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There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Publisher: Epigram Books
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  • ūüéĀRecommended for ages 3 and above

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    There was a Peranakan woman who lived in a shoe. 
    She made so many nyonya kueh, she didn’t know what to do.

    In this book of modernised nursery rhymes, original rhymes are recreated with local flavour and humour.

    Traditional food, local places and festivals are the essence of the rhymes! This is a book that resonates with our time, country and culture, and will surely last for generations to come.

  • "A¬†hilarious collection of traditional nursery rhymes whose words have been altered to reflect a Singaporean context‚ĶThrough the illustrations and the text the book cleverly reflects Singapore‚Äôs different ethnic identities (Chinese, Malay and Indian) and the festivities that are generally associated with them.‚ÄĚ

    ‚ÄĒNicola,¬†Wugs and Dooey

    ‚ÄúIllustrated by Cheryl Kook, the sing-a-long songs encapsulate life on our sunny island, from hawker food to traditional festivals, making this a fun way to teach little ones about their heritage.‚ÄĚ
    ‚ÄĒKatherine Arteche,¬†Time Out Singapore

  • Trained as an architect in the UK,¬†Gwen Lee¬†is one of the few interdisciplinary writers straddling the fields of architecture and literature. Her first children‚Äôs book was¬†Little Cloud Wants Snow!¬†She also wrote two nursery rhyme collections told with a Singaporean flavour‚ÄĒThere Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, published in 2014, followed by¬†Jack and Jill at Bukit Timah Hill¬†a year later. Gwen is a recipient of the National Arts Council's inaugural Arts Creation Fund and the winner of its Beyond Words Young and Younger initiative. She lives in New York, USA with her husband and daughter.

    Cheryl Kook is an illustrator/visual development artist based in California. She pursued an education in Animation at Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore and continued on to major in Illustration at Laguna College of Art + Design, California. Various experience working on several game and visual projects inspired her to combine her animation background and her passion for illustration into a style of her own. Examples of her work can be found at: or

ISBN: 9789810778675
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 32
Year Published: 2014
Size: 260mm x 210mm (P)