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READ & REVIEWED: The ABCs of Old Singapore by Hwee Goh and Jayne Ong

With gorgeous illustrations and engaging prose, The ABCs of Old Singapore is a unique alphabet book that's fun for readers young and old.

The ABCs of old Singapore picture book Hwee Goh Jayne Ong singlit

In The ABCs of Old Singapore, you'll learn A is for the Annals, B is for Badang and C is for Colonel Crawford! This fresh-off-the-printer picture book written by Hwee Goh and illustrated by Jayne Ong is not your typical alphabet book but one that introduces the history of old Singapore with gorgeous illustrations and engaging prose.

The ABCs of old Singapore picture book Hwee Goh Jayne Ong singlit

Readers will come across interesting terms like kris and lakawood, and important names like Iskandar Shah and Stamford Raffles, and they make great conversation starters on the early history of Singapore.

The ABCs of old Singapore picture book Hwee Goh Jayne Ong singlit

Picture books are typically targeted at younger readers but my 10 and 12-year-olds enjoyed this thoroughly. With every alphabet, they were filling me in on the stories and background of the terms from what they had learnt from social studies and history lessons. See, great conversation starters, right?

The ABCs of old Singapore picture book Hwee Goh Jayne Ong singlit

Thank you for gifting a signed copy to my girls, Hwee! They found the exclamations like "riveting!" and "stupendous!" very funny and they shared your sentiment that this is more interesting written in alphabetical rather than chronological order 😉 We had fun reading this together!

The ABCs of old Singapore picture book Hwee Goh Jayne Ong singlit

This picture book is now available at Epigram Books and leading bookstores in Singapore!


Disclaimer: My opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.


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