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

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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

List: The Rain Tree

Title of Picture Book: The Rain Tree

Author: Lee Seow Ser

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Upset by a quarrel with his brother, Chong escapes to a secret place. As he connects with some lovely things, he relaxes with many happy thoughts of his mother’s love and his dear friend – the Rain Tree – before finally taking a simple, gracious step tto make up with Meng.

A heartwarming, original tale about the beauty of trees and mother-child bonds, this book celebrates Rain Trees in Singapore, Mother Nature, mothers and children. The book also highlights how Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, launched the Tree Planting Campaign.

This book is also available in Braille (978-981-11-3506-4). Typeface used is known as Dyslexie Font.

5 Keywords (other than themes): arborist, parts of tree, quarrel, fruits, prime minister

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An informative book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1123-5

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

List: Places

Title of Picture Book: Places – Stories from the Eastern Part of Singapore

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Various (see blurb)

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): National Library Board, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Places was conceptualised to introduced the art of creating children’s picture book revolving around cherished landmarks from the East, and to inculcate a love for reading and appreciation of Singapore Literature. As part of the National Library Board and National Arts Council’s initiative to bridge the arts and the communities, this project sought to connect aspiring writers and illustrators with artists at the Public Libraries, facilitating conversations and discussions. Led by a team of 5 established artists from different fields – Adeline Foo, Lee Kowling, Denise Tan, Lynette Morrison and Chan Wai Han, participants learnt various aspects of creating a children’s picture book through techniques in story-writing, editing, layout and illustration.

Author-illustrators represented in this collection is indicated in the photo of the content page below.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, memories, imagination, cloud, legend

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting collection of different kinds of stories and illustrations were done in a variety of styles. The mix includes an imaginary story with a pet cloud, a legend set in Ubin, a visit to great grandma, the life of an old house to an adventurous day in a shophouse.

The text are all written in rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-5909-8

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

List: I Can Do It

Title of Picture Book: I Can Do It

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studios

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): marshal Cavendish for Ministry of Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Paid the little parrot cannot speak well like the others. Will he give up or keep trying to speak better? Come join Padi on his learning journey.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perseverance, language, parrots, speaking, encouragement

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Illustration features iconic places in Singapore.

Although sponsored by bilingualism.sg, the review copy only had English text.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-8176-4

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

List: Why did the Pangolin Cross the Road?

Title of Picture Book: Why did the Pangolin Cross the Road

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Cheng Puay Koon

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore Zoological Gardens

Publisher’s Blurb: Kai and Mei stumble upon an injured Pangolin outside their school.

As the children help the poor animal to safety, it sparks off their interest in the Pangolin and why it risked its life to cross the road.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Endangered animal, forest, deforestation, zoo, go green

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Based on a true story, and with a nice twist in the end.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-6987-5

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

List: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Li Sicong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Max is a self-centred boy who dislikes the outdoors. One day, his parents bring him to the forest for a walk, where he finds himself separated from them and plunged into its very depths!

In order to be reunited with them, he has to complete a quest set for him by the Fairy of the Forest.

On this exciting quest, he meets many different plants and animals and he is shown the true beauty of nature. Join him on this exciting adventure and be part of the story yourself.

Created by students from Raffles Institution’s Ecological Literacy Programme. Authors: Gerald Tan Wei Hao, Russell Tan Pin Xue, Tee Yan Yie, Katherine Lee En Ying, Kenneth Tan Yan Han, Aaron Leow Chung Yong

5 Keywords (other than themes): Nature trail, plants, animals, go green, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Based on an actual nature trail in MacRitchie forest, this offers an interesting way to talk about local plants and animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9097-4

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

List : Pip’s Garden

Title of Picture Book: Pip’s Garden

Author: Lorraine Tan

Illustrator: Lorraine Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pip is an ordinary boy who likes gardening. Unfortnately nothing ordinary ever grows in Pip’s garden.
Join Pip as he journeys across towers of bushes and pebble hills to discover that sometimes, being different may be the best gift one could ever have.

5 Keywords (other than themes): puns, plants, robots, gardening, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Fun play of words in the illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-38-3

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

List: The School in the Glass City

Title of Picture Book: The School in the Glass City

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Brandon Chng

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish for Building and Construction Authority, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Alex is not just mean to his schoolmates Bucky and Gaia; he also doesn’t think twice about wasting natural resources! When things get out of hand, Greco and Beco decide to intervene. With the help of a little magic, they transport Alex forward in time, The Singapore of 2047 looks picture-perfect, but is it really? Follow Greco and Beco as they reveal the key to a sustainable future.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sustainability, environment, bully, waste, caring

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Personally think it is too didactic and not a very engaging story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4779-2-96

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

List: The World on Her Knees

Title of Picture Book: The World on Her Knees

Author: R Chandran

Illustrator: Amy Cheng

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The story of a little girl, yet to stand and on her knees, while wondering what the view is like from way up where her parents are, is suddenly entrusted with a hero’s task.


5 Keywords (other than themes): perspective, growing up, helpfulness, observation, ants

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “Chandra has the sweet sense of humour and a gift for telling simple inspiring stories, whilst his wife, Amy has the gift of drawing. This book will be an easy and fun read for both parents and their children.” Irene Ang

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-4962-7

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