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Book Review: The Great Realisation

Book Review: The Great Realisation

Sundays are for Reading - The Great Realisation by Tomos Roberts and Nomoco The Great Realisation began as a spoken word poem, performed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a mere picture book, this adaptation of Tomos Roberts’ original poem uses the pandemic as a way to look at where we stood before, and how we can use the time we’ve been given to change our future. Told as a bedtime story in a far-flung imagined future, the narrator’s dialogue sets the year 2020 as a distant memory. In layered but clear language, the narrative delves into how people...

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Book Review: Tiger Tales

Book Review: Tiger Tales

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Tiger Tales by Joyceline See Tully and Chloe Chang Wander through the jungle of Singapore’s history with these (nearly true) folktale and historical animal stories. This lavishly illustrated storybook collection is a joy, whether for read-aloud story time or for independent readers to explore on their own. Ranging from Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of Singapore to the zoo that used to exist in the Botanical Gardens, Tiger Tales' seven short stories each pack a punch. Written in flowing prose, each story speaks directly to the reader, filled with animated dialogue and researched historical detail. The characters,...

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Book Review: Where Happiness Begins

Book Review: Where Happiness Begins

Sundays are for Reading - Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland Sometimes happiness may be hard to find and it might seem far away, but everyone needs happiness in their lives. In the companion to When Sadness comes to Call, Eva Eland pulls off a deceptively simple exploration of the human desire for happiness with a deft, thoughtful hand that remains age-appropriate for young readers. With its detailed illustrations, Where Happiness Begins personifies happiness as a neon-orange figure, plump and fun-loving. The illustrations that depict the search for this elusive figure is where the book shines, accompanied by simple but evocative...

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Book Review: Starbird

Book Review: Starbird

Sundays are for Reading - Starbird by Sharon King-Chai King, princesses, and a magical bird seeking out the way home… This lyrical fable, written and illustrated by Sharon King-Chai, the illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s Animalphabet, is a keeper for the home library shelf. In the story of Starbird, the Moon King captures the magnificent Starbird as a gift for his young daughter. Starbird’s song brings the little the most magnificent dreams every night. But when the princess sets Starbird free, the Moon King sets off in hot pursuit, where Starbird with the help of his animal friends hides in the night...

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