About this book: It is 1930s Singapore and war is raging in China and Europe. But for eight-year-old Sing and her nine brothers and sisters, life is carefree and fun at their wooden house in Palmer Road where they live with Mother, Father and Ah Seem. Join them as they go frog hunting, escape fierce guard geese, visit a 'coolie room', and head off on other exciting adventures in pre-war colonial Singapore.
- It is a gentle introduction to a pre-war Singapore, heightened and enhanced by its illustrations, while never quite forgetting that war is around the corner.
- Its semi-autobiographical nature gives it a good sense of historical detail as well as an authentic perspective.
- All the locations mentioned can still be found on maps today, which would be fun to help children locate the past in relation to the present.
- It features plenty of age-appropriate adventure and innovation, such as Sing's little lantern that will never burn.