Walking in Great-Grandpa‚Äôs Tracks

Title of Picture Book: Walking in Great-Grandpa’s Tracks

Author: Beh Wei Chen, Teo Rui En Nicole, Lorraine Tan Hui En

Illustrator: Pan Yu Yu

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

Publisher’s Blurb: With the help of a magical hat,
A strange place Ethan finds himself,
Follow our hero as he unearths this place,
Where he meets an all too familiar face.

Three friends he will meet,
Who slither, flutter and tweet,
From whom he will learn to appreciate their home,
And all the creatures within it that roam.

Join Ethan as he backtracks into the past,
And learns to love this place at long last.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, environment, animals, landmark, transport

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting mix of history and appreciating nature.

Young writers and illustrator.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4452-0

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

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Secret Hoarder

Title of Picture Book: Secret Hoarder

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Miel

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ben met a little squirrel and had his buried treasures stolen. Was it the squirrel that did it?

Read this book and learn about the charming native squirrel, common in our tropical rainforests. We have ‘flying” squirrels in our forests too. Did you know that?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): squirrel, treasures, planting beans, siblings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting facts about the types of squirrels native to Southeast Asia and also about the Rainforest.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-8251-7

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

Caged Bird of Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Caged Bird of Singapore

Author: Helene Gaborit (Translated by Catherine and Jimmy Cousins)

Illustrator: Claude Sauquet

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Open Book Editions, Cambodia

Publisher’s Blurb: On her way home from school, Anika discovers a mysterious bird on the banks of the Singapore river.

The 8 year old little girl, with the complicity of the saved bird, helps us discover the customs of everyday life of this close-to-nature town country while she discovers the meaning of true friendship herself.

The exceptional illustrations support the story through collage and gouche.

Anika’s story takes us ona cultural journey. The Glossary explains to us some interesting details of life in Asia.

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, landmarks, bird, freedom, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A slightly exotic version of Singapore, and a few factual errors in the glossary.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-999-63-5973-6

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

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: 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: 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