Tuesday, November 15, 2022

KIDLIT SG NEW BOOKS 2022 _____ Presenting SING A SONG OF HAWKER FOOD by Janice Khoo, a collection of nursery rhymes about local hawker dishes, yum yum

NOTE: This post is part of my blog series to celebrate SG kidlit titles released in 2022. More info about this showcase here. All the featured books and authors can be found here

Hi! I'm Janice. Sing a Song of Hawker Food is my first book. This is how it all started.  

Kidlit author Lianne Ong approached me with this fantastic idea of writing fractured nursery rhymes about Singapore hawker culture, which had been recognised by UNESCO. The 14 rhymes in our book are a celebration of Singapore hawker culture. I wanted children to see how special hawker culture is, and I wanted to entertain them at the same time.

Our book was written during the Covid-19 pandemic and we spent hours on Zoom identifying our favourite hawker dishes, and singing and fine-tuning what we wrote. Many nights, I'd end a call with Lianne wishing I could have roti prata or fishball mee for supper.

One highlight of this journey is hearing about children who sing our rhymes repeatedly, or who want to taste the food featured in our book. That's so rewarding.

Purchase: https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/12357#t=aboutBook

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