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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Kali and Sida: Finding Home by Margaret Mendoza is a delightful children's animal story that skillfully weaves the important lesson of teamwork through the experiences of its main characters. On one side of a huge mountain named Mount Baco, Sida who is a tarsier lives with her family. On the other side of the mountain, a tamaraw named Kali lives with his family. Every day the families live in harmony until one day, a powerful, destructive typhoon sweeps over the mountain. Strong torrents of water carry Sida and Kali away from their families. Though sometimes fearful and unsure, both work together to overcome each challenge on their journey as they look for the way back home and hope to become reunited with their families.
Kali and Sida contains informative content about tarsiers and tamaraws; both species can be found in the Philippines. Kali and Sida have their individual strengths and weaknesses. While Kali is a good swimmer, for instance, Sida can see well in the dark. The story teaches the value of teamwork which includes the importance of listening to others and recognizing the value they add to the team. The story also instills problem-solving skills. While Sida and Kali could easily become discouraged, they find solutions to each obstacle in the journey. It also explores the value of listening to advice. Kali’s first step in the journey is guided by what his parents had always told him with regard to finding his family when lost. The illustrations are also creative. They help tell the story by showing the occurrences in each scene. Kali and Sida: Finding Home by Margaret Mendoza is a rewarding and valuable children’s book that contains lessons on teamwork.