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

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List: From Manila with Love

From Manila With LoveTitle of Picture Book: From Manila With Love: A Balikbayan Story

Author: Amy Luna Capelle

Illustrator: Auri Asuncion Yambao

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: What does it mean to “come home” for the first time? From Manila With Love tells the story of a young girl who accompanies her Filipina mother to Manila for the first time. Readers will delight in her delightful, unexpected discoveries–from arriving in a sticky-hot airport to meeting relatives face-to-face to sitting down to a splendid table of native dishes and–best of all, meeting the grandmother who has loved her through years of letter-writing and sending pasalubongs. Here is a story that tenderly captures the incomparable joy of the balikbayan experience. Told in rhyming verse accompanied by picturesque illustrations, this book will surely resonate with all Filipino children, wherever they may be in the world.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, Self, Places

5 Keywords (other than themes): Home, Travel, Grandmother, Reunions, Identity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A must-read if we want our children to know and love our heritage, culture, and country.”
–The Learning Basket

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-183-0

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

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List: Pagtulog Na, Nene

Pagtulog Na NeneTitle of Picture Book: Pagtulog Na, Nene

Author: A Hiligaynon Lullaby

Illustrator: Hermes Alegre

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: “Pagtulog na, Nene” is a gentle lullaby from the Hiligaynon-speaking people of Panay Island in western Visayas, Philippines. The name “Nene” is a term of endearment for a female child or a young woman in the Visayas, and even in Luzon. Today, the song is frequently rendered in arranged choral style because of its sweet melody and flowing rhythm. It is possible that there are other versions of this lullaby, since folk songs are an oral tradition. They are shaped and reshaped over time by the people that sing them.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family

5 Keywords (other than themes): Lullaby, Folk song, Painting, Mother & child, Bedtime

Brief Review (in under 50 words): If you loved Hermes Alegre’s art in BAHAY KUBO (1993), you’ll love his mother and child paintings against vivid countryside backdrops in his new picture book, PAGTULOG NA, NENE (2017).

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-013-7

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

List: Chilli Padi

Title of Picture Book: Chilli Padi

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Puteh has a new friend, Itam, a kitchen help adopted by Puteh’s grandmother. The two children find themselves in trouble when they get into a fight in the kitchen. Itam is punished for Puteh’s misdeed.
Find out how Puteh redeems herself with her new friend, by using the magic of her beaded slippers. A tale of friendship and loyalty, join Puteh and Itam on their kitchen adventure and discover a quirky side to the Peranakans, through their food heritage.

5 Keywords (other than themes): festivals, heritage, forgiveness, food, adoption

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The punishment of Itam would be considered brutal by today’s standard. It might be a concern or a suitable platform for talking about this matter with a child.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-1328-4

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

List: Hansel and Girl Girl

Title of Picture Book: Hansel and Girl Girl

Author: Adrian Pang

Illustrator: Milenko Prvacki

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A retelling of the classic fairy tale with a Singaporean twist!
Hansel and Girl Girl lived with their father and stepmother in Ang Mo io. Their wicked stepmother always hoped they would get lost and never return. And one day, they really did not come home!
In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, award-winning theatre director Adrian Pang and world-renowned artists Milenko Prvacki combine their talents to create an entertaining Singapore-style story that young readers – and their parents – are sure to enjoy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): fairy tale

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Very so-so.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3181-6

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

List: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Title of Picture Book: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore National Co-operative Federation

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Otter wants to catch his own food. But does he know where to begin. Find out how Little Otter larns to fish for himself and has some fun along the way.

5 Keywords (other than themes): learning, perseverance, sharing, mutual-help, self-help

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1858-9

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: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Stacey accompanies her aunt to the Peranakan Museum, she does not realise what an adventure it’ll become.

Boy, is she in for a wonderful surprise …

5 Keywords (other than themes): culture, kebaya, imagination, history, museum

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the museum.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-80-7

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

List: The Amazing Sarong

Title of Picture Book: The Amazing Sarong

Author: Quek Hong Shin

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Adi and Nora are about to go to the beach when their mother takes off her sarong baby sling and tells them to take it. And what an adventure they had with it.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sarong, beach, games, food, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A nostalgic tale about the many uses of a sarong.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-86-0

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

List: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade 

Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade

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. Practice reading skills and have fun with the activity at the back.

Timmy and Tammy watch a performance in the beautiful Esplanade. What a great experience!

5 Keywords (other than themes): reader, performance, opera, etiquette, autograph

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6563-3

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