The Little Singapore Book (New Edition)
By Sim Ee Waun & Joyceline See Tully
Illustrated by Chloe Chang
“Once upon a time, there was a little island called Singapura. It was a rich and thriving kingdom ruled by ancient kings…”
The wait is over! After more than a year in the works, The Little Singapore Book is back, bigger and better. To be released 7 November 2022, the new edition boasts gorgeous new illustrations, updated details and 90 full-colour pages, compared to the original 80. Expect more fascinating content of Singapore’s past, including amazing little-known stories, fun facts and activities. Just like the first edition, all content and illustrations in this new edition have been rigorously researched is sprinkled with engaging details that encourage exploration and conversation between young readers and grown-ups.
For those unfamiliar with this modern Singapore children’s classic, The Little Singapore Book is a fun-filled romp through Singapore’s history, packed in four chapters. It starts with a simplified history of Singapore from the 14th century through nation building and to the present day, then on to a whirlwind tour of the historical districts of Singapore. Flitting from past to present, it reveals the fascinating origins of neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little India, and how they have changed. For instance, did you know that Serangoon was once cattle farmland? Or that there was a real fort that once stood at Fort Road? This is followed by the final chapter on the way we live and what Singaporeans are all about, from the rich colourful language that we call ‘Singlish’ to our collective love for food. Sprinkled within are also activities for kids, from walking routes to games and quizzes, and sidebars of fun facts to pique children’s interest.