List: Why Do Chinese Shout Yam Seng?

Title of Picture Book: Why Do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng and Other Questions

Author: Edmund Wee

Illustrator: Chee Jia Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why do Chinese eat noodles at wedding dinners? Why do they hang blankets at HDB void decks during a funeral wake? Why is Chinatown called “bullock cart water”?

We provide the answers – and useful tips – to some of the most-asked questions young Singaporeans might have about the Chinese.

This book is part of a fun series about the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each handbook uses twenty questions to highlight diversity and promote understanding of the different races in Singapore.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Customs, traditions, politeness, food, racial harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting questions with simply written answers. The illustrations are colourful and literal.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-5568-2

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

List: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same


Photo 22-4-17, 4 57 08 PMTitle: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same

Author: Eve Aw

Illustrator: Yunroo

Publisher: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s time for our yearly reunion dinner with Grandma. We love Grandma but oh dear! Is she going to ask those same questions again? It can be rather tiring to answer them every year. But maybe, the answers are not really that important to Grandma after all …


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Quick Review: A lovely story about family, traditions and changes as we grow. While the story is about Lunar New Year reunions, the illustrations by Yunroo adds whimsy and delight.

5 Key Words: Growing Up, Traditions, Food, Sibling, Hobbies

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4655-39-2