List: Why Do Chinese Shout Yam Seng?

Title of Picture Book: Why Do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng and Other Questions

Author: Edmund Wee

Illustrator: Chee Jia Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why do Chinese eat noodles at wedding dinners? Why do they hang blankets at HDB void decks during a funeral wake? Why is Chinatown called “bullock cart water”?

We provide the answers – and useful tips – to some of the most-asked questions young Singaporeans might have about the Chinese.

This book is part of a fun series about the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each handbook uses twenty questions to highlight diversity and promote understanding of the different races in Singapore.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Customs, traditions, politeness, food, racial harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting questions with simply written answers. The illustrations are colourful and literal.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-5568-2

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

List: Jack and Jill at Bukit Timah Hill

Title of Picture Book: Jack and Jill Up Bukit Timah Hill

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To find the Monkey Man.
Jack fell down, and claimed he was ill,
And left Jill without a plan.

In this new collection of nursery rhymes, Gwen Lee has given traditional favourites a Singaporean twist, blending local flavour and humour to create memorable poems, which Singaporeans of all ages can enjoy.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Poems, durians, Singapore, food, fun

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful collection of rhymes accompanied by attractive illustrations. The original nursery rhymes and “brainy bites” of background information are found at the back of the book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-85-3

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

List: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Title of Picture Book: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Author: Jason Erik Lundberg

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When a friend asks Bo Bo and Cha Cha to fill in for him at his royal stall, the pandas are eager to help out. But do they have what it takes to make delicious rojak? It turns out they do! Find out what their secret is in this delightful new Bo Bo and Cha Cha story.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, rojak, Singapore, helpful, recipe

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun read about a local dish, rojak, in this cute series based on these two pandas.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-33-4

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

Listing: The Kan Cheong Spider

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Author: Wang Shijia

Illustrator: Han Qingping

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In The Kan Cheong Spider, Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Ang Ku Kueh Boy and Red Egg are in for a surprise at the Dragon Playground. They travel somewhere delicious and unexpected. But when something awful happens to Ang Ku Kueh Boy, how will Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Red Egg get him out of trouble?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Being organised, honesty, family, Singapore icons, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This magical story is filled with Singaporean words and icons which could be a good way to talk about food, places and expressions from Singapore. The story is based on universal values.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4757-12-6

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

List: Star Anise, Superstar!

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Title of Picture Book: Star Anise, Superstar

Author: Linn Shekinah

Illustrator: OSH

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): The Almond Tree, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Star Anise dreams of being a star. But nobody in Spice Town seems to notice her, so she sets off in search of stardom. Join Star Anise as she goes on a flavourful adventure and finds out what it really means to be a star. This tasty tale is about caring for others.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Spices, Food, Sharing, Cooking, Culture

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to introduce Asian spices such as star anise, cinnamon, shallot, clover, ginger and chilli. The story is somewhat predictable and the senses associated with spices could have been better engaged. The illustration could also have been more attractive. The Malay text, translated by the Singapore Malay Teachers’ Union, felt like “subtitles”.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-8018-0

List: Lolly’s Secret

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Title of Picture Book: Lolly’s Secret

Author: Angela Yong

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Lolly is a little pig who loves lollipop, and she must get her hands on the world’s most amazing candy! The only thing is, she doesn’t know how to!
Then one day, Lolly chanced upon a secret = a secret that will make her dream come true: “A coin you keep will find another, Think of something you hanker after, It takes some time to do it right, Henceforth, your life will be full of delight!”
Come and join Lolly on a delightful journey to discover the secret of saving, spending and sharing!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Financial Literacy, Sharing, Saving, Dreams, Food, Math

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story introduces financial literacy. Some adults might be concerned about some issues like whether eating candy is healthy, the idea of money growing magically, etc. In fact, these present good teachable points to discuss such important matters as well. This book is relatively wordy and the pictures are attractive.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7329-2

List: Pittodrie Pirates – What’s a Blue Furry?

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Title: Pittodrie Pirates: What’s a Blue Furry? (Book 1)

Author: Lynette Morrison

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The young pirates of Pittodrie love to sing, dance, play and make friends. In the first book of their travels, they sail to the mysterious Glenelg Island and meet the delightful Blue Furry and the ominous Purple Spike. But are these creatures really what they seem? Find out with your children in this new series of courage, friendship and adventure.

Brief Review: This is the 1st book of 4 books where it takes the reader on an fun filled adventure with 5 pirates siblings in the islands near their home. The adventures sparkle imaginative play amongst the children.

5 Key Words: Courage, Pirates, Songs, Siblings, Mission

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4413-69-5

Submitted by: Jo Chia

List: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same

 

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Author: Eve Aw

Illustrator: Yunroo

Publisher: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s time for our yearly reunion dinner with Grandma. We love Grandma but oh dear! Is she going to ask those same questions again? It can be rather tiring to answer them every year. But maybe, the answers are not really that important to Grandma after all …

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Quick Review: A lovely story about family, traditions and changes as we grow. While the story is about Lunar New Year reunions, the illustrations by Yunroo adds whimsy and delight.

5 Key Words: Growing Up, Traditions, Food, Sibling, Hobbies

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4655-39-2

List: Scamper and the One-Dollar Note

 

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Author: Mabelle Yeo Hui Leng

Illustrator: MaryAnn Loo

Publisher: Armour Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Scamper’s human friend brings him to the coffee shop to buy some food. It is a trip like any other, until a one-dollar note falls out of her pocket and Scamper leaps into action to get it back. But a young boy picks it up and spends it before Scamper can reach it, and so our adventurous blue budgie follows the note as it falls into the hands of one resident after another. Will he be able to retrieve the note? And what stories would he tell of its travel?

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Quick Review: The nostalgic setting of the story introduces the readers to Singapore in the 80’s and before, including some local terms. The whole story was written in rhyme which did not work well with me.

5 Key Words: Pet, History, Food, Money, Friends

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4461-82-5