Listing: Tokoyo – The Tomb of the Sea Serpent

FullSizeRender 3Title of Picture Book: Tokoyo – The Tomb of the Sea Serpent

Author: Catherine Khoo

Illustrator: Teressa Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In ancient Japan, Tokoyo must brave long distances and a fearsome sea serpent to reunite with her father, a banished samurai. How can one girl make a difference in the world?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): bravery, girl, Japan, samurai, make a difference

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This retelling of a Japanese legend clearly shows that one girl can make a huge difference.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6711-2

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

List: Benji, Yumi, Origami

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Title of Picture Book: Benji, Yumi, Origami

Author: Emily Lim-Leh

Illustrator: Kazumi Wilds

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Benji receives an origami book, he tries hard to fold the paper animals. But he fails to get them right and gives up – until his neighbour Yumi shows him a surprising way to look at his creations. This special friendship unfolds in a delightful stroy that readers will enjoy again and again.

Japanese translation by Yumiko Fukumoto

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Japan, neighbour, imagination, creativity, persistence

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Children trying origami for the first time can probably identify with the frustration of getting it right. Using their imagination to make “failures” work, making friends across culture and being willing to persist and learn are some topics prompted by this story. Even looking closely at the Japanese text could be fun.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9353-5