Little Wayang Kid

Title of Picture Book: Little Wayang Kid

Author: Raymond Tan

Illustrator: Joey Ng Kai Woon

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

Story of an Indian boy learning Chinese wayang.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, culture, arts, performance, harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story with interesting actions.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1125-6

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

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Mindy’s First MRT Adventure

Title of Picture Book: Mindy’s First MRT Adventure

Author: Chin Yu Teng, Debra Thang, Wendy Yee

Illustrator: Twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mindy has always wanted to ride the train.

One day after school, Daddy decides to take her on her very first MRT adventure.

Join Mindy as she explores the sights and sounds on the MRT, and discovers her new favourite way to travel.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): politeness, transport, courtesy, behaviour, outing

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A straight forward story about proper behaviour on the train.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-4663-3

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

Guai Wu The Chinese Elf

Title of Picture Book: Guai Wu The Chinese Elf

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Christine Lim Simpson

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Guai Wu looks different from other children. Because of this, they shun him and hurl ugly names and unkind words at him. One day, Guai Wu met a seamstress who took him in, and offered him food and shelter. Then, mysteriously, beautifully embroidered items started appearing in her home. Does Guai Wu have anything to do with them? And does he finally find acceptance for who he is?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): grateful, kindness, looks, beauty, friendship

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Good story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-2898-1

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

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

Practice Makes Po-fect!

Title of Picture Book: Practice Makes Po-fect!

Author: Tan Chun Xiao, Diandrea Ho Siu Ping, Nicholas Tan Kian Boon, Ang Hao Duan

Illustrator: Tan Chun Xiao

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Po, the Raffles’ Banded Langur, has just started climbing but, it is not as easy as it seems! He does not want to be the slowest in his troop anymore, so he goes off looking for his friends for help. Join Po in his journey as he learns to work hard and never give up.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): practice, animals, motion, support, unique

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Besides the Raffles Banded Langur, this story also introduces the Common Gliding Lizard, Malayan Colugo and Paradise Tree Snake

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3249-0

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

Layang-layang

Title of Picture Book: Layang-layang

Author: Lucy Pou K H

Illustrator: Boboy

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): L.A.M.P. Learning, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: A mediating-to-learn book.

Kassim feels sad when his birthday present, a kite, is lost. When Kassim finds the kite that he lost, it is no longer the same. Can Kassim do anything about it?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mediating learning, problem solving, kite, emotion, lost

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with suggestions on how to mediate learning using this book based on the Mediating Learning Practice Framework. (Not about mediation.)

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-2312-2

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

Franny’s Ballerina Dream

Title of Picture Book: Franny’s Ballerina Dream

Author: Tang Hanyu

Illustrator: Chua Zixin, Janice Yap

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Teamway Education Resources, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: “Start protecting your eyes. It’s never too late.” – Franny

We are Project FOReSIGHT, a group of students from School of Arts, Singapore (SOTA), who are currently doing a Community Problem Solving (CmPS) project on childhood myopia.

Hence, we aim to create more opportunities for both children aged 4 to 12 and their parents to be more aware of the importance of protecting their eyesight through practicing good eye care habits so that there will be a decrease in the number of children suffering from myopia in Singapore.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): myopia, handphone, habits, ballet, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with notes on good and bad eye care habits.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3999-4

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

Use Your Head

Title of Picture Book: Use Your Head

Author: Felix Cheong

Illustrator: Natassya Diana Siregar

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When young Kayden is told by his busy mother to use his head and think of something to do, he picks up his pencil to do a join-the-dots page and tumbles into a land where friendly flamingoes welcome him with, “We are never too busy for tea./ We have books laid out for three.”

Written in simple rhyming couplets that children of age four and above will enjoy reading aloud, this whimsical and charmingly-illustrated book follows Kayden and his flamingo friends up a mountain, under the sea, and off in a hot-air balloon … until Mum is ready to play with him once again.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): animal, imagination, toy, thinking, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting story

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4768-4

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

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Title of Picture Book: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Author: Shan-Shan Chen

Illustrator: Heidi Goodman

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tuttle Publishing

Publisher’s Blurb: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, recipe, cooking, tradition, kitchen

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The topic of adoption was mentioned only in passing. The main focus was on the process of preparing the birthday noodle.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8048-4461-1

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

Chirri and Chirra

Title of Picture Book: Chirri & Chirra

Author: Kaya Doi

Illustrator: Kaya Doi

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Enchanted Lion Books, New York

Publisher’s Blurb: (no blurb)
Born on Tokyo, Kaya Doi graduated with a design degree from Tokyo Zokei University. She got a start in picture books through the Atosaki Juku Workshop, a program at a Tokyo workshop. Doi has created many wonderful books. She lives in Chiba Prefecture and maintains a strong interest in environmental and animal welfare issues.

Translated from Japanese by Yuki Kaneko.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): forest, animals, tours, food, concert

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The two girls’ whimsical visit to the forest and meeting interesting animal friends.

Attractive illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-59270-199-5

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