Tuesday, May 08, 2012


[As a publisher, I'm so tickled to have the chance to publish this book. Please spread the word -- I promise it will enchant adults as much as the kiddos!]

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A bilingual children’s book by Gayle Romasanta, Ramon Abad and translators Carmen and Pat Romasanta, in both printed chapbook and e-book formats

Release Date: 2012

Print chapbook: $12.00 from Meritage Press (email MeritagePress@aol.com)

E-book: $9.99 from Meritage Press’ Lulu account

Meritage Press is delighted to announce its latest release, the bilingual children's book Beautiful Eyes with text by Gayle Romasanta, Tagalog translations by Carmen and Pat Romasanta, and illustrations by Ramon Abad. More information is at its book link: http://meritagepress.com/beautiful.htm

Beautiful Eyes is based on the timeless motor skills and memory game taught to Filipino babies. An adult says to the baby, “Beautiful Eyes!” Based on memory, a baby will open and close her eyes, batting them for all to see! Beautiful Eyes also emphasizes the beauty that is the Filipino self. It aims to nurture this sense of self early on in the baby years for little ones to take into adulthood—and for adults to remember this sense of self as they read to their children.

This enchanting project can be ordered as a chapbook directly from the publisher for $12 + $2 shipping (email: MeritagePress@aol.com). It is also available from http://www.lulu.com/shop/gayle-romasanta-and-ramon-abad/beautiful-eyes/ebook/product-20064455.html as an e-book which can be read on iPhone, iPad, Kindle and other tablets that can read the PDF format. Kindle users may need to download the ebook to their computer then email the file to their Kindle. See Kindle instructions on transferring files to Kindle. For a full list of available devices, go to http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Digital-Media-eBook-Downloading/What-devices-can-I-view-my-eBook-on/ta-p/31639 (see 3rd column-PDF).

Meritage Press is proud to support this project, a needed addition to bilingual children’s literature involving Filipino culture.

Gayle Romasanta was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to the United States when she was 1 ½ years old. When she was five she wrote a short story about the little people who lived underground. After this story, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Along the way she learned to play the violin, joined a funny theater group, went to art school, and had two babies. She continues to write and publish her creative writing.

Ramon Abad was born in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines and moved to the United States when he was almost 2 years old. When he was four he would draw on everything: on walls, in books, and on recycled paper from his dad’s work. Now as a grown-up he draws on a computer, but he still also draws on recycled paper.

Chapbook ISBN: 978-0-9826493-3-6
E-book ISBN: 978-0-9826493-4-3

For more information, please email the publisher at MeritagePress@aol.com

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