There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Title of Picture Book: There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Author: Maria Mahat

Illustrator: Idris Ali

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ungu Pen Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mahir and his classmates go on an excursion at Malay Heritage Centre. He and his best friend, Aqil, wonder what Singapore was like in the olden days. Their imagination leads them to explore snapshots of old and fascinating Singapore, and the culture of the Malays. A bilingual English-Malay storybook that includes a wide range of learning for young children. A must-have for all preschoolers and primary schoolers!

Comes with a DVD

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Malay, game, museum, imagination, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Many opportunities to learn more about the Malay culture and heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0539-5

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

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Where Oh Where is Monty Bear?

Title of Picture Book: WhereOh Where is Monty Bear? Singapore

Author: Belinda Trewartha, Rebecca Hamer

Illustrator: Zura Johnson

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Monty Bear Pty Ltd

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Monty Bear

Monty is a special bear with a story to tell.

When we last met Monty, he had opened his magical book and with an explosion of fireworks, Monty was transported to the twinkling star on the map.

Join Monty on his first adventure as he learns to be open-minded and confident, explores Singapore and solves a riddle along the way.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, Singapore, merlion, confidence, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A virtual tour of Singapore. One of the main character was said to be riding a rickshaw when it should be trishaw.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-0-6-180285-1-2

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

Use Your Head

Title of Picture Book: Use Your Head

Author: Felix Cheong

Illustrator: Natassya Diana Siregar

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When young Kayden is told by his busy mother to use his head and think of something to do, he picks up his pencil to do a join-the-dots page and tumbles into a land where friendly flamingoes welcome him with, “We are never too busy for tea./ We have books laid out for three.”

Written in simple rhyming couplets that children of age four and above will enjoy reading aloud, this whimsical and charmingly-illustrated book follows Kayden and his flamingo friends up a mountain, under the sea, and off in a hot-air balloon … until Mum is ready to play with him once again.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): animal, imagination, toy, thinking, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting story

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4768-4

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

The Shepherd and His Cloud

Title of Picture Book: The Shepherd and His Cloud

Author: Natalia Pang

Illustrator: Drewscape

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Shai is a shepherd, but not the ordinary kind. He is a shepherd of the clouds in the sky.

He is often lonely, but one day, a mischievous little cloud turns his world upside down.

A story about the delicate bonds of friendship.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): clouds, imagination, friendship, loneliness, feelings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical tale with depth.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-4266-35-2

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

Mina Meets Cambridge

Title of Picture Book: Mina Meets Cambridge

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mina is excited to visit her elder sister, Zara, in Cambridge. Mina has heard so much about Cambridge University from Zara and longs to visit. As Mina spends time with her sister, she discovers many interesting facts about Cambridge. However, she wonders why Zara does not seem to notice the charming characters they meet along the way …

Mina Meets Cambridge is a whimsical story of an imaginative girl’s adventure in Cambridge. There she learns that in order to be successful, one needs to work hard, persevere, and have courage to dream big.

Age 9 and above; also for the dreamers and the young at heart.

This book is also available in Braille.

The typeface used in this book is know as Dyslexie Font, a five specially designed for people with dyslexia.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): Imagination, famous people, aspiration, history, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Informative.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4282-3

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

Like Fins for Feet

Title of Picture Book: Like Fins for Feet

Author: Perry Ho

Illustrator: Kristal Melson

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

Publisher’s Blurb: One day, you awake to find a Blue Whale in your room. It is no different from the wind blowing a moth or a paper bag across your path. Once you get over the whalenss of the moment, your day goes on, like it did yesterday, and most likely, like it will tomorrow. Today however …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Poem, feelings, imagination, whale, size

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Poetic and perhaps somewhat philosophical.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-34-5

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

Discover an Island Called Temasek

Title of Picture Book: Discover an Island called Temasek

Author: Moriko Kristiansen

Illustrator: Enrico Sllustio

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

Publisher’s Blurb: It is our wish to present this series to Singaporean children with a fun and creative approach to their culture and history. In these books, they will be able to experience their national heritage through the time travels and adventures of Ooof and Peppi, two friendly visitors form another planet.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): history, places

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, imagination, time travel, lion, space

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-296-010-54-38

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

Three Stars

Title of Picture Book: Three Stars

Author: Shamini Flint

Illustrator: Craig Smith

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mummy decided that if Sasha and Spencer were good, well-behaved children, they would each get a gold star.

Sasha was very excited about the plan!

Spencer was less excited.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): behaviour, reward, helping, siblings, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Spencer was indeed less excited and very imaginative. Was his tantrums a little rude?

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-2394-8

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

The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Title of Picture Book: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Author: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Illustrator: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs is the culmination of a creative collaboration between two Singaporean artists.

Lee Ju-Lyn enjoys combining different forms and ideas. She is the author of All the People Imagine (2008), a “Murakami-meets-Tim-Burton-meets-blog entries collection of short fiction …”, and Millie, an experimental literary work supported by the NAC Arts Creation Fund (2010).

Levene Wong is an artist whose works express a childlike imagination to the world around her. She has exhibited in Melbourne, Australia, from her Wander series. Specialising in creating visuals for the young at heart, Levene has worked with publishers both in Singapore and abroad.

5 Keywords (other than themes): failure, positive, vegetable, imagination, art

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical story about facing challenges in life positively.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4170-3

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