Siri Ikun and the Two Birds

Title of Picture Book: Suri Ikun and the Two Birds

Author: Dian K

Illustrator: Alvin Adhi

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): BIP, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: Suri Ikun was a good boy. One day, he got lost in the jungle and the ghosts kidnapped him. There was nothing Suri Ikun could do. Despite all these, he kept on doing good things to others, including to two badly wounded birds that was trapped into the cave he was being held. What would happen next to Suri Ikun? Would he be able to escape from the ghosts?

In Indonesian and English. English translation byDono Sunardi.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, legend, helpfulness, sibling, brothers

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Some minor errors in the English sentences.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-602-394-622-8

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

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The Crying Stone

Title of Picture Book: The Crying Stone

Author: Dian K

Illustrator: Arkhan Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): BIP, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: Darmi treated her own mother very badly, no matter that her mother loved her very much. One day, Darmi and her mother went to the market. Darmi denied her mother there by telling to everyone that she was coming with her maid, not her mother. This, of course, made Darmi’s mother felt broken. She cried because of it. What happened next to Darmi? Would she finally realize that she had done things very bad?

In Indonesian and English. English translation by Dono Sunardi.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): legend, respect, bilingual, gratefulness, mother

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Some minor errors in the English sentence structures.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-602-394-686-0

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

The Naughty Mynah

Title of Picture Book: The Naughty Mynah

Author: Evelyn Sue Wong

Illustrator: Tee Sieok Bing

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Paul Jones, a visiting art teacher who has just arrived in Singapore befriends a clever mynah that can speak English and Mandarin. Agreeing to help Mr Jones learn Mandarin, the mynah accompanies him yo surprise his students on the first day of school. The mynah soon learns from the students and Mr Jones that it is too clever for its own good. Or does it?

This engaging story helps young readers develop an appreciation for the diverse language environment they live in. Through the basic concept of “translating” and “opposites”, readers are encouraged to think about the role and importance of bilingualism in their daily lives. A bilingual glossary is provided at the time of the book for easy reference.

Translation into Chinese by Tan Dan Feng.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, bird, school, jokes, opposites

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The jokes are best appreciated when one is bilingual in English and Chinese.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0338-1

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

Mulan

Title of Picture Book: Mulan

Author: Li Jian

Illustrator: Li Jian

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Shanghai Press, China

Publisher’s Blurb: The legend of Mulan and her bravery is captured in this book of beautiful ink paintings.

There was once an extraordinary girl who was as beautiful as she was brave. She knew how to read and write and sew. She loved to ride horses and shoot her bow and arrows. But it was her love for her family and her father that made her into a great soldier.

In English and Chinese. English translation by Yijin Wert

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, bravery, gender, legend, ink paintings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The ink paintings are beautiful

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-60220-986-2

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

Like Fins for Feet

Title of Picture Book: Like Fins for Feet

Author: Perry Ho

Illustrator: Kristal Melson

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: One day, you awake to find a Blue Whale in your room. It is no different from the wind blowing a moth or a paper bag across your path. Once you get over the whalenss of the moment, your day goes on, like it did yesterday, and most likely, like it will tomorrow. Today however …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Poem, feelings, imagination, whale, size

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Poetic and perhaps somewhat philosophical.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-34-5

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

The Mermaid who became a Champion

Title of Picture Book: The Mermaid who became a Champion

Author: Yip Pin Xiu and Rohit Brijnath

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: In 2008, a 16-year-old swimmer made hostory by winning Singapore’s first Paralympic gold. Her name: Yip Pin Xiu. How did she do it? Pin Xiu was born with Charcot Marie tooth, a disorder that leads to a progressive weakening of the muscles. Today, she has three Paralympic gold medals and a silver to her name.
In this beautifully-illustrated book, co-written with The Straits Times assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath, Pin Xiu shares the story of her remarkable journey of how she became a champion at the Paralympic Games.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): inclusive, paralympic, determination, sports, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This inspiring story is written in rhyme, and comes with delightful illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4753-0

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

What I Love Most …

Title of Picture Book: What I Love Most …

Author: Agnes Liew

Illustrator: Agnes Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: I love … beautiful flowers …
and colourful rainbows too!
But do you know what I love most?
What I love most … is …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): emotion, likes, parents, superlatives, habits

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-6220-9

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