Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase: I REALLY Rescued a Goat to Save Chinese New Year (Read Aloud)
By Neil Humphreys & Cheng Puay Koon, NJH Publishing, free from iTunes
"Go, Rat! Go, Ox! Go, Tiger!" Neil Humphreys' precocious protagonist is back and, this time, she's used her magic suitcase to take a trip back to ancient China. Having zapped herself back to the time of the Great Race, which determined the order of the animals on the Chinese calendar, Abbie Rose meets the Jade Emperor and helps the hapless Goat reach the finish line and claim his spot alongside Dragon, Monkey, and the other animals. This hit e-book is available in English, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese read-aloud versions.
Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
Contemporary art for kids? You better believe it. The annual Singapore Art Museum exhibition is chock-full of fun interactive installations. Construct your own version of housing estates and the city skyline with Tetris-shaped housing blocks at We Built this Estate! Or create and add your own small object alongside the artist's and other museum-goers' at the Let's Make! Studio to form a collective tapestry of dreams about and of the nation's future. The kids will also love all the fun drawings by Singapore collective Band of Doodlers, which cover the walls of the museum's four levels. The exhibition is at SAM at 8Q until July 19. Visit www.singaporeartmuseum.sg.
The Incredible Book-Eating Boy
Henry loves books - big books, small books, picture books, and reference books. But Henry doesn't like reading them. No, he likes chewing them. And the more he eats, the smarter he gets. But one day, he realises that his knowledge is getting jumbled up. Will he be able to find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth? Suitable for kids aged three to eight; it runs from May 22 to 24 at the Drama Theatre at School of the Arts. Tickets start at $38 from www.sistic.com.sg. Visit www.aba-productions.com.
The Asian premiere stars the big lovable dog who runs a club for a bunch of curious preschoolers called the Squirrels. Duggee leads the kids in fun adventures, where they must solve problems by moving, jumping, running and skipping to earn their squirrel activity badge. The animated series runs on CBeebies (StarHub channel 303) at 9.10am, 12.35pm, 5.10pm and 11.25pm on weekdays and 8.20am, 4.55pm and 11.25pm on weekends.
This article first appeared in the May 2015 of Young Parents magazine.
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