Walking in Great-Grandpa‚Äôs Tracks

Title of Picture Book: Walking in Great-Grandpa’s Tracks

Author: Beh Wei Chen, Teo Rui En Nicole, Lorraine Tan Hui En

Illustrator: Pan Yu Yu

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Institution, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: With the help of a magical hat,
A strange place Ethan finds himself,
Follow our hero as he unearths this place,
Where he meets an all too familiar face.

Three friends he will meet,
Who slither, flutter and tweet,
From whom he will learn to appreciate their home,
And all the creatures within it that roam.

Join Ethan as he backtracks into the past,
And learns to love this place at long last.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, environment, animals, landmark, transport

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting mix of history and appreciating nature.

Young writers and illustrator.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4452-0

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

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Saving and Spending Money

Title of Picture Book: Timmy & Tammy Saving and Spending Money

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Timmy and Tammy as they go out and about to explore and learn. Practise reading skills and have fun with the activity at the back.

Grandma takes Timmy and Tammy to the bank and teaches them how to save and spend money. What pearls of wisdom will they learn?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): bank, school, animals, savings, grandma

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple teaching tale with attractive illustration.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6574-9

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

Secret Hoarder

Title of Picture Book: Secret Hoarder

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Miel

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Booksmith Productions, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ben met a little squirrel and had his buried treasures stolen. Was it the squirrel that did it?

Read this book and learn about the charming native squirrel, common in our tropical rainforests. We have ‘flying” squirrels in our forests too. Did you know that?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): squirrel, treasures, planting beans, siblings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting facts about the types of squirrels native to Southeast Asia and also about the Rainforest.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-8251-7

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

An Instrument for Eddie

Title of Picture Book: An Instrument for Eddie

Author: Karen Lee

Illustrator: Tienny The

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Strategic Book Publishing, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: In the very special children’s book, An Instrument for Eddie, Eddie is an unusual elephant who loves to perform. he dreams of music, and his fondest wish is to play a musical instrument. Eddie tries to learn how to play several instruments, but is unsuccessful.

Eddie is also a resourceful elephant and he nevr gives up. Through his determination, he finally discovers an instrument that is just right for him.

This extraordinary book was inspired by a true story about a little boy with a hearing impairment, who was also determined to play a musical instrument. Just like Eddie, this little boy didn’t give up. Because of his determination and passion for music, the little boy is also able to play an instrument just like other children.

A former teacher, Karen Lee lives in Singapore. She hopes An Instrument for Eddie inspires children to never give up when reaching for their dreams.

5 Keywords (other than themes): determination, resilience, animals, music, instruments

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and charming tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-61204-302-9

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

Caged Bird of Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Caged Bird of Singapore

Author: Helene Gaborit (Translated by Catherine and Jimmy Cousins)

Illustrator: Claude Sauquet

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Open Book Editions, Cambodia

Publisher’s Blurb: On her way home from school, Anika discovers a mysterious bird on the banks of the Singapore river.

The 8 year old little girl, with the complicity of the saved bird, helps us discover the customs of everyday life of this close-to-nature town country while she discovers the meaning of true friendship herself.

The exceptional illustrations support the story through collage and gouche.

Anika’s story takes us ona cultural journey. The Glossary explains to us some interesting details of life in Asia.

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, landmarks, bird, freedom, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A slightly exotic version of Singapore, and a few factual errors in the glossary.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-999-63-5973-6

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

The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Title of Picture Book: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Author: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Illustrator: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs is the culmination of a creative collaboration between two Singaporean artists.

Lee Ju-Lyn enjoys combining different forms and ideas. She is the author of All the People Imagine (2008), a “Murakami-meets-Tim-Burton-meets-blog entries collection of short fiction …”, and Millie, an experimental literary work supported by the NAC Arts Creation Fund (2010).

Levene Wong is an artist whose works express a childlike imagination to the world around her. She has exhibited in Melbourne, Australia, from her Wander series. Specialising in creating visuals for the young at heart, Levene has worked with publishers both in Singapore and abroad.

5 Keywords (other than themes): failure, positive, vegetable, imagination, art

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical story about facing challenges in life positively.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4170-3

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

List: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Title of Picture Book: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Cloud lives in the tropics where it never snows. But when he decides that he wants to make a snowman, Mama Cloud takes him to look for snow. In this sweet, whimsical tale about love, loss and precipitation, Little Cloud finds out that there is something more precious than all the snow in the world.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mother, water cycle, rainbow, geography, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting tale that weaves together the love of a mother for her child, the water cycle, and even famous landmarks of the world.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-27-5

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

List: Morris takes a chance

Title of Picture Book: Morris Takes A Chance

Author: Amanda Teow

Illustrator: Amanda Teow

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Morris the Mouse wakes up in the night to hear strange sounds outside his little home. What could be making all that noise?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): rhymes, fear, mouse, animals, cat

Brief Review (in under 50 words): There’s a series of interesting rhymes in part of the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-39-0

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

List: Pura the Cat

Title of Picture Book: Pura the Cat

Author: Tan Soon Meng

Illustrator: Ann Gee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Pura lives at Boat Quay with his three best friends. Other stray cats don’t pay any attention to Pura – until they find out that he is a special kind of cat. But when he gets in trouble, Pura finds out just who his real friends are.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): cats, breed, helpful, friendship, strays

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-23-7

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

List: The Adventures of Mooty

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Mooty

Author: Jessie wee

Illustrator: Kwan Shan Mei

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: The Adventures of Mooty, first published in 1980, depicts the delightful adventures of a lovable mouse who endears himself to a community of animals, birds and insects and becomes their hero. This new edition of five books, each comprising two stories, will find Mooty warming the hearts of the young once more.

In Book One: Mooty and Grandma and Mooty and the Satay-man

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mouse, fright, food, animals, hawker

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story and illustrations are delightful and has a tinge of nostalgia to them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4276-55-9

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