Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #111

02 Mar


Nanay Coring: The Story of National Book Store's Socorro RamosNanay Coring: The Story of National Book Store’s Socorro Ramos by Yvette Fernandez
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

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W Is For Webster: Noah Webster and his American DictionaryW Is For Webster: Noah Webster and his American Dictionary by Tracey E. Fern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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!

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2 responses to “Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #111

  1. Jane @ raincitylibrarian

    March 2, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Interesting to see a book about a book store chain founder – I can’t imagine anyone turning the story of the founders of my country’s biggest bookstore chain into a picture book! Always nice to find books about hardworking, successful businesswomen, definitely inspirational for kids.

  2. crbrunelle

    March 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for these great titles. I’m intrigued by the Nanay Coring book. I don’t know if I’ve read a bio of a book store owner beyond Book Itch/No Crystal Stair.


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