Singapore Children's Favorite Stories

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In the same series as the popular Filipino Children's Favorite Stories and Balinese Children's Favorite Stories, this book contains a collection of well-loved myths and tales from Singapore. Comprising 11 stories that have been told by mothers to children over the centuries, they cover classic childhood themes. The stories offer insight into Singapore's multicultural past and present, as well as it's colonial roots. The famous story of the tiger under the billiard table at the Raffles Hotel is retold, as is the ...

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Overview

In the same series as the popular Filipino Children's Favorite Stories and Balinese Children's Favorite Stories, this book contains a collection of well-loved myths and tales from Singapore. Comprising 11 stories that have been told by mothers to children over the centuries, they cover classic childhood themes. The stories offer insight into Singapore's multicultural past and present, as well as it's colonial roots. The famous story of the tiger under the billiard table at the Raffles Hotel is retold, as is the myth of how the name Singapore (Lion City) came about. Magical princesses, mermaids, tigers, pirates and buffalos compete for every child's attention. Retold by Diane Taylor with an international audience in mind and illustrated with whimsical watercolors by Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard, Singapore Children's Favorite Stories will enchant six-to-ten year-old readers from all over the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780794600976
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 405,645
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Taylor is a teacher, writer and consultant on children's literature. She has lived in many different countries during her life so far, and is currently based in the UK where she lives with her husband and two sons. Diane spent the first three years of her life living in Singapore, and has more recently been back for another five years. "I wanted my children to have a flavor of Singapore's rich heritage. Finding well-illustrated Singapore legends, with language that is accessible to young children, was almost impossible, so I decided to write them myself," she says. For four years she provided the children's book reviews for the Straits Times and is currently working on her collection of children's tales.

In her drawings, Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard, seeks to recapture the sense of naive innocence that we tend to lose when we all grow up. Her inspiration often comes from nature and she is happiest working from home. Lak-Khee lives in Singapore with Denis, her French husband, Baobab and Anais, their two teen-aged children and cat, Sally.

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Table of Contents

How the Island of Singapore Came About
The Last Tiger
The Raja├Žs Mistake
The Queen of the Forest
King Parameswara and the Naming of Singapura
The Luminous Pearl
Vanished!
The Pirates of Riau
The Two Widows
The Magical Princess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Wonderfully Written; Amazing Illustrations

    This book is absolutley amazing. There are so many fairy tales set in the West but this is a collection of stories from the other side of the world. Di Taylor's words flow effortlessly off the page and kids will sit enthralled until you've finished each story and then they'll want you to read another one. LK Tay-Audouard's Illustrations are simply breath-taking. They could very well be works of art in themselves. This would make the ideal birthday or Christmas gift for a lucky child. In fact, it would make a great gift for your host the next time you attend a dinner party - It could be the perfect coffee table book. A MUST BUY!

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