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There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Publisher: Epigram Books

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“Illustrated 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.”
—Katherine Arteche, Time Out Singapore

🎁Recommended for ages 3 and above

Gwen Lee

Illustrated by Cheryl Kook

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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…Through the illustrations and the text the book cleverly reflects Singapore’s different ethnic identities (Chinese, Malay and Indian) and the festivities that are generally associated with them.”

—NicolaWugs and Dooey

About the Author
Gwen Lee is the author of City of Waves: Vivo City and the Editor-at-Large of Singapore Architect, the professional journal of the Singapore Institute of Architects. Trained as an architect in the UK, she is one of the few interdisciplinary writers straddling the fields of architecture and literature. 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; her first children’s book was Little Cloud Wants Snow!. She lives in New York, USA with her husband and daughter.

About the Illustrator
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
Format: Paperback
Size: 210 x 260mm
Pages: 32pp
Published: July 2014

ISBN: 9789810778675