Lolo’s Sari-sari Store

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The narrator reminisces about times spent at her grandfather’s “sari-sari” store in the Philippines, a neighborhood store that is typically operated from home. It was a type of place where folks stopped by to get what they needed, whether it was small shampoo packets, fresh-baked pan de sal, or friendly conversation. After moving to America, the young girl reflects on examples of care and compassion she witnessed through the sari-sari store. As she makes friends in her new home, she brings the values learned from her beloved lolo.

Accompanied by the delightful illustrations of Christina Almeda, author Sophia N. Lee pens her first children’s book that deals with themes of nostalgia, diversity, love for family, and lending a hand. Readers who have experienced the disruption of immigration will find solace in the themes of Lolo’s Sari-Sari Store.

I read the book through the lens of a Filipino immigrant who is familiar with the ethos of the Philippine sari-sari store. More than a business, the sari-sari store also serves as a community hub. Lee provides sufficient background about the neighborhood-based, family-run business. She does an excellent job of describing the Filipino values of service and care for the community.

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Author Sophia N Lee, Christine Almeda
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 01-Aug-2023
ISBN 9781534494473 Buy this Book
Issue September 2023
Category Uncategorized