Walking in Great-Grandpa’s 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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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

List: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Title of Picture Book: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Cloud lives in the tropics where it never snows. But when he decides that he wants to make a snowman, Mama Cloud takes him to look for snow. In this sweet, whimsical tale about love, loss and precipitation, Little Cloud finds out that there is something more precious than all the snow in the world.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mother, water cycle, rainbow, geography, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting tale that weaves together the love of a mother for her child, the water cycle, and even famous landmarks of the world.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-27-5

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

List: Pura the Cat

Title of Picture Book: Pura the Cat

Author: Tan Soon Meng

Illustrator: Ann Gee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pura lives at Boat Quay with his three best friends. Other stray cats don’t pay any attention to Pura – until they find out that he is a special kind of cat. But when he gets in trouble, Pura finds out just who his real friends are.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): cats, breed, helpful, friendship, strays

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-23-7

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

List: From Manila with Love

From Manila With LoveTitle of Picture Book: From Manila With Love: A Balikbayan Story

Author: Amy Luna Capelle

Illustrator: Auri Asuncion Yambao

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: What does it mean to “come home” for the first time? From Manila With Love tells the story of a young girl who accompanies her Filipina mother to Manila for the first time. Readers will delight in her delightful, unexpected discoveries–from arriving in a sticky-hot airport to meeting relatives face-to-face to sitting down to a splendid table of native dishes and–best of all, meeting the grandmother who has loved her through years of letter-writing and sending pasalubongs. Here is a story that tenderly captures the incomparable joy of the balikbayan experience. Told in rhyming verse accompanied by picturesque illustrations, this book will surely resonate with all Filipino children, wherever they may be in the world.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, Self, Places

5 Keywords (other than themes): Home, Travel, Grandmother, Reunions, Identity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A must-read if we want our children to know and love our heritage, culture, and country.”
–The Learning Basket

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-183-0

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

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List: Mang Andoy’s Signs

Mang Andoy's Signs (front cover)Title of Picture Book: Mang Andoy’s Signs

Author: Mailin Paterno

Illustrator: Pepper Roxas

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Mang Andoy the signmaker is given the challenge of a lifetime when the Mayor barges into his workshop one day and complains, “It’s chaos out there! Nobody’s following the rules!” How then can Mang Andoy create signs that would turn their unruly community into law-abiding citizens? The art of persuasion is delightfully unveiled in Paterno’s richly nuanced urban tale brought to street life by Roxas’s zany imagination. Children will be all the wiser to learn that how you ask is just as important as what you ask for.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Rules, Courtesy, Road Safety, Directions, Order and Chaos

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Beautiful contradictions!

“Ms. Roxas’ illustrations complement Ms. Paterno’s prose. The images I conjured is enriched through her collages. There is so much to see and to take in in every page. A feast for the eyes! That part of the book where Mang Andoy puts up the signs is an invitation to play with the author and the illustrator. Ms. Roxas provided an environment where members of the community are seen reacting to this attempt of creating order in chaos. Ms. Paterno further challenges the reader to interact not only with the written word, but the spaces in between them. There is something hidden there. The silence in these spaces made me wonder. And then, there is that arrival at an AHA moment. Oh, what fun!” – Zarah Gagatiga

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-182-3

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

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List: First Around the Globe

First Around the GlobeTitle of Picture Book: FIRST AROUND THE GLOBE: The Story of Enrique

Author: Reni Roxas and Marc Singer

Illustrator: Arnel Mirasol

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Enrique, Ferdinand Magellan’s loyal servant and interpreter, who traveled with his master during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. Follow Enrique’s ten-year journey around the world, from the time he was kidnapped by pirates as a youth, to Magellan’s death at the Battle of Mactan.

Inspired by an article written by National Artist for Historical Literature Carlos Quirino, with vibrant illustrations rendered by Arnel Mirasol, this much-awaited twentieth-anniversary edition introduces a new generation of young people to Enrique, the accidental balikbayan who was also an extraordinary witness to history.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): History, Places, Discovery

5 Keywords (other than themes): Travel, Navigation, Ferdinand Magellan, Malay, Journey

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “If all our history books were written like First Around the Globe, history would certainly be the most interesting and delightful subject in school.” —Junior Inquirer Magazine

“An irresistible yarn that provides a history lesson with a twist.”—Mega Magazine

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-008-3

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

List: Marco Goes East

Title of Picture Book: Marco Goes East

Author: John Koh & Adelia Yeo

Illustrator: Shelley Low

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: (None)

Marco, the little dragon, goes on a journey through some of our civilisation’s greatest cities and monuments, such as the Parthenon, Sphinx, Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and Gardens by the Bay.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, geography, world map, dragon, travel

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-981-07-9085-1

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

List: Sasha visits Sentosa Island

Title of Picture Book: Sasha visits Sentosa Island

Author: Shamini

Illustrator: Alpana

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Sentosa is a resort island juts off the coast of Singapore where it is possible to enjoy sandy beaches, nature walks and other attractions. It is a popular destination with residents and visitors and a favourite spot for children.

5 Keywords (other than themes): attractions, animals, nature walks, butterflies, aquarium

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A question on each page invites the reader to look at the illustration more carefully.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-2343-2

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

List: Hansel and Girl Girl

Title of Picture Book: Hansel and Girl Girl

Author: Adrian Pang

Illustrator: Milenko Prvacki

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A retelling of the classic fairy tale with a Singaporean twist!
Hansel and Girl Girl lived with their father and stepmother in Ang Mo io. Their wicked stepmother always hoped they would get lost and never return. And one day, they really did not come home!
In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, award-winning theatre director Adrian Pang and world-renowned artists Milenko Prvacki combine their talents to create an entertaining Singapore-style story that young readers – and their parents – are sure to enjoy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): fairy tale

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Very so-so.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3181-6

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