Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di: The Lion Dance (book 5)
Illustrated by Soefara Jafney
Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di are three siblings who love doing things together. Today is extra-special because they are going to see a lion dance. Doong doong chang went the lion dance band. Doong doong chang went the lion dance gong.
Doong doong chang!
But where is the lion? Is he still at the zoo? Or stuck backstage? When the siblings open the curtain to find the lion, they are surprised to see a lion costume. They decide to put on the costume and start performing for everyone. And no one is more surprised than their parents to see that the lion dancers were none other than Sam, Sebbie, and Di-Di-Di.
“In this latest edition of David Seow's picturebook series for young children, four siblings head off to watch a lion dance and sneak into a costume of their own. For parents who love to make sound effects while reading to children.”
—Akshita Nanda, The Sunday Times
“This title is a simple yet lovely tale with captivating illustrations. I enjoyed thumbing through the pages and pouring over the traditional Chinese elements - cranes, lanterns and even the 'Bruce Lee' lookalike outfit donned on by Sebbie!”
—Alicia Tan, Beanie N Us!
“The rhyming verses and the details of the music that accompanies the lion dance make for a noisy, but enjoyable bedtime read. The book’s appeal is in the detailed illustrations: The traditional Nyonya teapot and wedding basket (“bakul sia”) on the kitchen shelf, the peach blossom branch decoration (that is used to decorate Singaporean homes at this time of year), the Chinese drum held by one of the children, the variety of lanterns in the market place and the traditional Chinese costumes worn by the parents, the red curtains with the “lucky” embroidered phoenix and fish symbols and the drummers with synchronised raised arms are a realistic depiction of Singapore during Chinese New Year. My favourite illustration has to be the lion costume itself which looks as fluffy and soft as it does in real life.”
—Nicola, Wugs and Dooey
About the Author:
David Seow is a well-known children’s book writer and a staple on the Singapore literary scene. He is an award-nominated children’s book author of over 20 well-received children’s books, including The Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di Series (12 books), which feature his young niece and nephews as the main characters. Other titles include Alexander’s Adventure Machine and The Littlest Emperor. His latest books are There’s Soup on My Fly!, Blow A Kiss, If I Were a Blue Kangaroo and Emma’s Elephant.
About the Illustrator:
Soefara Jafney is a freelance illustrator and art director who has mainly worked in advertising. The Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di series of books are her first children’s books.
Size: 210 x 260mm
Published: September 2014
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