List: The Swing of Things

Title of Picture Book: The Swing of Things

Author: Andy Chen

Illustrator: Ye Ruoshi

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

Publisher’s Blurb: “There once was a time when the family swing was not this unmoving, unused, unloved thing …”

And so begin this sweet story for children about a swing that was once loved and played on every day by two sisters Faith and Sarah – until they grew up and became too old for swings.

But the swing learns that sad times don’t last forever and that things always change.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): play, siblings, growing old, history, marriage

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting book for speaking about the passing of time and what growing up and older means.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4642-93-4

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

List: Emily the Duckling

Title of Picture Book: Emily the Duckling says “Humph!”

Author: Ka Lim

Illustrator: Ka Lim

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): SNP International

Publisher’s Blurb: Emily is a cheerful duckling and just part of a happy family, but, like the rest of us, she sometimes gets a little frustrated (“Humph!”).

In this simple tale for young children lies a powerful and timeless message for all ages about acceptance and the willingness to take positive action.

5 Keywords (other than themes): complaining, acceptance, positive, mother, siblings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting way to talk about being grumpy instead of having a cheerful and positive disposition.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-248-134-4

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

Listing: Writing a Diary with Mum

FullSizeRender 4Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy – Writing a Diary with Mum

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Timmy and Tammy are curious about Mum’s diary. What will they learn and could they start diaries of their own?

Join Timmy and Tammy as they explore and learn. Practice reading skills and celebrate family values at the same time!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): writing, biscuits, siblings, mother, reader

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The text is clear and the illustrations colourful. A simple narrative about the children learning about diary keeping from their mother. Heartwarming albeit not a very exciting story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6515-2

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

List: Pittodrie Pirates – What’s a Blue Furry?

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Title: Pittodrie Pirates: What’s a Blue Furry? (Book 1)

Author: Lynette Morrison

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The young pirates of Pittodrie love to sing, dance, play and make friends. In the first book of their travels, they sail to the mysterious Glenelg Island and meet the delightful Blue Furry and the ominous Purple Spike. But are these creatures really what they seem? Find out with your children in this new series of courage, friendship and adventure.

Brief Review: This is the 1st book of 4 books where it takes the reader on an fun filled adventure with 5 pirates siblings in the islands near their home. The adventures sparkle imaginative play amongst the children.

5 Key Words: Courage, Pirates, Songs, Siblings, Mission

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4413-69-5

Submitted by: Jo Chia