List: The Little Red Helicopter

cover_little red helicopterTitle of Picture Book: The Little Red Helicopter

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Ong Sheng Hua

Publisher and Country: Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Charlene and Kevin love playing with the little red helicopter in the playground. But is there more to the toy than meets the eye?

Little Red Helicopter bookreading in Kino

5 Keywords (other than themes): creativity, imagination, sibling love, adventure, playground.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Winner of First Time Writers and Illustrators Publishing Initiative 2009.
A playground fixture gives two children a thrilling adventure. “It is about sibling love and children who exercise their imaginations,” said the author. “Through a child’s eyes, mountains can be anything, even green monsters,” added the illustrator. The Sunday Times Book Review (November 15, 2009)

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-36-9

Submitted by : Pauline Loh

List: Rooster Raga

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Title of Picture Book: Rooster Raga

Author: Natasha Sharma

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Do roosters sing ragas? This one does, but like all true artists discovers it after a lot of struggle! Every time he opens his mouth he has a new tune – but not the kukaroo kuroo of the other roosters! His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll while trying to teach him to get it right. This cheeky, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, music, exercise, farm, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting book that invites participation in moving and singing along with a host of farm animals. It also invites a chat about talents, confidence, creativity, practice and helping others. It cold also lead to an exploration of Asian music terms such as “raga”.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-454-0

List: Benji, Yumi, Origami

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Title of Picture Book: Benji, Yumi, Origami

Author: Emily Lim-Leh

Illustrator: Kazumi Wilds

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Benji receives an origami book, he tries hard to fold the paper animals. But he fails to get them right and gives up – until his neighbour Yumi shows him a surprising way to look at his creations. This special friendship unfolds in a delightful stroy that readers will enjoy again and again.

Japanese translation by Yumiko Fukumoto

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Japan, neighbour, imagination, creativity, persistence

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Children trying origami for the first time can probably identify with the frustration of getting it right. Using their imagination to make “failures” work, making friends across culture and being willing to persist and learn are some topics prompted by this story. Even looking closely at the Japanese text could be fun.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9353-5

List: Miss Missy Mynah

Photo 7-5-17, 2 35 37 PMTitle of Picture Book: Miss Missy Mynah

Author: Suchen Christine Lim

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Miss Missy Mynah is sad that she has no feathers on her head. Are her friends able to help her?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): inventiveness, acceptance, diversity, birds, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): In this simple story, a Mynah and her friends go to the beach, park and food centre to look for a solution. The stated focus is on inventiveness. Also useful for talking about diversity and acceptance.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-8165-8