Malaysian and Singapore Children's Favourite Stories -- Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me copies of these books free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation. 

May brings us into Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month. To celebrate I always like to read some Asian stories. Luckily I have a contact at Tuttle Publishing. Tuttle Publishing focuses on Asia in their books. They are also a supporter of the Multicultural Kid Blogs' Giveaway for this month. As such they sent me a copy of Malaysian Children's Favourite Stories by Kay Lyons and illustrated by Martin Loh which is the only prize from them I have not previously reviewed as well a copy of Singapore Children's Favourite Stories by Di Taylor and illustrations by LK Tay-Audouard. They have quite the selection of Asian countries for this series of books and I have to admit we have quite a few of them as well. Hazel always LOVES these books and never lets me donate them. Actually it looks like I am missing a few. I am guessing they may be hiding in Hazel's room.

We have reviewed the Children's Favorite Stories from Vietnam, India, Japan, China, Korea, and Asia.  I put all of our Asian themed books together to see what we have and you can see many of them came from Tuttle and this does not include the ones we already donated to our public library and Hazel's school.

So today we get to share with you Malaysian Children's Favourite Stories. This colorful book has nine Malaysian folktales in it and a page that talks about folktales and in particular the ones from Malaysia. With so much jungle many of their tales were to warn children of the dangers in the jungle.

The stories in this book tell of various things that help explore the land and culture of Malaysia. There are stories about people, animals and even more.

Several of the stories are trickster stories and share how animals got their looks or why they do not get along with humans very well. Other stories tell about royalty who have problems with various people or spirits. Although the warning is there about the stories to try to warn children, they are not too scary and Hazel, who is easily frightened was not scared by any of them.
The stories also show the mix of cultures that exist in Malaysia. The pictures are beautiful and colorful and done in a dreamlike way. I have been reading these type of stories to Hazel for a very long time and she now always is curious about whether people really believe them or not.

Our second book is Singapore Children's Favourite Stories. This book is the start of our month long exploration of Singapore with Global Learning for Kids. We will be posting more of our exploration later in the month, but I wanted to share this book here as well. It was interesting to read these two books at the same time since many of the stories have similar feels (some of the population of Singapore is from Malaysia). This book has eleven folktales.
The book starts with a creation of Singapore story and it includes a story about how Singapore got its name. Other stories include tales of magic and animals as well as pirates. There are also so many stories that just share the culture of this island country. With stories involving mermaids, magic, spirits and more it is a fun book to read.  The Raja's Mistake tells the story we actually saw on a DVD from our library with a slight difference. It was exciting to learn the different versions.

My only complaint about this book has to do with the colorful illustrations. Many of them I felt showed the people out of proportion. It made all the people look a bit fat to me and I would not want people to assume that is how people in Singapore actually are. However the illustrations themselves are colorful and beautiful. The stories are interesting and exciting at times!

For my reviews of the other Tuttle Publishing prizes see Origami Zoo, Beyond the Tiger Mom, and All About Korea (we LOVE this series as well).

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