Tino and the Typhoon

by Alice Geer Kelsey

Engaging, Inspiring, and Educational

Rated 5 out of 5
February 1, 2021

We learned so much about the Philippines and their lifestyle and history as we were captivated by the story of Tino. A boy who conquered his fears and saved his village in a terrible storm. This book is filled with many wonderful messages including respect, a love of learning, family love, and courage.

Lezlie I.

Wonderful story!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 1, 2021

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way Tino and his sister took care of each other and I learned about the Filipino culture. There were a few folk tales sprinkled throughout the story that were interesting and fun. I liked this lesson that Tino’s father taught him, “It is doing what must be done, no matter how scared he is, that makes a brave man—or a brave boy.”

Mackenzie S

Inspiring story about overcoming fears

Rated 5 out of 5
January 21, 2021

My 10 and 14 yo daughters really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it as well and learned a lot about the Philippines as I read. I loved the sibling, parent, and community relationships in this story, and I appreciated the growth of the main character through the course of the adventurous tale. He learned that courage is being brave even though you’re scared, and he faced his fears in order to save others.

Danielle M

Engaging and Promotes Learning

Rated 5 out of 5
January 11, 2021

My second grader loves this book. She asked many questions about where the Philippines are, what a typhoon is, etc. It was fun to look at a map and learn more about setting where this story takes place.
She also enjoyed that the family has brothers and sisters. The main character is a boy, but his sister, who is the next oldest child in the family, is an important supporting character.
The book is exciting without being scary. It focuses on the virtues of being brave when afraid, hard work, and the benefits of learning and education.
There are a couple of folk stories from the culture of the characters. One mentions god and goddesses; however, the characters do not worship them. Instead, the stories give insight into the culture.
Overall, we have enjoyed this book and have read it more than once.

Catharine Gruver

Family, Fun, and Good Messages

Rated 5 out of 5
December 28, 2020

Tino and the Typoon is a great book about a boy who lives a fun life of adventure in a coastal village in the Philippines. There’s one thing holding him back from completely helping his family with the lighthouse. It’s a wonderful story of learning that children can overcome their fears.

Linda L
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Level 5

In the coastal Philippine village of Darapidap lives a boy named Tino, the lighthouse keeper’s son. Watching his father keep the light inspires Tino to do a grown man’s work, but his fears hold him back in his father’s eyes. When a fierce storm threatens the safety of the village and the fishermen at sea, Tino’s courage is put to a true test. 

135 pages

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