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Book Review: What We'll Build

Book Review: What We'll Build

Sundays are For Reading - What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers returns with a brand-new children’s book. With its aspirational encouragement to map the foundations a better world, What We’ll Build hits the offbeat humour and steadfast emotional rhythms that fans have come to expect in a timeless rhyming narrative of a father and daughter building and creating together. What We’ll Build opens on a simple illustrated spread of two pairs of hands, one pair per page that belong to the father and daughter who weave their way throughout the warmly colourful illustrations. Both hands are different — one...

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Book Review: Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma

Book Review: Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma by Melanie Lee and Arif Rafhan When Ash discovers her grandmother missing in the middle of a late night study session, little does she expect to discover a long-hidden family secret: her beloved Ah Ma has superpowers! Tempering zany fun with an exploration of social issues relevant to contemporary Singapore, Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma digs into the core of what glues a family and a neighbourhood together. For eleven years, Ashley Tan knows nothing of Ahma’s superstrength, superhuman flight, or her ability to stretch her limbs like a...

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Book Review: The Storm Keeper's Island

Book Review: The Storm Keeper's Island

Sundays Are For Reading - The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle On Arranmore Island, the wind is a faithful friend and the past is a place to visit by the light of the Storm Keeper’s magic candles. The first in an ongoing fantasy adventure series and rooted in both Celtic mythology as well as themes of belonging, The Storm Keeper’s Island follows protagonist Fionn Boyle as he uncovers the mysteries and magic of the island to defeat a darkness that lies in wait. Family secrets intertwine with the island’s magical nature. Fionn’s sister Tara leaves her phone and Fionn behind...

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Book Review: Child of Galaxies

Book Review: Child of Galaxies

Sundays are for Reading - Child of Galaxies by Blake Nuto and Charlotte Ager From gases to minerals, the elements of our world were formed in the heart of at least one star over billions of years. Scientifically speaking, the elements that make up the elements of the human body come from the stars. It’s this poetic sentiment that is the seed of Child of Galaxies, an uplifting read of wonder and courage. Told in second person and a lovely choice for rhyming read-aloud story, the poetry of stars, galaxies, and space intertwines throughout the narration. Blake Nuto’s writing places...

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