An iconic Singapore landmark we often pass yet pay little notice to is the Singapore River. Did you know it used to be a different colour and had a different smell? Did you know that about its secret island? Which part of the Singapore River was called “Belly of the Carp”? What was in the sacks of goods being transported?
Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River
World Scientific Education’s latest book Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River is dedicated to this iconic landmark and is filled with stories of the river’s history, details of the people depending on the river for their livelihoods and the unique bumboats with eyes.
This delightful read, presented in comic form, can be enjoyed by families looking to enrich their children’s lives with forgotten tales.
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TIME TRAVEL, SINGAPORE! OUR SINGAPORE RIVER
Grandpa & Grandson Travel Back in Time at the Singapore River
Aloysius and his grandpa head out to the Singapore River and are whisked back in time to a world of bumboats, boatmen, coolies and godowns.
Grandpa was a former boatmen and tells Aloysius about the tough life navigating the river, steering the bumboat, loading and unloading cargo. Aloysius learns about Singapore’s early days as a port settlement as well as the legends surrounding the Singapore River.
Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River Review
One will be drawn into this graphic novel with a riveting read about the Singapore River. Follow Aloysius and his grandpa into a world where most of us would never have ventured to.
Fourteen fascinating chapters await young readers in Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River, each of which surrounds a different aspect of Singapore River.
Together, author Tina Sim and illustrator Alan Bay offer much insight into the “river that gave Singapore life”. Because of its unique geographical advantage and ideal features, Singapore has made its mark on the maps of explorers and traders since the 13th century.
Uncovering New Facts about the Singapore River
I loved how 700 years of history is captured in digestible forms for the little ones in Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River. The book is beautifully illustrated and the visuals provide space for young readers to simply soak it in.
There were facts I learnt about Singapore-made bumboats and the differences between the green and red eyes painted on them.
Stories of Badang and the Orang Laut as well as accounts by boatmen painted a vivid picture of the past.
Even though I have traversed Singapore River so many times, I never knew the details of the trading activities, how the bumboats were steered, how Boat Quay was once known as the “Belly of the Carp”, why there were pythons in godowns and other lesser known tales, all found within Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River.
I’m glad this book will educate and enrich the younger generations using well-researched facts and stories of people, places, food, culture and transport.
Where the River Always Flows
Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River provides an insight to the lives of our forefathers and will hopefully help its readers to be more appreciative of our country’s development. It is not just a book for kids but will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in Singapore’s history.
With its vivid descriptions of the people, sounds, smells, sights, Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River highlights the grit and tenacity of our fore-bearers and the rich past of the Singapore River.
Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River can be purchased on Lazada Singapore here. The book is currently priced at $13.68 as there is a 15% discount off the usual price of $16.09 till 20 March 2023.
You can also visit the World Scientific Education bookstore on Lazada Singapore here.
Teachers who wish to get Time Travel, Singapore! Our Singapore River for their school or class libraries can contact email@example.com for bulk rates.
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