Winner, 1995 National Book Award for Children’s Literature
Ten Best Books of 1995, The Philippine Daily Inquirer
National Artist for Literature Francisco Arcellana’s 1938 classic short story “The Mats” speaks of love, laughter, and loss in a dazzling picture book for the entire family.
“One of the most gorgeous children’s books ever made.”— Sunday Inquirer Magazine
“Incomparable… one of the great artifacts of Philippine culture.”—Nick Joaquin
“A daring publishing venture… One finishes the book shaken by the surprise ending, but grateful for the invitation to talk to one’s child about the reality of loss and the durability of love.”—Rina Jimenez-David, Philippine Daily Inquirer