List: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

TaraLaroTayo coverTitle of Picture Book: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

Author: Elbert Or

Illustrator: Elbert Or

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends, Fun, Counting

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, Outdoor games, Numbers, Preschool, Animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A delightful book for toddlers learning to count and play simple games.” –Nina Lim-Yuson, Executive Director, Museo Pambata Foundation

“Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.” –Carla M. Pacis, Gawad Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Children’s Literature in English

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-006-9

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tahanan Books

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List: Pagtulog Na, Nene

Pagtulog Na NeneTitle of Picture Book: Pagtulog Na, Nene

Author: A Hiligaynon Lullaby

Illustrator: Hermes Alegre

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: “Pagtulog na, Nene” is a gentle lullaby from the Hiligaynon-speaking people of Panay Island in western Visayas, Philippines. The name “Nene” is a term of endearment for a female child or a young woman in the Visayas, and even in Luzon. Today, the song is frequently rendered in arranged choral style because of its sweet melody and flowing rhythm. It is possible that there are other versions of this lullaby, since folk songs are an oral tradition. They are shaped and reshaped over time by the people that sing them.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family

5 Keywords (other than themes): Lullaby, Folk song, Painting, Mother & child, Bedtime

Brief Review (in under 50 words): If you loved Hermes Alegre’s art in BAHAY KUBO (1993), you’ll love his mother and child paintings against vivid countryside backdrops in his new picture book, PAGTULOG NA, NENE (2017).

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-013-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tahanan Books

List: First Around the Globe

First Around the GlobeTitle of Picture Book: FIRST AROUND THE GLOBE: The Story of Enrique

Author: Reni Roxas and Marc Singer

Illustrator: Arnel Mirasol

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Enrique, Ferdinand Magellan’s loyal servant and interpreter, who traveled with his master during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. Follow Enrique’s ten-year journey around the world, from the time he was kidnapped by pirates as a youth, to Magellan’s death at the Battle of Mactan.

Inspired by an article written by National Artist for Historical Literature Carlos Quirino, with vibrant illustrations rendered by Arnel Mirasol, this much-awaited twentieth-anniversary edition introduces a new generation of young people to Enrique, the accidental balikbayan who was also an extraordinary witness to history.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): History, Places, Discovery

5 Keywords (other than themes): Travel, Navigation, Ferdinand Magellan, Malay, Journey

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “If all our history books were written like First Around the Globe, history would certainly be the most interesting and delightful subject in school.” —Junior Inquirer Magazine

“An irresistible yarn that provides a history lesson with a twist.”—Mega Magazine

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-008-3

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tahanan Books

List: Chilli Padi

Title of Picture Book: Chilli Padi

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ethos Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Puteh has a new friend, Itam, a kitchen help adopted by Puteh’s grandmother. The two children find themselves in trouble when they get into a fight in the kitchen. Itam is punished for Puteh’s misdeed.
Find out how Puteh redeems herself with her new friend, by using the magic of her beaded slippers. A tale of friendship and loyalty, join Puteh and Itam on their kitchen adventure and discover a quirky side to the Peranakans, through their food heritage.

5 Keywords (other than themes): festivals, heritage, forgiveness, food, adoption

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The punishment of Itam would be considered brutal by today’s standard. It might be a concern or a suitable platform for talking about this matter with a child.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-1328-4

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

List: Justice Bao

Title of Picture Book: Justice Bao – The Case of the Missing Coins

Author: Catherine Khoo

Illustrator: Chen Ziyue

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Renowned for his wisdom and sense of fairness, Justice Bao was a high-ranking magistrate during the Sing Dynasty in ancient China. In The Case of the Missing Coins, Justic Bao has to decide what to do when a merchant accuses a woodcutter of stealing his money. Should he take the word of the well-dressed merchant or believe the shabby woodcutter who can barely speak for himself?

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, speaking up, wisdom, legend, justice

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good way to talk about honesty and also about speaking up for others.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5810-3

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

List: Marco Goes East

Title of Picture Book: Marco Goes East

Author: John Koh & Adelia Yeo

Illustrator: Shelley Low

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: (None)

Marco, the little dragon, goes on a journey through some of our civilisation’s greatest cities and monuments, such as the Parthenon, Sphinx, Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and Gardens by the Bay.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, geography, world map, dragon, travel

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 878-981-07-9085-1

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

List: Sasha visits Sentosa Island

Title of Picture Book: Sasha visits Sentosa Island

Author: Shamini

Illustrator: Alpana

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Sunbear Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Sentosa is a resort island juts off the coast of Singapore where it is possible to enjoy sandy beaches, nature walks and other attractions. It is a popular destination with residents and visitors and a favourite spot for children.

5 Keywords (other than themes): attractions, animals, nature walks, butterflies, aquarium

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A question on each page invites the reader to look at the illustration more carefully.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-2343-2

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses