An Instrument for Eddie

Title of Picture Book: An Instrument for Eddie

Author: Karen Lee

Illustrator: Tienny The

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Strategic Book Publishing, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: In the very special children’s book, An Instrument for Eddie, Eddie is an unusual elephant who loves to perform. he dreams of music, and his fondest wish is to play a musical instrument. Eddie tries to learn how to play several instruments, but is unsuccessful.

Eddie is also a resourceful elephant and he nevr gives up. Through his determination, he finally discovers an instrument that is just right for him.

This extraordinary book was inspired by a true story about a little boy with a hearing impairment, who was also determined to play a musical instrument. Just like Eddie, this little boy didn’t give up. Because of his determination and passion for music, the little boy is also able to play an instrument just like other children.

A former teacher, Karen Lee lives in Singapore. She hopes An Instrument for Eddie inspires children to never give up when reaching for their dreams.

5 Keywords (other than themes): determination, resilience, animals, music, instruments

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and charming tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-61204-302-9

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


List: Rooster Raga

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Title of Picture Book: Rooster Raga

Author: Natasha Sharma

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Do roosters sing ragas? This one does, but like all true artists discovers it after a lot of struggle! Every time he opens his mouth he has a new tune – but not the kukaroo kuroo of the other roosters! His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll while trying to teach him to get it right. This cheeky, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, music, exercise, farm, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting book that invites participation in moving and singing along with a host of farm animals. It also invites a chat about talents, confidence, creativity, practice and helping others. It cold also lead to an exploration of Asian music terms such as “raga”.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-454-0