The Lonely King and Queen

Title of Picture Book: The Lonely King and Queen

Author: Deepa Balsavar

Illustrator: Deepa Balsavar

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A lonely king and queen hear a voice calling out for them. They look inside their home, their garden and beyond, searching in vain, while all the time it grows louder ….

Author and illustrator Deepa Balsavar says, “This is the story we made up for our little girl. As a baby it was her night-time favourite, accompanied by much acting and searching around the house. She grew up knowing that adoption is just another way in which families are created. And so it should be.”

Written like a bedtime story and illustrated with gentle humour, this book leads the reader to discover what ‘family’ really means without mystifying the fact of adoption. More, it reaffirms the right of every child to be loved and to have a home.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): adoption, search, home, sari, loneliness

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple ad charming tale dealing with the interesting topic of adoption.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8146-943-4

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

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List: Chilli Padi

Title of Picture Book: Chilli Padi

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Puteh has a new friend, Itam, a kitchen help adopted by Puteh’s grandmother. The two children find themselves in trouble when they get into a fight in the kitchen. Itam is punished for Puteh’s misdeed.
Find out how Puteh redeems herself with her new friend, by using the magic of her beaded slippers. A tale of friendship and loyalty, join Puteh and Itam on their kitchen adventure and discover a quirky side to the Peranakans, through their food heritage.

5 Keywords (other than themes): festivals, heritage, forgiveness, food, adoption

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The punishment of Itam would be considered brutal by today’s standard. It might be a concern or a suitable platform for talking about this matter with a child.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-1328-4

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

List: Why Am I Blue?

Title of Picture Book: Why Am I Blue?

Author: Melanie Lee

Illustrator: David Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Squirky realises that he looks very different from daddy, mummy and sister Emma, and wants to know why. His parents tell him the story of how he came to be part of their family. Squirky finds out that he’s not actually from Earth, but a mysterious place called Planet Q!

This is the first book in The Adventures of Squirky the Alien series and marks the beginning of Squirky’s quest to find his birth parents and discover where he came from.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Adoption, imagination, acceptance, identity,

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An intriguing story and a good launchpad for speaking about adoption.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-415-206-2

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