Mention
AUTHOR: Luis P. Gatmaitan, M.D.
ILLUSTRATOR: Beth Parrocha-Doctolera
PUBLISHER: Adarna House
LANGUAGE: English & Filipino
DATE PUBLISHED: 1999