Mindy’s First MRT Adventure

Title of Picture Book: Mindy’s First MRT Adventure

Author: Chin Yu Teng, Debra Thang, Wendy Yee

Illustrator: Twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mindy has always wanted to ride the train.

One day after school, Daddy decides to take her on her very first MRT adventure.

Join Mindy as she explores the sights and sounds on the MRT, and discovers her new favourite way to travel.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): politeness, transport, courtesy, behaviour, outing

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A straight forward story about proper behaviour on the train.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-4663-3

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

 

The Elephants who liked to Dance

Title of Picture Book: The Elephants Who Liked to Dance

Author: Munda Writer’s Group

Illustrator: Sugrib Kumar Juanga

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Pratham Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: When Bapi played the dhol, everyone flet like dancing. When the elephants heard the dhol a strange and wonderful thing happened …

English translation by Amrit Misha.

Illustration used the Saura wall mural style as base.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): music, beats, drums, animals, problem solving

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and engaging story with interesting illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8479-511-0

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

There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Title of Picture Book: There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Author: Maria Mahat

Illustrator: Idris Ali

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ungu Pen Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mahir and his classmates go on an excursion at Malay Heritage Centre. He and his best friend, Aqil, wonder what Singapore was like in the olden days. Their imagination leads them to explore snapshots of old and fascinating Singapore, and the culture of the Malays. A bilingual English-Malay storybook that includes a wide range of learning for young children. A must-have for all preschoolers and primary schoolers!

Comes with a DVD

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Malay, game, museum, imagination, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Many opportunities to learn more about the Malay culture and heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0539-5

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

Where Oh Where is Monty Bear?

Title of Picture Book: WhereOh Where is Monty Bear? Singapore

Author: Belinda Trewartha, Rebecca Hamer

Illustrator: Zura Johnson

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Monty Bear Pty Ltd

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Monty Bear

Monty is a special bear with a story to tell.

When we last met Monty, he had opened his magical book and with an explosion of fireworks, Monty was transported to the twinkling star on the map.

Join Monty on his first adventure as he learns to be open-minded and confident, explores Singapore and solves a riddle along the way.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, Singapore, merlion, confidence, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A virtual tour of Singapore. One of the main character was said to be riding a rickshaw when it should be trishaw.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-0-6-180285-1-2

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

Song of the Mekong River

Title of Picture Book: Song of the Mekong River

Author: Na-mi Choo

Illustrator: Sinae Jo

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Big & Small Publisher

Publisher’s Blurb: The Mekong River is called ‘the lifeline of Vietnam.’ The Vietnamese people’s lives are dependent on the river. They build houses on it, do business on their boats and farm crops at the mouth of the great Mekong River. This book is about Tui who lives in a water village.

Retold from Korean by Joy Cowley.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Vietnam, culture, geography, river, activities

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Non-fiction content woven together by a simple tale a young reader could relate with.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-921790-47-8

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

In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Title of Picture Book: In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Author: Sandhya Rao

Illustrator: Proti Roy

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The quiet villages of Sundarban are terrorised by a monster with wild eyes, sharp teeth, striped skin and pointed nails – Dokkhin Rai! Until finally, Bon Bibi, protector of the forests and people asks hi a simple questions: Why do you do this?
The answer to this question is central to the age-old theme of human-animal harmony that has inspired many stories, including this one. Set in a lesser known part of Bengal, the lush and mysterious Sundarban, the textured narrative and dramatic, detailed illustrations evoke a distinct culture of the place – the natural confluence of Hindu and Muslim mythologies, and the rhythm and concerns of everyday life at the edge of the jungle.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): environment, siblings, legends, nature, not wasting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 81-8146-925-9

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