Saturday, November 14, 2020
Humanities Guåhan is pleased to host a special edition of the Virtual Family Story Hour! Rediscover the meaning of family in this month’s feature, I Malingu Na Påtgon with author Rufina Mendiola and fellow CHamoru language expert and educator, Rosa Salas Palomo.

I Malingu na Påtgon (The Lost Child) tells the story of a young girl named Bella, who feels like she has been forgotten by her large and very busy family. She finds friendship and love in her garden. Through captivating illustrations, I Malingu na Påtgon depicts key CHamoru values, particularly the importance of family and working together. This children's book by Rufina Fejeran Mendiola is written entirely in the CHamoru language with illustrations by Joseph Flores Sablan and is published by Taiguini Books of the University of Guam Press.

What to expect:
You will listen to a bilingual reading in CHamoru and English. You will be introduced to the beautiful landscape of Guåhan and learn about family traditions at the låncho. The main character, Bella reminds us to cherish one another, no matter how busy we become. The story also serves as a reminder of the importance of staying connected with family and friends while social distancing during this pandemic. Participants will engage in interactive activities that support family literacy and encourage life-long learning.