A hero is not always someone big and powerful. Regardless of how small you are, you can make a massive difference in the world. All that matters is the size of your heart.
Folotjing is a tiny enchanted creature who lives inside a big, magical tree. This is the story of his adventure in the deep, dark forest when he encounters terrifying beasts that want to eat him! But through the kindness of his heart and sharp wit, he makes them see their wickedness and convinces them to set him free, and they eventually become his friends. It shows that compassion is its own reward and that kindness begets a chain of itself.
Folotjing is a true hero despite his size, someone who is brave, kindhearted, and chooses to do the right thing, especially in the face of difficulty or danger.
How do I pronounce Folotjing?
Fo-lo-t-jing with the (t) or Fo-lo-jing without the (t), either way, is correct.
Note to Parents:
For children under the age of seven years old, I kindly suggest for parents to assist their child in reading the book. This book contains big words that might be beyond their comprehension, such as magnificent, dreaded, humility, mending, bullying, and terrorizing, just to name a few. This would be a valuable time for parents to interact with their children. To encourage their children to ask questions such as "What is a honeycomb?"; "What does paltry mean?", most importantly, “What is humility?" or "What do bullying and terrorizing mean?"; and parents should be open to explain and explore their meanings with their children.
The story of Folotjing is mainly about compassion and forgiveness and all other virtues that intertwine with love. Folotjing shows that courage fueled by kindness is a potent formula to change the world around us. He is an example that no matter how small we are, it is the size of our heart that matters.
The trap and the fish bone are symbolism; they show that even the most fearsome beasts in the forest are not safe from harm. It demonstrates that there is danger anywhere in our world and that we need each other’s help to survive. And that we must be humble to ask for help and also accept it graciously when received.
Folotjing teaches us to be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others, that when faced with a fork on the road, we choose the path to kindness.
The Magical Adventures of Folotjing – The Brave and Kindhearted is a fantastically whimsical picture book written for children, and it was penned and illustrated by author Rio N. Cortez. Focusing on plot themes such as the power of kindness, mind over matter, and the true nature of heroic acts, this is an engaging read with high levels of visual stimulation in its gorgeous accompanying artwork. Folotjing is a dwendi, a creature from Filipino folklore who is tiny and magical, and whom only children can see. In this adventure, which takes place in a dark forest, our little friend shows immense bravery and wins the day through kindness despite the dangers he faces.
Author and illustrator Rio N. Cortez has created an utterly delightful story from start to finish with the immersive and truly beautiful stories of Folotjing. The sweet little dwendi is charming, both in the colorful and sepia-toned pages of the picture book and in the lovingly crafted poetic verses and dialogue where he shows his incredible kindness. The moment with the wolf melted my heart from the off. There is a rhyme scheme that keeps the readability flowing for younger, accompanied readers to the book, but it also never interferes with the language usage and the scheme changes to fit different moments of the story. Deceptively complex in its creation, this gives each moment of the tale a different atmospheric feel whilst also staying simple enough for younger readers to access it. Overall, The Magical Adventures of Folotjing – The Brave and Kindhearted is an unmissable picture book that every child should own.