Nanay Coring (or Mother Coring) is the affectionate nickname of Socorro Ramos, who with her husband, started the National Book Store chain. National Book Store is like the Barnes & Noble of the Philippines and was named after the cash register brand they first used.
All the other bookstores in the Philippines seem to follow the same style. It is a mix of books and school and office supplies as well as stationery- some of which tend to focus more on the latter inventory rather than the books. This picture book explained that during WWII books were being destroyed and they could only sell non-book items to survive.
Most of the books also tend to be shrink wrapped to discourage reading in the store.
Included in the back are 12 of her tips which she has learned and used over the years. Nanay Coring was hardworking and had a good head for business. Despite a few setbacks, she persevered. She also incorporated things she knew people needed and wanted and sold those alongside the books. Her story of entrepreneurship started when she couldn’t afford to go to college. This was her way of helping others continue their education.
I also enjoyed the collage illustrations.
This was so good! I really enjoyed learning about Noah Webster and how determined he was to do what he wanted despite all the obstacles and constantly being disliked. The illustrations were playful. I would say this is a must-have in any school library collection!