An Instrument for Eddie

Title of Picture Book: An Instrument for Eddie

Author: Karen Lee

Illustrator: Tienny The

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Strategic Book Publishing, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: In the very special children’s book, An Instrument for Eddie, Eddie is an unusual elephant who loves to perform. he dreams of music, and his fondest wish is to play a musical instrument. Eddie tries to learn how to play several instruments, but is unsuccessful.

Eddie is also a resourceful elephant and he nevr gives up. Through his determination, he finally discovers an instrument that is just right for him.

This extraordinary book was inspired by a true story about a little boy with a hearing impairment, who was also determined to play a musical instrument. Just like Eddie, this little boy didn’t give up. Because of his determination and passion for music, the little boy is also able to play an instrument just like other children.

A former teacher, Karen Lee lives in Singapore. She hopes An Instrument for Eddie inspires children to never give up when reaching for their dreams.

5 Keywords (other than themes): determination, resilience, animals, music, instruments

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and charming tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-61204-302-9

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

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The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Title of Picture Book: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Author: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Illustrator: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs is the culmination of a creative collaboration between two Singaporean artists.

Lee Ju-Lyn enjoys combining different forms and ideas. She is the author of All the People Imagine (2008), a “Murakami-meets-Tim-Burton-meets-blog entries collection of short fiction …”, and Millie, an experimental literary work supported by the NAC Arts Creation Fund (2010).

Levene Wong is an artist whose works express a childlike imagination to the world around her. She has exhibited in Melbourne, Australia, from her Wander series. Specialising in creating visuals for the young at heart, Levene has worked with publishers both in Singapore and abroad.

5 Keywords (other than themes): failure, positive, vegetable, imagination, art

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical story about facing challenges in life positively.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4170-3

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

List: Pura the Cat

Title of Picture Book: Pura the Cat

Author: Tan Soon Meng

Illustrator: Ann Gee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pura lives at Boat Quay with his three best friends. Other stray cats don’t pay any attention to Pura – until they find out that he is a special kind of cat. But when he gets in trouble, Pura finds out just who his real friends are.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): cats, breed, helpful, friendship, strays

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-23-7

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

List: The Adventures of Mooty

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Mooty

Author: Jessie wee

Illustrator: Kwan Shan Mei

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Adventures of Mooty, first published in 1980, depicts the delightful adventures of a lovable mouse who endears himself to a community of animals, birds and insects and becomes their hero. This new edition of five books, each comprising two stories, will find Mooty warming the hearts of the young once more.

In Book One: Mooty and Grandma and Mooty and the Satay-man

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mouse, fright, food, animals, hawker

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story and illustrations are delightful and has a tinge of nostalgia to them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4276-55-9

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

List: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

TaraLaroTayo coverTitle of Picture Book: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

Author: Elbert Or

Illustrator: Elbert Or

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.
Tahanan Books - Tara Laro Tayo
Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends, Fun, Counting

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, Outdoor games, Numbers, Preschool, Animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A delightful book for toddlers learning to count and play simple games.” –Nina Lim-Yuson, Executive Director, Museo Pambata Foundation

“Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.” –Carla M. Pacis, Gawad Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Children’s Literature in English

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

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-006-9

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: 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: Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie

Title of Picture Book: Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Various (see blurb)

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Can a clueless owl find a Tembusu tree to build his nest in? Will Froggie discover his talent in time for the talent show? Will tow unlikely friends, Dale and Timothy, find each other again? And, what surprising find awaits Millie and her friend at the top of the tree?

Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie is a collection of short animal adventures in the heart of Singapore’s central Catchment Nature Reserve, which is home to an amazing diversity of life. Each forest tale was written by students of the Raffles Ecological Literacy programme to share with children the natural beauty that is MacRitchie.

5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, life cycles, reservoir, green, forest

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The 4 stories are interesting and colourfully illustrated with facts about the animals in the stories featured after each story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0359-2

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

List: Monster Day on Tabletop Hill

Title of Picture Book: Monster Day on Tabletop Hill

Author: Akiko Sueyoshi

Illustrator: David Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Forky is a lively fork boy who lives on Tabletop Hill. He loves playing with his friends at Sugar Cube Park. And that’s where they are one day, when the sudden sound of clanging bells make them all freeze with fear. On no, it’s Monster Day! Forky’s friends run home, but Forky’s wide-eyed curiosity leads him to discover a whole new circle of friends, who turns out to be not so scary after all.

5 Keywords (other than themes): monster, friendship, Japanese, fear, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The English text appears to be slightly wordy.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9354-2

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

List: The Junglies Collection

Title of Picture Book: The Junglies Collection

Author: Francois Keyser

Illustrator: Zantya Andrian

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: “The Junglies Collection” combines the first five “Junglies” books into one beautifully illustrated children’s book.

The “Junglies” are about the adventures of five jungle animals and their game warden friend. The “Junglies” offer young readers enjoyable stories with lessons about teamwork, honesty and perspectives.

The stories also represent the theme “Unity in Diversity” neutrally using animals as opposed to people, and are a good platform to introduce the topic of endangered species.

Get to know “Aga” the tiger, “Kiki” the very naughty monkey, “Raff” the worried giraffe, “Elle” the calm elephant and “Abbit” the clever rabbit as you share their adventures.

5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, endangered, party, teamwork, diversity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting tales and a good way to talk about endangered animals too.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): http://www.francoiskeyser.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1811-1

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