In Jalal's small village, everyone celebrates the bounty and beauty of their vast lake. Everyone, that is, except Jalal. Jalal doesn't notice the lake, its bounty, or his people's wishes. His only desire is to own the magical, puffy clouds in the sky. When strange men come to the village and offer to grant his wish, Jalal finally learns what the lake means to his people.
Sii ko inged i Jalal na langon maba-babaya ko kapiyaan ago kataid o mala a ranaranaw iran. Langon a taw ko inged, makaliyoliyo ki Jalal. Di niyan masisima so ranaw, so kapiya niyan odi na so manga pangni o manga taw. Aya bo a masisinganin iyan na so kaphakakowa niyan sa mala barakat a manga ala a gabon sa langit. Inako mawma siran a manga a mama a migay ko manga singanin iyan na aya niyan kiyatokawi ko kala I kipantag o ranaw ko pagtaw.
"Jalal and the Lake leaps from the page in the rich, royal colours of Meranaw culture. Hanna Usman has put a clever, modern sting to the magical tale of a boy who yearns for the clouds." - Candy Gourlay, Author of "Bonetalk"
ADRIANA: I like that this highlights Maranaw culture, all the other books I've read have always been about the Marawi siege. The illustrations are fascinating!
ALEXINE: I recently met someone from Marawi and I told her about this upcoming release and she was thrilled. The world needs to know that they are so much more than the war.
AUTHOR: Hanna Usman
ILLUSTRATOR: Marianne J. Palita
PUBLISHER: Sari-Sari Storybooks
LANGUAGE: English & Meranaw
DATE PUBLISHED: 2023