List: Liam, the Brave

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 14 PMTitle of Picture Book: Liam, the Brave

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Simon Koay

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish Children, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Liam, the Brave is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear: butterflies. Liam desperately wants to become The Bravest Boy in the World, and he goes through an extraordinary journey of self-discovery to face and overcome his fear. Beyond simply being a story about a boy with an irrational fear, it is also a story about perseverance and how accolades don’t matter. What is most important is being true to oneself.

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Fear, Butterfly, School, Nature, Winning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story deals with a topic that deserves conversations about – fear. While the story is not presented in the most exciting manner, Liam’s methodological way to overcoming his fear is interesting and would make a good talking point, as would the end of the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5129-2

List: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Photo 25-4-17, 1 49 11 PMTitle of Picture Book: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Laura Liberatore

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: A music school for “birds only” is having a concert where its performers will be able to develop their potential further.
Elvis the frog dreams of singing at this important event. But can he ever be accepted?
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5 Keywords (not including themes): Dreams, School, Diversity, Birds, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written to illustrate one article in the Rights of the Child, it is a good story about diversity, acceptance and talents. Also good for talking about school, and nature reserves (Sungei Buloh). It can be fun imagining what the concert sounded like. E-book available.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5381-8