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: Salted Fish

Title of Picture Book: Salted Fish

Author: Yeo Wei Wei

Illustrator: Ye Shufang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Lynn is visiting the National Art Gallery for the first time with her favourite toy Cotton Bunny. Both of them notice a funny smell in one of the galleries. The smell seems to be coming from one of the paintings! Lynn and Cotton Bunny are about to embark on a journey that they will never forget, a journey where art, memory, and the present meet.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, artwork, gallery, painting, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the National Gallery Singapore, featuring a famous painting by Cheong Soo Pieng.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-6444-6

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

List: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Stacey accompanies her aunt to the Peranakan Museum, she does not realise what an adventure it’ll become.

Boy, is she in for a wonderful surprise …

5 Keywords (other than themes): culture, kebaya, imagination, history, museum

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the museum.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-80-7

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

List: When Tim knows the Drill

Title of Picture Book: When Tim knows the Drill

Author: Mabelle Yeo

Illustrator: Teh Mao Tze

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Hime Affairs, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Tim discovered the loss of his favourite toy dragon named Teddy during his walk back home from school. To locate Teddy’s whereabouts, he played detective and relied on the account of an alert eye-witness at the neighbourhood provision shop to track down Teddy’s “abductor” at a nearby mall. Little did Tim know. terror is about to strike the people in the mall. Follow Tim on his quest to find Teddy and learn how he and his friend eventually saved the day.


5 Keywords (other than themes): terrorism, evacuation, safety, drill, security

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story could have been more concise and the illustrations also looked generally (intentionally?) dark.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0640-8

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

List: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade 

Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Timmy and Tammy as they go out and about to explore and learn. Practice reading skills and have fun with the activity at the back.

Timmy and Tammy watch a performance in the beautiful Esplanade. What a great experience!

5 Keywords (other than themes): reader, performance, opera, etiquette, autograph

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6563-3

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: There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Title of Picture Book: There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Author: Gwen lee

Illustrator: Cheryl Kook

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

Publisher’s Blurb: There was a Peranakan woman
Who lived in a shoe,
She made so many nonya kueh,
She didn’t know what to do.

In this collection of nursery rhymes, Gween Lee has given these traditional favourites a Singaporean twist, blending local flavour and humour to create memorable poems, which Singaporeans of all ages can related to and enjoy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, nursery rhymes, Singapore, diwali, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Useful for introducing poems and rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7867-5

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

List: Farrer Park

Title of Picture Book: Farrer Park – Rhyming Verses from a Singapore Childhood

Author: Ann Peters

Illustrator: Lydia Yang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In tis charming collection of rhyming verses, Ann Peters tells the stories of her wondrous, carefree childhood in the Farrer Park neighbourhood. Embodying the spirit of the people and places in the Singapore of old, these poems are imbued with fond memories that Ann hopes to share with children of today. The poems are accompanied by lovely full-colour illustrations by Lydia Yang, a promising Singaporean artist.

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, food, memories, grandparents, dengue

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A cheery collection of poems about delightful food and people from the past. Might just be a little challenging for younger readers but should still be fun to be read aloud with them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1676-9

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