Author : Lim Lay Har Illustrator : Lim Lay Koon Publisher's Review : by Peter Duke
The Lim sisters have produced a really bright cheerful story with a simple story line and colourful illustrations to delight children five to six.
One morning, poor Atuk (grandfather) cannot find his sarong. This is the start of a fun story as Atuk searches for his sarong and his grandson Adik.
Atuk looks in the drawer, in the cupboard and on the washing line, but no sarong. He asks his wife and two older grandchildren. Nobody has seen it although each offered helpful advice.
Eventually he wonders if Adik has seen it. But where is Adik? Is he playing games in the garden? No, he’s a superman.
He’s in the jungle.
When Atuk finally finds Adik, he realises his sarong is no ordinary sarong. It’s a superhero’s cape!
Atuk and Adik have a wonderful day together with the super hero’s cape; which is also a lion, a house, a picnic mat… Soon it’s time for bed. Atuk tucks Adik into bed with the superhero bed cover.
Young children will easily relate to this fun story of imagination and play. The language is simple and, with the supporting pictures, parents can use the book to help their young read. The book will be a good addition to the early reader’s book case and a perfect bedtime story.
Author : Nor Azhar Ishak Illustrator : Nor Azhar Ishak Publisher's Review : by Peter Duke
Science educator, Nor Azhar Ishak has created an excellent book for children ranging in age from five to ten years. It contains facts on many of the creatures that live under the sea coupled with his colourful illustrations using the batik method of painting on fabric. There is one extra aspect of the book that fascinates children; each illustration is accompanied by a black and white replica that children can colour, with the full colour illustration of the facing page as inspiration!
The black and white picture is full of facts and the names of some of the creatures that abound on reefs as can be seen from this page.
Azhar continues his story with more pictures of the reef and its inhabitants including beautiful but poisonous creatures and the shy sea horse. Ask a young reader how many sea horses she or he can spot in the next picture.
We have found that the next illustration amuses many young readers as the small mimic octopus changes its shape to confuse predators.
Then in a later illustration we see the clever way a shoal of young barracudas swim in a deep vortex to protect themselves from predators.
Azhar leaves the reef and discovers one of the giants of the sea, the whale shark. It looks dangerous but is it really?
In his final picture Azhar takes the reader deep down into the sea where sunlight does not penetrate. Here the reader discovers many curious creatures.
Azhar completes his journey under the sea with a short section on how he creates his art using the traditional batik painting method.
Summary: A picture book and a colouring book full of interesting facts about the creatures that live in the sea around us that will keep children occupied for hours.
Author : Rossiti Aishah Rashidi Illustrator : Farrah Asheila Samsuri Publishers Review : by Peter Duke
‘Big Strong and Beautiful… It’s a tough world for elephants’. Rossiti’s final quote in her fascinating book about elephants.
In this book about Siti the elephant, Rossiti has continued with the approach she pioneered in her first book Puteri Tioman.
This involves combining interesting facts about her subject – a Green Turtle in Pulau Tioman - and the dangerous environment in which they live. Farrah’s realistic and beautiful illustrations help carry the story along.
Siti is an elephant living with two other elephants in a small compound surrounded by an electric fence in Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
She was not born in captivity but in the wild. When she was captured she was brought to the zoo where she is one of the favourites. Rossiti compares her life today in the zoo with what it was like when she was free.
Rossiti continues with a series of pages containing general facts about elephants, both working elephants and those living in the wild.
Siti’s story ends with how she was captured in a banana plantation which used to be a forest. Denuding forest land for agriculture is one of the major causes of loss of habitat that is creating the competition between man and the elephant for space. A competition that elephants are losing.
But not all elephants live in zoos, many live in special elephant sanctuaries like the Kuala Gandah Sanctuary in Malaysia. Farrah has created a delightful picture of Rossiti, her husband and three of her young daughters at the sanctuary.
After an informative first part, the second part of the book comes with the delightful and well-known story of the elephant and the five blind men.
Finally, there is a section on facts about elephants.
This is an important book about a rapidly disappearing species of animal that needs protection. This book deserves to be in every classroom and in home collections.