The One and Only Inuka
- About the Author and Illustrator
There will never be another Singapore Zoo attraction as delightful or instantly lovable as Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics. Inuka was born in Singapore on 26 December 1990 and was a star from the first time he appeared in public as a baby bear, splashing in his pool alongside his mother Sheba. He was playful, loved to bask in the sunshine, swim in his pool and entertain himself by stacking tyres or playing with his favourite traffic cone. Thousands of children - and adults - came to see him over the years, especially on his birthday when he tucked into his birthday cake of ice, fruits, berries, fish and cream frosting. When Inuka died on 25 April 2018, he was well into his 70s in polar bear years. In The One And Only Inuka, artist Quek Hong Shin and writer Alan John remember this very special polar bear, with love and fond memories.
Alan John is a journalist, writer, trainer and volunteer. He is the director of the Asia Journalism Fellowship, an annual programme of Temasek Foundation International that brings seasoned journalists from across Asia to Singapore for a three-month visit. It is the author of Unholy Trinity, Good Grief! Everything I Know About Love, Life & Loss I Wish Somebody Had Told Me Sooner and the editor of When Love Hurts.
Quek Hong Shin has illustrated several picture books including The Amazing Sarong, Lolly's Secret and the Ahoy, Navy! series for the Republic of Singapore Navy's fiftieth anniversary. The Amazing Sarong—the first book he wrote and illustrated—was shortlisted for Best Children's Title at the 2016 Singapore Book Awards, and the 2018 Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award. Hong Shin conducts workshops for primary-school children and is an advocate for Superhero Me, an inclusive arts movement for children with special needs.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 36
Year Published: 2018
Size: 250mm x 250mm