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 the,selves in trouble when they got 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, their food heritage.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Peranakan, food, heritage, friendship, quarrels

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to learn about the Peranakan’s festival and food heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1328-4

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

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Vinod and the Deepavali Dishes

Title of Picture Book: Vinod and the Deepavali Dishes

Author: Debra Ann Francisco

Illustrator: Madeline Wee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s a busy day for Vinod! He has to follow his Aunty Meera around Little India on her Deepavali shopping errands. Back home, he makes an amazing discovery about his Tatta (grandfather). Find out what Vinod learns about Tatta’s youth and how he puts his creative juices to work helping his family out in this kitchen.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, grandfather, history, culture, Indian 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good way to know about common Indian food and spices. 

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4798-1

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

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Title of Picture Book: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Author: Shan-Shan Chen

Illustrator: Heidi Goodman

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tuttle Publishing

Publisher’s Blurb: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, recipe, cooking, tradition, kitchen

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The topic of adoption was mentioned only in passing. The main focus was on the process of preparing the birthday noodle.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8048-4461-1

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

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

How Many More Days to Hari Raya?

Title of Picture Book: How Many More Days to Hari Raya?

Author: Fazeelah Khan, Kamilah Kamis

Illustrator: Raihan Ismail

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

Publisher’s Blurb: My family and I are busy getting ready for Hari Raya … but when will that special day come? I can hardly wait!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): hari raya, festival, food, helpful, Malay

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Provides some insights into what preparing for Hari Raya involves and the Malay culture.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-778-4

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

Caged Bird of Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Caged Bird of Singapore

Author: Helene Gaborit (Translated by Catherine and Jimmy Cousins)

Illustrator: Claude Sauquet

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Open Book Editions, Cambodia

Publisher’s Blurb: On her way home from school, Anika discovers a mysterious bird on the banks of the Singapore river.

The 8 year old little girl, with the complicity of the saved bird, helps us discover the customs of everyday life of this close-to-nature town country while she discovers the meaning of true friendship herself.

The exceptional illustrations support the story through collage and gouche.

Anika’s story takes us ona cultural journey. The Glossary explains to us some interesting details of life in Asia.

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, landmarks, bird, freedom, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A slightly exotic version of Singapore, and a few factual errors in the glossary.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-999-63-5973-6

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

List: The Adventures of Mooty

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Mooty

Author: Jessie wee

Illustrator: Kwan Shan Mei

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Adventures of Mooty, first published in 1980, depicts the delightful adventures of a lovable mouse who endears himself to a community of animals, birds and insects and becomes their hero. This new edition of five books, each comprising two stories, will find Mooty warming the hearts of the young once more.

In Book One: Mooty and Grandma and Mooty and the Satay-man

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mouse, fright, food, animals, hawker

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story and illustrations are delightful and has a tinge of nostalgia to them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4276-55-9

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

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: Where is Dan?

Title of Picture Book: Where is Dan?

Author: Lydia Lok

Illustrator: Joycelyn Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Singapore Story made fun! Dan the Pandan Leaf arrives on the sunny shores of Jua Island. As he explores this new place and discovers where he really is, Dan begins to find himself too.

5 Keywords (other than themes): teamwork, home, ingredient, diversity, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Distinctive illustrations.
Text cutting across a spread don’t work so well.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7756-6

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