In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Title of Picture Book: In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Author: Sandhya Rao

Illustrator: Proti Roy

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: The quiet villages of Sundarban are terrorised by a monster with wild eyes, sharp teeth, striped skin and pointed nails – Dokkhin Rai! Until finally, Bon Bibi, protector of the forests and people asks hi a simple questions: Why do you do this?
The answer to this question is central to the age-old theme of human-animal harmony that has inspired many stories, including this one. Set in a lesser known part of Bengal, the lush and mysterious Sundarban, the textured narrative and dramatic, detailed illustrations evoke a distinct culture of the place – the natural confluence of Hindu and Muslim mythologies, and the rhythm and concerns of everyday life at the edge of the jungle.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): environment, siblings, legends, nature, not wasting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting tale.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 81-8146-925-9

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

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Elizabeth Meets the Queen

Title of Picture Book: Elizabeth Meets the Queen

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Arai Kreva

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Born in the jungles of Borneo, Elizabeth Choy travels to Singapore and becomes a teacher. As a result of helping prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation, she goes through much suffering and torture. Journey with our wartime heroine as she tides through hardship towards freedom and finally meets the Queen of England.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): history, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): war, history, perseverance, heroine, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simply told biography.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4757-00-3

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

Painting a Tiger

Title of Picture Book: Painting a Tiger

Author: Jiao Lei

Illustrator: Xie Fang Lai

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (No English blurb)

English Translation from Chinese by William Su (translated name)

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): values

5 Keywords (other than themes): boastful, wisdom, elders, honest, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting tale.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-7-5083-5795-9

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

The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

Title of Picture Book: The Churki-Burki Book of Rhymes

Author: Gita Wolf

Illustrator: Durga Bai

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tara Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Churki and Burki, the rhyming sisters, and spend a day with them in their village, playing and singing songs.
Adapted from the Gond artist Durga Bai’s rendering of her own childhood in her village Patangahr, this is a merry take of fun and rhyme.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family

5 Keywords (other than themes): village, drawings, rhymes, games, sisters

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Unusual style of drawings.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-80340-06-7

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

Look Up!

Title of Picture Book: Look Up!

Author: Jung Jin-Ho

Illustrator: Jung Jin-Ho

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Holiday House, New York, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

English translation from Korean by Mi Yung Kim

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends, places

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perspective, spatial awareness, making friends, illustration, high rise

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story is driven by the intriguing illustration with minimal text. For children growing up in high rise apartments, they will perhaps relate to this. Great book for starting a good conversation.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8234-3652-1

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

Siri Ikun and the Two Birds

Title of Picture Book: Suri Ikun and the Two Birds

Author: Dian K

Illustrator: Alvin Adhi

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): BIP, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: Suri Ikun was a good boy. One day, he got lost in the jungle and the ghosts kidnapped him. There was nothing Suri Ikun could do. Despite all these, he kept on doing good things to others, including to two badly wounded birds that was trapped into the cave he was being held. What would happen next to Suri Ikun? Would he be able to escape from the ghosts?

In Indonesian and English. English translation byDono Sunardi.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family, friends, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, legend, helpfulness, sibling, brothers

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Some minor errors in the English sentences.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-602-394-622-8

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

The Crying Stone

Title of Picture Book: The Crying Stone

Author: Dian K

Illustrator: Arkhan Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): BIP, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: Darmi treated her own mother very badly, no matter that her mother loved her very much. One day, Darmi and her mother went to the market. Darmi denied her mother there by telling to everyone that she was coming with her maid, not her mother. This, of course, made Darmi’s mother felt broken. She cried because of it. What happened next to Darmi? Would she finally realize that she had done things very bad?

In Indonesian and English. English translation by Dono Sunardi.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): legend, respect, bilingual, gratefulness, mother

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Some minor errors in the English sentence structures.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-602-394-686-0

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

The Naughty Mynah

Title of Picture Book: The Naughty Mynah

Author: Evelyn Sue Wong

Illustrator: Tee Sieok Bing

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): AFCC Publications, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Paul Jones, a visiting art teacher who has just arrived in Singapore befriends a clever mynah that can speak English and Mandarin. Agreeing to help Mr Jones learn Mandarin, the mynah accompanies him yo surprise his students on the first day of school. The mynah soon learns from the students and Mr Jones that it is too clever for its own good. Or does it?

This engaging story helps young readers develop an appreciation for the diverse language environment they live in. Through the basic concept of “translating” and “opposites”, readers are encouraged to think about the role and importance of bilingualism in their daily lives. A bilingual glossary is provided at the time of the book for easy reference.

Translation into Chinese by Tan Dan Feng.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, friends, nature

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, bird, school, jokes, opposites

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The jokes are best appreciated when one is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0338-1

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

Mulan

Title of Picture Book: Mulan

Author: Li Jian

Illustrator: Li Jian

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Shanghai Press, China

Publisher’s Blurb: The legend of Mulan and her bravery is captured in this book of beautiful ink paintings.

There was once an extraordinary girl who was as beautiful as she was brave. She knew how to read and write and sew. She loved to ride horses and shoot her bow and arrows. But it was her love for her family and her father that made her into a great soldier.

In English and Chinese. English translation by Yijin Wert

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, bravery, gender, legend, ink paintings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The ink paintings are beautiful

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-60220-986-2

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

Mina Meets Cambridge

Title of Picture Book: Mina Meets Cambridge

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mina is excited to visit her elder sister, Zara, in Cambridge. Mina has heard so much about Cambridge University from Zara and longs to visit. As Mina spends time with her sister, she discovers many interesting facts about Cambridge. However, she wonders why Zara does not seem to notice the charming characters they meet along the way …

Mina Meets Cambridge is a whimsical story of an imaginative girl’s adventure in Cambridge. There she learns that in order to be successful, one needs to work hard, persevere, and have courage to dream big.

Age 9 and above; also for the dreamers and the young at heart.

This book is also available in Braille.

The typeface used in this book is know as Dyslexie Font, a five specially designed for people with dyslexia.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): Imagination, famous people, aspiration, history, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Informative.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4282-3

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