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Ubin Elephant

Publisher: Straits Times Press
  • Description
  • About the Author and Illustrator
  • Finalist at the 2022 Popular Readers' Choice Award

    Is there an elephant on Pulau Ubin? Everyone gets a fright when Ubin Elephant turns up, swiping some bananas here and gobbling some rambutans there.

    Where did it come from?

    Where is it hiding?

    And how will it find its way home?

    This delightful tale, written by Alan John and illustrated by Quek Hong Shin, was inspired by the true story of an elephant that appeared on Pulau Ubin in 1991 and caused great excitement among the island’s residents for about a week.

    Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this book will enthrall young readers with the question of how to get poor little Ubin Elephant (frightened and shedding a tear at one point!) safely home to his mama again.

    The book includes information about the real-life elephant appearance in 1991 and facts about elephants.

    Alan John and Quek Hong Shin’s previous collaboration, The One and Only Inuka, about the Singapore Zoo’s much-loved polar bear, won the POPULAR People’s Choice Award 2019 for the Best Children’s Book in English.

  • 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.

ISBN: 9789814827317
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 36
Year Published: 2018
Size: 250mm x 250mm