by Adeline Foo
illustrated by Lee Kowling
Two little girls found themselves caught up in the middle of an uprising in ancient China, as the Chinese revolted against their Mongol rulers. Against a backdrop of mystical Chinese lanterns and monstrous Japanese kites, this story traces the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival, weaving in the magic of mooncakes painted by one of Singapore’s pioneer artists, Georgette Chen.
The story of Puteh, the little nonya, carries on in Georgette’s Mooncakes. Inspired by the idea of ‘magical realism’, this story is one where children can be transported into a different world, through suspended belief. This is the first book in a new series featuring the inspiring works of Singapore’s pioneer artists, using art as a backdrop and the paintbrush as a magical tool.
Georgette's Mooncakes is available in English and Chinese.
About the Author
A mother of three, Adeline Foo received the inaugural First Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative Award given by the Media Development Authority and the National Book Development Council of Singapore in 2006. Since then, she has published four books featuring denizens of Singapore’s tropical rainforest, Ben’s Friends from the Rainforest, Secret Hoarder, Lost in the Secret Garden and The Midnight Tree.
The first book was adapted into a cartoon and aired on national TV and showcased at an animation fair in MIPCOM, and Cannes. In June 2008, the National Heritage Board supported Adeline to develop a series of stories entitled Peranakan Fables.
This series for young readers showcases the unique Chinese-Malay-European immigrant hybrid culture of the Peranakans, in The Beaded Slippers, The Kitchen God, Chilli Padi and The Amulet. The Peranakan Fables received excellent reviews in the Singapore press, and even made their way across the globe to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and Singapore Day in Melbourne, in October 2008.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
A designer by training, Lee Kowling is much sought after for her watercolour illustrations for children’s books. Herself a mother of two young kids, she has worked on more than 20 children’s books.
In 2007, Kowling collaborated with Katrina Griffiths for The Wombat Stole My Shoe; it was later selected for the Australian Booksellers Association’s children’s reading guide. She has illustrated Adeline Foo’s Peranakan series which includes The Beaded Slippers, The Kitchen God, Chilli Padi and The Amulet.
Kowling has also worked on cartooning and art appreciation workshops with the Ministry of Education (Singapore).
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Dimension: 235mm x 240mm