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

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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

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

List: Salted Fish

Title of Picture Book: Salted Fish

Author: Yeo Wei Wei

Illustrator: Ye Shufang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Lynn is visiting the National Art Gallery for the first time with her favourite toy Cotton Bunny. Both of them notice a funny smell in one of the galleries. The smell seems to be coming from one of the paintings! Lynn and Cotton Bunny are about to embark on a journey that they will never forget, a journey where art, memory, and the present meet.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, artwork, gallery, painting, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the National Gallery Singapore, featuring a famous painting by Cheong Soo Pieng.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-6444-6

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

List: The Amazing Sarong

Title of Picture Book: The Amazing Sarong

Author: Quek Hong Shin

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Adi and Nora are about to go to the beach when their mother takes off her sarong baby sling and tells them to take it. And what an adventure they had with it.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sarong, beach, games, food, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A nostalgic tale about the many uses of a sarong.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-86-0

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

List: There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Title of Picture Book: There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Author: Gwen lee

Illustrator: Cheryl Kook

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

Publisher’s Blurb: There was a Peranakan woman
Who lived in a shoe,
She made so many nonya kueh,
She didn’t know what to do.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, nursery rhymes, Singapore, diwali, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Useful for introducing poems and rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7867-5

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

List: Farrer Park

Title of Picture Book: Farrer Park – Rhyming Verses from a Singapore Childhood

Author: Ann Peters

Illustrator: Lydia Yang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In tis charming collection of rhyming verses, Ann Peters tells the stories of her wondrous, carefree childhood in the Farrer Park neighbourhood. Embodying the spirit of the people and places in the Singapore of old, these poems are imbued with fond memories that Ann hopes to share with children of today. The poems are accompanied by lovely full-colour illustrations by Lydia Yang, a promising Singaporean artist.

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, food, memories, grandparents, dengue

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A cheery collection of poems about delightful food and people from the past. Might just be a little challenging for younger readers but should still be fun to be read aloud with them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1676-9

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