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

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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

Look Up!

Title of Picture Book: Look Up!

Author: Jung Jin-Ho

Illustrator: Jung Jin-Ho

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Holiday House, New York, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

English translation from Korean by Mi Yung Kim

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perspective, spatial awareness, making friends, illustration, high rise

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story is driven by the intriguing illustration with minimal text. For children growing up in high rise apartments, they will perhaps relate to this. Great book for starting a good conversation.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8234-3652-1

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

Mina Meets Cambridge

Title of Picture Book: Mina Meets Cambridge

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mina is excited to visit her elder sister, Zara, in Cambridge. Mina has heard so much about Cambridge University from Zara and longs to visit. As Mina spends time with her sister, she discovers many interesting facts about Cambridge. However, she wonders why Zara does not seem to notice the charming characters they meet along the way …

Mina Meets Cambridge is a whimsical story of an imaginative girl’s adventure in Cambridge. There she learns that in order to be successful, one needs to work hard, persevere, and have courage to dream big.

Age 9 and above; also for the dreamers and the young at heart.

This book is also available in Braille.

The typeface used in this book is know as Dyslexie Font, a five specially designed for people with dyslexia.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Imagination, famous people, aspiration, history, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Informative.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4282-3

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

Discover an Island Called Temasek

Title of Picture Book: Discover an Island called Temasek

Author: Moriko Kristiansen

Illustrator: Enrico Sllustio

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

Publisher’s Blurb: It is our wish to present this series to Singaporean children with a fun and creative approach to their culture and history. In these books, they will be able to experience their national heritage through the time travels and adventures of Ooof and Peppi, two friendly visitors form another planet.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, imagination, time travel, lion, space

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-296-010-54-38

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

Mabel Moves to Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Mabel Moves to Singapore

Author: Fleur Vella-Chang

Illustrator: Fleur Vella-Chang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mabel and her family have been uprooted, they have moved from their icy antarctic home to an exotic country called Singapore. However, this is no pickle for this plucky little penguin who discovers the excitement of adventure and the joy of new friendship.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): penguin, Singapore, moving, changes, friendship

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-5093-7

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

Singapore’s Swordfish Attack

Title of Picture Book: Singapore’s Swordfish Attack

Author: Mohamad Salmi

Illustrator: Mohamad Salmi

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): MPH, Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: On a peaceful day, suddenly, Singapore was attacked by thousands of swordfish.
Everywhere throughout the island, many people were killed and hurt by the continuous attacks. Even soldiers were no fight for the swordfish.
What would the sultan do to stop this disaster?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): folktale, redhill, decision making, wisdom, advise

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Well-written tale with distinct illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-5222-83-2

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

Hello Goodbye Little Island

Title of Picture Book: Hello Goodbye Little Island

Author: Leila Boukarim

Illustrator: Barbara Moxham

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Maja had just moved to the little island and she missed home terribly. When she finds a friend, things get better, but when her friend moves away, her world crumbles once more. With time, Maja discovers that distances do not matter; the friendships she finds will stay with her always, and goodbyes are not forever.

Hello Goodbye Little Island is about learning to form new and meaningful relationships. A “look-and-find” activity on every page will engage readers as they discover more about the little island.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): change, moving, friendship, home, game

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Heartfelt story and interesting game in the illustration.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-9443-5

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

You Been to Ubin?

Title of Picture Book: You Been to Ubin?

Author: Chia Yun Ze, Choo Xin Yi, Gregory Yap, Melissa Chua, Pearlynn Sim, Terh Shin Huoy

Illustrator: Lim Zhi Jie

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pulau Ubin’s an island by the sea,
with many things to do and sights to see.
Meet Llypod, who’s visiting it for just one day,
and join him on an adventure along the way!
Meet Tomo, a hornbill who can’t get home,
so nowhe’s upset, cold and all alone.
Will you join Lloyd and help Tomo get home?
What are you waiting for? Ot’s time to roam!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmark, animals, environment, island, puzzles

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Puzzles are woven into the story. Text might be more suitable for older readers.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6388-6

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