In the same series as the popular Filipino Childrens Favorite Stories
and Balinese Childrens 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 Singapores multicultural past and present, as well as its 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 childs attention. Retold by Diane Taylor with an international audience in mind and illustrated with whimsical watercolors by Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard, Singapore Childrens Favorite Stories
will enchant six-to-ten year-old readers from all over the world.
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 childrens 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.