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

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My House

Title of Picture Book: My House

Author: Nandini Nayar

Illustrator: Sreekanth Raj

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Pranav wants Maya to come to his house. “Why?” Maya wants to know.

Bright pictures form a cheery backdrop to a narrative that sees a house through a child’s eyes , and makes a good introduction to colours.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): colours, house, friendship, home, invitation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to talk about colours and also where we stay.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-557-8

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

 

Larry in School

Title of Picture Book: Larry in School

Author: Devaki Nair

Illustrator: Chen Dai

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ol International. Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): first day of school, behaviour, play, learning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): About a boy that behaves a little differently in class, and who enjoys playing just like the other children.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-3995-9

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

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

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

Under the Neem Tree

Title of Picture Book: Under the Neem Tree

Author: P Anuradha

Illustrator: A V Ilango

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Everyday after school, Kla and her friends gather under the Neem tree and wait for Nainamma to tell them stories. Today Nainamma tells them about the well-known folktale about Ookamma and Okaiah, sprinkling it as usual with her homilies and conveying her world view.

Under the Neem Tree is not just a story about a story set in rural Andhra Pradesh. In it, two rolds come alive together – the real one in which children make riends, eat, play and watch adults squabble and bully, and the world of Nainamma’s story. And as the story of Ookamma and Ookaiahunfolds, so does the everyday life of the children in all its rich detail, drawing readers inot a world where issues of work and food are constant concerns. When the story ends, the children roll with laughter. And so does Nainamma.

The flowing lines of Illango’s illustrations perfectly capture the liveliness of the story and its ambience.

Translated from Telugu by N Manohar Reddy

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): storyteller, hunger, death, rural life, speaking

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A seemingly wordy but very engaging tale within a tale. Cleverly woven together. Deals with some unusual themes like hunger, death and rural life.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 93-5046-060-2

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

The Shepherd and His Cloud

Title of Picture Book: The Shepherd and His Cloud

Author: Natalia Pang

Illustrator: Drewscape

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Shai is a shepherd, but not the ordinary kind. He is a shepherd of the clouds in the sky.

He is often lonely, but one day, a mischievous little cloud turns his world upside down.

A story about the delicate bonds of friendship.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): clouds, imagination, friendship, loneliness, feelings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical tale with depth.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-4266-35-2

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

What a Noise!

Title of Picture Book: What a Noise!

Author: Nur Humaira Suleman and Nur Linda Halek

Illustrator: Nur Azmi Mokhtar

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Jojo likes his new home but his neighbours are just too noisy.

English translation from Malay by Huda Mukhlis

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): quiet, neighbours, animal sounds, gratefulness, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple tale about being good neighbours.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-782-1

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

Look Up!

Title of Picture Book: Look Up!

Author: Jung Jin-Ho

Illustrator: Jung Jin-Ho

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Holiday House, New York, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

English translation from Korean by Mi Yung Kim

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perspective, spatial awareness, making friends, illustration, high rise

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story is driven by the intriguing illustration with minimal text. For children growing up in high rise apartments, they will perhaps relate to this. Great book for starting a good conversation.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8234-3652-1

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