List: Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

Title of Picture Book: Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

Author: Emily Lim
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Mustard Seed Books, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Pauper Bear is a sad little teddy bear who kings to be loved. Prince Bear is a proud bear who loves himself. When their paths take different turns, the two bears discover that things do not happen as they expect …
A delightful and charming take of love, friendship and teddy bears by a winner of Singapore’s “First-time Writer and Illustrators Publishing Initiative” award.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Friendship, acceptance, love, helping, toys

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming tale that is enjoyable and carries an encouraging theme of extending help as a gesture of love. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9004-8

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

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Ariel and Her Honesty Pig_coverTitle: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

Publisher and Country: MandarinaKids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ariel has a weak leg. She thinks that children will not befriend her because of her leg. She tells a lie about having many friends. Meng Meng and An An help Ariel learn the values of honesty and friendship.

Ariel and her Honesty Pig

5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, honesty, birthday, problem-solving, bilingualism.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates honesty and friendship.

Where to buy or borrow (if available):

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9660-0

Submitted by  Pauline Loh

List: The Robot in My Playground

RobotTitle of Picture Book: The Robot in My Playground

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Avina Tan

Publisher and Country: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Lucas loves robots. Especially the robot in the playground near his house. How he wishes that the robot would come to life. And after a big storm, it does!
They forge a friendship that will have a deep impact on Lucas for years to come.

robot in my playground

5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, robots, science fiction, aliens, career choices

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is a good book to engage children in conversations about friendship, relocation and career choices. However, on a less serious note – it is good simply for a fun read. The artwork is rich and colourful.
Read about how 2 illustrators ‘fought over’ the book!

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5583-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh