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