First Prize, Short Story for Children,
1998 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award
2002 International Board on Books
for Young People Honour List for Illustration
2000 National Book Award for Children’s Literature

“Min Pu, Wei Li, wake up!”

It’s morning in turn-of-the-century Binondo – the day two brothers are sent on an errand by their parents to deliver a basket of handsewn slippers up the Pasig River. On their way home their tiny boat collides with a rock and springs a leak. What are the boys to do?

Based on a true story, this enchanting adventure will enrapture readers young and old alike, and fill them with the buoyant belief that good luck truly comes from the most unexpected places

The stunning illustrations of Arnel Mirasol add rich dimension to an already rich story.— Parents Magazine

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