Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 9
- Grade: k to 4
Inspired by a true story, Tony’s Wheels follows a boy who moves to Canada from the Philippines and becomes successful in wheelchair racing. He becomes so good he gets to join the National Canadian Team. While competing internationally, Tony meets para-athletes from his old country and notices that their equipment is old and heavy. Tony wins the race, but how does he treat his competitors?
About the authors
About the Author
Mila Bongco-Philipzig | Author
Mila is the author of other bilingual children’s books celebrating stories of migration and travel, culture and traditions. Born and raised in Manila, she currently lives in Edmonton with her husband Jan and son Mats. Mila is an avid marathoner and a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity.
About the Illustrator
Michael Parillas | Illustrator
Michael is a graphic designer, keen in exploring ways to convey meaningful storytelling through illustration and design. Raised in Canada, he understands the challenges and joys of embracing multiculturalism at a young age while brought up in a Filipino household. Through Tony’s Wheels, he hopes others find a deeper appreciation of one’s heritage. More of Michael’s work can be found at parillasdesign.com.