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: The Mango Tree

Photo 25-4-17, 1 48 17 PMTitle of Picture Book: The Mango Tree

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Idris Ali

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Everything has a story, even the knotted tree. Besides bearing fruits and providing shade, what is so unique about the mango tree? Why does it have a special place in a little girl’s heart?
The Mango Tree is a touching story of family relationship, appreciation for nature, and a rooted sense of identity that transcends through time and space.
Photo 25-4-17, 1 48 51 PM5 Keywords (not including themes): History, Heritage, Malay, Nature, Environment

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Through a unique and personal biography, we learn about traditions and also the need to treasure nature and the environment. A good springboard for talking about family too. Some Malay words are also introduced.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5134-0