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Lupompo and the Baby Monkey

All is not well in Lupompo’s village. People are cutting down trees and draining the land; the forest animals are leaving and villagers are falling sick. Lupompo is determined to find out the truth. This title was...

The Story of the Crow and the Frog

In this retelling of a classic story, a crow mocks an old frog for moving slowly along the seashore and challenges him to a race. The frog assures him he will win and he gathers together all the other frogs to enlist...

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The Mango Tree

When Cik Idah is born, her grandmother plants a mango seed in the front garden. As the baby girl grows to adulthood, the mango tree provides her with a place to play, take refuge and store her memories. I embarked on a...

Karung Guni Boy

Ming loves to draw his inventions, but he doesn’t have any money to bring them to life. Then he hits on a creative solution: to collect the things his neighbours no longer want or need! What is a Karung Guni Boy, I...

The Little Singapore Book

This highly illustrated non-fiction title traces the story of Singapore over 700 years, from old island kingdom to the current day. I’ve had this title on the radar for over a year now thanks to a recommendation by...

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Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head

Miss Whimper, Miss Grouch and Miss Stern are desperate to discover why Miss Jolly is so happy. The answer comes in the shape of a giant green flying fruit. I first found out about this book in a great list of books in...

Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words

Pedro sees all sorts of lines and squiggles in the world around him, but he is not able to make real sense of them until he starts school – and learns to read! Reading is an amazing skill. Through our ability to...

Along the River

A flotilla of brightly coloured boats travels along the river towards the sea. Onboard them a cast of characters enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The river is the place to be! It bustles with energy and life as a...

Brazil

My picture book selection for Brazil has something of an international flavour with creators and translators drawn from Argentina, Portugal, Bulgaria, the UK, Canada, the US . . . as well as Brazil! Purely unintentional...