Travels of Little Rice Grass by Anupa Roy
Travels of Little Rice Grass by Anupa Roy

Travels of Little Rice Grass

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by Anupa Roy

illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon

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Long, long ago, there was a little grass. Born in the marshes along a river, the wild grass began to travel with early humans. It crossed rivers and mountains and visited many lands. It grew wherever humans lived and had many adventures. It is loved by all – it is RICE!

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This is the first part of a series:

- Travels of Little Rice Grass
- Travels of Little Tea Leaves
- Travels of Little Silk

About the Author

Anupa Roy is an Asian in love with her rice and tea. When she is not reading or being a mother and wife, she writes on — what else — rice and tea! And about people like the San Bushmen and Eskimos whom she envies.

The rest of the time she spends travelling and pottering around libraries, getting information for other serious stuff she writes, like architecture and history. For more information visit her website.

About the Illustrator

Cheng Puay Koon picked up a brush and painted faces and costumes from Chinese opera when she was 10. Today, she is one of Singapore’s much sought-after illustrators. Years of training in various newsrooms make the mother of two adept at working amidst the constant mayhem created by her little girls. She thinks drawing for children is the most fun job ever and wishes that they enjoy the illustrations as much as she enjoys making them.


"This picture book is an excellent introduction into rice, a staple food for many across the world.  Rice here is given a voice, a voice that can recall histories of the past use of rice as well as challenges for the future.  An excellent example of faction, the use of narrative style through the voice of the subject is an engaging way to invite children to inquire about the cultural histories (including global spread and harvest celebrations), ecology, agriculture, nutritional benefits and future challenges of our food sources given the unpredictability of climate change.

The illustrations are richly textured where palette and colour contrast are used effectively to represent the benevolence of nature versus human exploitation. There is a poetic song to be sung at the end that speaks of rice production and the joy of good food from the perspective of the child...

Overall, this picture book is recommended for the parent/teacher who wants to excite interest in children in terms of beginning the process of investigation into the food sources we use, often without thinking."
- John McKenzie, of Reading Time from The Children's Book Council of Australia

"Travels of Little Rice Grass by Anupa Roy and illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon is a welcome addition to the slowly growing number of environmentally themed stories in English for young children created and set in Asia. 'Little Rice Grass' tells the story of her own origins and accidental discovery by Cave-People, and subsequent development from an edible grass into a nourishing seed. [...]  This part-fable-like introduction to a highly complex story will be an interesting and useful addition to libraries, as well as for parents who would like their children to have a keener appreciation of food and nature."
Dayan, Goodreads reviewer

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ISBN: 978-981-09-0374-9
Published: 2014
Dimension: 240mm x 235mm
Extent: 24
Finish: Paperback