Puteri Gunung Ledang

Title of Picture Book: Puteri Gunung Ledang

Author: Maslina Md Nor

Illustrator: Maslina Md Nor

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): MPH, Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: One night, Sultan Mahmud Shah, the ruler of Melaka, was visited by a wonderful lady in a dream. The lady is Puteri Gunung Ledang, the princess who has guarded Gung Ledang for hundreds of years. Sultan Mahmud Shah orders his men, led by Lasamana Hang Tuah, to Gunung Ledang to convey his marriage proposal to her. Will Hang Tuah fulfil his duty?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): legend, Melaka, princess, mountain, sultan

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A straight forward retelling of a Malaysian legend.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-415-463-9

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

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There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Title of Picture Book: There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Author: Maria Mahat

Illustrator: Idris Ali

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ungu Pen Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mahir and his classmates go on an excursion at Malay Heritage Centre. He and his best friend, Aqil, wonder what Singapore was like in the olden days. Their imagination leads them to explore snapshots of old and fascinating Singapore, and the culture of the Malays. A bilingual English-Malay storybook that includes a wide range of learning for young children. A must-have for all preschoolers and primary schoolers!

Comes with a DVD

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Malay, game, museum, imagination, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Many opportunities to learn more about the Malay culture and heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0539-5

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

List: Makan Tine!

Title of Picture Book: Makan Time!

Author: Sharon Ismail

Illustrator: Elieth Sardinas

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Dua M, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Whenever Sarah goes out with Grandpa, it is always Makan Time!

Join Sarah as she discovers local delicacies such as Nasi lemak, and Roti Prata with her grandfather. Set in a typical Singaporean setting, Sarah learns that it is good to try new foods and that it is alright if we like different things.

My Grandfather’s Magic Car is a bilingual (English-Malay) picture book series written for preschool readers. It includes a glossary and activities page at the end of the book to support comprehension and vocabulary building.

5 Keywords (other than themes): car, food, honesty, healthy eating, bilingual

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7578-0

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

List: My Name is Nadia. I have Autism.

Title of Picture Book: My Name is Nadia. I have Austism.

Author: Huda Patel

Illustrator: EorG

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Nadia looks like any other eight-year-old girl. She likes to sing and read books. She loves to eat chocolate and play balloons. But Nadia also likes to repeat words and pace around.
She dislikes noises as they are often amplified in her ears.
Welcome to Nadia’s world. Have you met children with autism like her?

Also comes with Malay text.

5 Keywords (other than themes): autism, dyslexie font, diversity, school, grandparents

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An attractive book with a fairly straight forward telling of the experience of a girl with autism. More information about autism is given in the back matters.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1349-9

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

List: Star Anise, Superstar!

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Title of Picture Book: Star Anise, Superstar

Author: Linn Shekinah

Illustrator: OSH

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): The Almond Tree, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Star Anise dreams of being a star. But nobody in Spice Town seems to notice her, so she sets off in search of stardom. Join Star Anise as she goes on a flavourful adventure and finds out what it really means to be a star. This tasty tale is about caring for others.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Spices, Food, Sharing, Cooking, Culture

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to introduce Asian spices such as star anise, cinnamon, shallot, clover, ginger and chilli. The story is somewhat predictable and the senses associated with spices could have been better engaged. The illustration could also have been more attractive. The Malay text, translated by the Singapore Malay Teachers’ Union, felt┬álike “subtitles”.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-8018-0