There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Title of Picture Book: There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Author: Maria Mahat

Illustrator: Idris Ali

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ungu Pen Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mahir and his classmates go on an excursion at Malay Heritage Centre. He and his best friend, Aqil, wonder what Singapore was like in the olden days. Their imagination leads them to explore snapshots of old and fascinating Singapore, and the culture of the Malays. A bilingual English-Malay storybook that includes a wide range of learning for young children. A must-have for all preschoolers and primary schoolers!

Comes with a DVD

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Malay, game, museum, imagination, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Many opportunities to learn more about the Malay culture and heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0539-5

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

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Golden Laughter

Title of Picture Book: Golden Laughter

Author: Karky

Illustrator: Sporg Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Mellinam Education, India

Publisher’s Blurb: (No English blurb)

Translated from Tamil by Nandini Karky/Renuka Murthi

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): birthday, magic, wealth, food, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-909048-2-7

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

Painting a Tiger

Title of Picture Book: Painting a Tiger

Author: Jiao Lei

Illustrator: Xie Fang Lai

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (No English blurb)

English Translation from Chinese by William Su (translated name)

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): boastful, wisdom, elders, honest, bilingual

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-7-5083-5795-9

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

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

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

List: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

TaraLaroTayo coverTitle of Picture Book: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

Author: Elbert Or

Illustrator: Elbert Or

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends, Fun, Counting

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, Outdoor games, Numbers, Preschool, Animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A delightful book for toddlers learning to count and play simple games.” –Nina Lim-Yuson, Executive Director, Museo Pambata Foundation

“Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.” –Carla M. Pacis, Gawad Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Children’s Literature in English

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

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-006-9

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

List: Makan Tine!

Title of Picture Book: Makan Time!

Author: Sharon Ismail

Illustrator: Elieth Sardinas

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Whenever Sarah goes out with Grandpa, it is always Makan Time!

Join Sarah as she discovers local delicacies such as Nasi lemak, and Roti Prata with her grandfather. Set in a typical Singaporean setting, Sarah learns that it is good to try new foods and that it is alright if we like different things.

My Grandfather’s Magic Car is a bilingual (English-Malay) picture book series written for preschool readers. It includes a glossary and activities page at the end of the book to support comprehension and vocabulary building.

5 Keywords (other than themes): car, food, honesty, healthy eating, bilingual

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7578-0

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