You Belong to Me

Title of Picture Book: You Belong to Me

Author: Mamoru Suzuki

Illustrator: Mamoru Suzuki

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Museyon, USA (http://www.museyon.com/shop/)

Publisher’s Blurb: (no blurb)

Original Japanese title: Anata Ga Daisuki
Translated into English by Mariko Shii Gharbi

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): feelings, love, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming book with few words and lovely illustrations that feels warm and fuzzy.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-940842-12-7

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

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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

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

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

The Trampolines that Nadia Built

Title of Picture Book: The Trampolines That Nadia Built

Author: Darren C Ong

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Nadia loved the moon. She hoped her Trampolines could take her there. But alas, the moon was just too far away. Then the animals had a brilliant idea …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): making, inventing, animals, dreams, whimsical

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative story and the illustration introduces some Asian animals too. Too bad they are not all named.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3258-5

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

An Elephant in the Room

Title of Picture Book: An Elephant in the Room

Author: Shamini Mahadevan Flint

Illustrator: Mariann Johansen-Ellis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The elephants have had a wonderful day playing and partying but now it’s time for bed ….

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): rhymes, routines, animals, poem, sleep

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Fun text with lovely illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-7813-8

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

Walking in Great-Grandpa‚Äôs 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

Saving and Spending Money

Title of Picture Book: Timmy & Tammy Saving and Spending Money

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Timmy and Tammy as they go out and about to explore and learn. Practise reading skills and have fun with the activity at the back.

Grandma takes Timmy and Tammy to the bank and teaches them how to save and spend money. What pearls of wisdom will they learn?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): bank, school, animals, savings, grandma

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple teaching tale with attractive illustration.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6574-9

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

An Instrument for Eddie

Title of Picture Book: An Instrument for Eddie

Author: Karen Lee

Illustrator: Tienny The

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Strategic Book Publishing, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: In the very special children’s book, An Instrument for Eddie, Eddie is an unusual elephant who loves to perform. he dreams of music, and his fondest wish is to play a musical instrument. Eddie tries to learn how to play several instruments, but is unsuccessful.

Eddie is also a resourceful elephant and he nevr gives up. Through his determination, he finally discovers an instrument that is just right for him.

This extraordinary book was inspired by a true story about a little boy with a hearing impairment, who was also determined to play a musical instrument. Just like Eddie, this little boy didn’t give up. Because of his determination and passion for music, the little boy is also able to play an instrument just like other children.

A former teacher, Karen Lee lives in Singapore. She hopes An Instrument for Eddie inspires children to never give up when reaching for their dreams.

5 Keywords (other than themes): determination, resilience, animals, music, instruments

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and charming tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-61204-302-9

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