This is a hilarious tale of an unhappy snake who wishes that it had feet like other creatures do. The story describes in rhyme what other creatures can do with their two, four and eight legs. If having feet is not possible, then the miserable snake would even settle for a fish’s fins. Fortunately the snake eventually realizes that he doesn’t need feet to have fun. Filled with beautiful, colourful pictures, Snake Rattle & Roll will make any child squeal with delight!
How to Win a Nobel Prize
Stay-at-home mum S Mahadevan Flint reckons stay-at-home mums are a force to be reckoned with – and she’s got a point. In a world where important issues – climate change, poverty and world peace, for example – are too difficult for so-called world leaders to tackle, who is going to take the lead? Mothers, according to the author.
This is not exactly a guide to winning the Nobel prize, instead a call-to-arms for consumers (it’s actually more gender-neutral than the title suggests) to be aware of the results of their consumption. If the First World demands the Fair Trade produce, then the trade practices that keep the Third World poor will no longer have any traction, for example, and it is we as consumers who create the demand.
Everything we do as consumers has an effect, even buying Expat – though before you embark on a letter-writing campaign you should know Expat is printed on paper from sustainable forests which is bleached using a non-acid process, using soy-based ink and no solvents.
The text of How to Win a Nobel Prize is nowhere as preachy as it could be – the author has a wry sense of humour and writes engagingly, though George W Bush is mentioned (in less-than-glowing terms, of course) several times too many.
If you are concerned about the big issues of the day and want to do something about them, then How to Win a Nobel Prize is a worthwhile read. Who knows, you may end up in Sweden and accepting an award!
Living - October 2007 issue
Sasha visits the Museum
A kid’s book without bespectacled wand-wielding wizards? Yes, it is possible. Sasha Visits the Museum is the latest in the series of children’s book by Shamini Flint. It follows Sasha’s adventure as she visits four museums – the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum. It’s available in all of the museum’s shop and bookstores – as opposed to “bad” one, but you wouldn’t go to those anyway. For more info visit www.sunbearpublishing.com. We look forward to the next instalment – Sasha Tries To Catch A Taxi In The CBD at Peak Hour… in the Rain.
Living - March 2006 issue
"Partners in Crime - A Singapore
S Mahadevan Flint is another first-time author with a story
featuring a cast of characters in Singapore's expat community,
though in this instance the tale is a murder mystery.'
Annie, a junior partner in the Singapore
office of an international law firm, is called to the office
of a senior partner for a late meeting, but when she gets
there she finds he's been murdered.'
In the course of the ensuing investigation
we find that almost all her workmates have dark secrets that
could be construed as motive for murder, and there's the
senior partner's ex-wife in the picture too.'
There's enough red herrings in the story
that you are highly unlikely to figure out who-dunnit - surely
a sign of a well-crafted murder mystery. Aside from a few
minor typesetting issues, Partners in Crime is a thoroughly
professional effort that not only had me wondering who the
murderer might be, but also whether we might be looking at
a new murder-mystery franchise. - TONY WATTS"
from Expat Living - September
"SASHA in Singapore series
All small children in Singapore will love joining young Sasha as she explores
favourite haunts around the island - the Botanic Gardens, the Bird Park,
the zoo and more. The scenes are familiar and the author helpfully identifies
some of the common flora and fauna, so in reading the books with your child,
you'll both learn what to look out for. The scene of the polar bear in Sasha
at the zoo will be particularly familiar and endearing for parents
who have spent time here with small children."
from Expat Living -
October 2004 issue
Sunbear Publishing Illustrated by Alpana
Available at all good bookstores
Two new titles from children's publisher Sunbear, Sasha visits
the Zoo and Sasha visits the Botanic Gardens are lovely stories
for children who are enjoying living in and exploring Singapore.
Watercolour illustrations feature Sasha, a young Eurasian
girl, in familiar scenes that will both remind readers of
their adventures and point out new things of interest to
look for on a future visit. Designed for ages 2-5, these
titles are the perfect souvenir for a child who visits your
family here, or to keep as a memento of your own expatriate
stay. Part of the proceeds of sales of Sasha visits the Zoo
is donated to the Singapore Zoological Gardens."
"A T-Rex Ate My Homework"
Written by Shamini Mahadevan Flint & Illustrated by Sally Heinrich
Sunbear Publishing Pte Ltd
A perfect story for kids who really adore dinosaurs… read about Spencer’s obsession with the dinosaurs and how he blames everything single thing on the T-Rex!
from Motherhood -
January 2006 issue
Written by Shamini Mahadevan Flint & Illustrated by Mariann Johansen-Ellis
Sunbear Publishing Pte Ltd
is a heart-warming tale of a young tiger, Hari, who learns
the laws of the jungle with the help of his family."
from Motherhood -
April 2005 issue
Third in the Sasha in Singapore series,
Sasha gets to ride on a carousel while out shopping with
Mother. Every page is accompanied by an illustration, making
it more understandable for young beginners. Children are
also asked to spot items hidden in the pictures, promising
a fun read for them.
The fourth book, Sasha Visits Sentosa
Island shows the little girl having a good time
patting dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon in Sentosa."
from Motherhood - October
Visits The Botanic Gardens"
illustrated by Alpana
Follow Sasha and discover the natural
world through her eyes as the curious girl goes about a
tour of Botanic Gardens. A woodpecker, yellow oriole, mynah
bird and kingfisher are some of the birds not commonly
seen that enlivens her trip.
Instead of cutesy pictures, young readers
will be introduced to watercolour art that gives a different
feel to the all-too familiar place that is the Botanic
Gardens. Also available is the second book, Sasha Visits
heart-warming tale of a young tiger learning the ways of
the jungle, who dyes himself blue to stand out from the other
tigers, and then discovers that he can't hunt as he's lost
his camouflage. The young cub finally learns his lesson and
there's a happy ending - after much washing in the river.
The book is illustrated by Singapore-based artist Mariann
from Simply Her - August
ice-breakers and backgrounding gifts for people you meet
This book not only looks good, and reads well but it is also a nice spring board to introduce environmental consciousness to preschoolers.
Follow Penyu the leatherback turtle as she goes from baby turtle to laying her own eggs as she travels across the rainbow coloured landscape Shamini Flint paints with her catchy text. Penyu has to brave challenges in the form of sharks and other “monsters of the ocean deep”, but she eventually finds her way to the safe harbour where she can “clamber the golden sand” and lay her precious eggs.
Beautifully illustrated by Mariann Johansen-Ellis, this book is a journey for the imagination and a helpful reminder that environmental awareness is something we can nurture even in young children.
Child - October 2007 issue
Sasha Visits The Museum
This book is the writer’s latest addition to the ‘Sasha in Singapore’ series, in conjunction with the National Heritage Board (NHB). It is part of NHB’s board-wide effort to make Singapore’s Museums more friendly and accessible to families with young children.
The writer shares the exciting and eye-opening adventure of Sasha, her young daughter, who visits four museums in Singapore, namely the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Philatelic Museum.
Equally enchanting for your little one will be 10 vivid illustrations painted in rich watercolour, with real photographs of NHB museum exhibits and artworks seamlessly integrated into some of them.
After reading the book with him, you may want to take him to the museums to relive Sasha’s experience for himself.
Child - March 2005 issue
goes SHOPPING / SASHA visits SENTOSA ISLAND
Two new titles about Sasha, as she discovers more about life
in Singapore. The everyday - shopping, eating lunch, taxi
rides - as well as the special outings to Sentosa's beaches,
nature walks, aquarium and butterfly park are featured in
Strong visuals and simple text make these
books, as well as the first two in the series (Sasha in the
Botanic Gardens and Sasha Goes to the Zoo), a great addition
to your preschooler's library.
The beauty of having picture books set
in Singapore is the familiarity of the places and items featured.
There is so much for the young child to relate to, and you
will have many more opportunities for discussion than similarly
themed books set in different cultures. Great value for money
as well, as they are in hardback and printed on thick paper."
Child - October 2004 issue
the Zoo & Sasha Visits
The Botanic Gardens
These two richly illustrated hardback books are the first
two in the series "Sasha in Singapore". With their
local context, these books are an ideal addition to your
It is so rare to find locally produced
books of this quality, and they are just right for reflecting
what children are fascinated by when taken to the zoo or
the botanic gardens. The tropical plants and the birds in
the botanic gardens, and the animals in the zoo are strongly
featured in the story, and the reader is encouraged to spot
them on the page.
Toddlers will identify with what Sasha
sees and does on her visits and there are plenty of opportunities
for further discussion, as you recall your own visits or
prepare to go again. Watch out for two more titles due to
be published later this year."
Author Shamini Flint used to be a corporate lawyer, but based on this sharply observed thriller, you would think she did times in the criminal courts.
Battle-weary Inspector Singh of the Singapore Police Force is sent to Kuala Lumpur to provide assistance to a Singaporean ex-model who has allegedly murdered her rich Malaysian ex-husband, after their high-profile custody battle turns sour.
Flint's astute observations about the politics, justice and even environment conservation make a page-turner that is also a thought-provoking read.
from Straits Times - 11th October 2007, Life Style
Sasha Goes Shopping and Sasha Visits Sentosa Island, Shamini
Mahadevan Flint, $15 each, Sunbear Publishing
These are books that local children can surely relate to.
The short and sweet stories of a little girl's expeditions
throughout Singapore with her mum, with realistically painted
illustrations of familiar landmarks, will make any child
who identifies with them squeal with joy at story-telling
time! What we like: the simple sentences, easy for budding
readers to understand, and little questions at the end of
a page to further involve children in the story that they
are reading and help develop their observation skills."
tiger called Hari turns himself blue with dye! This is the
latest book from Shamini, an ex-lawyer, who localises stories
for children in Southeast Asia. Here, she lovingly tells
the story in rhyming poetry. Part of the proceeds from the
book's sales will be donated to the World Wide Fund for Nature
to help save the 4,500 tigers left in the wild. For ages
three and up."
from youngparents - September
BOOKED UP * Shamini Mahadevan Flint, 35, a mother of two
young children, used to work as a Barrister-at-Law. She gave
up the legal scene and started her own in-house publishing
company after giving birth to her daughter, Sasha, now three.
She says: 'I had been determined all along
not to give up work, but when my maternity leave was up,
it was clear to me that my glib plans to get a caregiver
was not an option. Despite very much enjoying the challenges
of legal practice, it was impossible to reconcile the demands
of the job that involved long hours and a lot of stress with
having a baby at home!'
As she settled into her tasks at home, Shamini
found that self-motivation and time management is crucial
in building a business from home. 'I set up Sunbear Publishing
to fill a niche in the Southeast Asian book market...'"
from youngparents -
April 2005 issue
GOES SHOPPING / SASHA VISITS SENTOSA ISLAND
BY SHAMINI, SUNBEAR
This series of books explores interesting
features in Singapore.
In Shopping, Sasha finds out that
with more than 150 malls on the island, shopping is certainly
a great pastime here; and in Sentosa she checks
out the cable car and monorail, and meets a dolphin."
from youngparents - October
Tired of escaping into the forest with Snow White or up the
bean stalk with Jack? Surprise your child with familiar scenes
close to home with Sunbear Publishing's two titles - Sasha
Visits the Zoo and Sasha Visits the Botanic Gardens.
The local publishing house, run by a mother,
is putting out the high quality hardcovers with fully illustrated
pages. Both books are designed for children aged two to five,
who can point out where the flora and fauna are in the illustrations.
Retails at $15 per copy (without GST), at all good bookstores."
Speech by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister of Information, Commmunication and the Arts at the Singapore Literature Prize 2010 awards ceremony, 10 December 2010
Encouraging a Global Outlook
Beyond the local market, publishers and writers should explore opportunities in the expanding markets in China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Local writers, such as Shamini Flint and James Lee, have gone on to gain recognition and popularity beyond our shores. The anxiety that local
content will limit writers to the local market is understandable but unfounded. Works with localised details that bring forth universal themes do
retain their appeal in the fiercely competitive global market.
from Aussie Reviews, reviewed by Claire Saxby, September 2010
Children's Book Review: Diary of a Soccer Star
Diary of a Soccer Star introduces the reader to a nerdy boy who is convinced that he's an absolute loss when it comes to playing soccer. His first game was a disaster and he's convinced things will not improve. His father has written a motivational book and is a walking motivator with a slogan to address any negativity. He encourages his son to continue to train at soccer despite Marcus' reservations. Marcus sees himself as good at maths and bad at soccer. And he thinks that cannot change.
from New Straits Times, by Umapagan Ampikaipakan, 7 July 2010
Well Lit: Singh in Sing Sing
The dishevelled, disordered, and discordant Inspector Singh is back and better than ever!
Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villainy (fiction) by Shamini Flint 306 pages Piatkus READING Shamini Flint's Inspector Singh novels usually finds one developing an involuntary carpal twitch. Your palms begin to sweat. Your wrists begin to spasm. To tic. You feel your fingers flipping those pages forward, peeping, peeking. Cheating.
Because that is what every good murder mystery should inspire. Impatience.
from The Australian, by Susan Kurosawa, 29 May 2010
A Little Flight Reading
SINGAPORE'S Inspector Singh is everything Hercule Poirot is not. He's dishevelled, overweight and sweaty, his clothing frequently spotted with the curry stains of Mrs Singh's excellent cooking. But like Agatha Christie's Poirot, and her village snoop Miss Marple, Singh has an instinct for solving crimes that would otherwise foil the local constabulary.
Just months ago, I'd reviewed Inspector Singh Investigates, set in Malaysia. And so when this one, Inspector Singh Investigates in Bali landed up, I snorted, "God how predictable.Is he a cop or travel agent?" Mentally, I continued to fulminate, "Jeez, the author Shamini Flint really has it made. Go on a holiday and milk it for a yarn." So the truth is I started the book in a sarcastic frame of mind, ready to hop on top of Inspector Singh and wallop him with a blunt instrument. Two or three engrossing hours later with Inspector Singh in Bali, and he had won me over again.
from The Standard HK, by Nury Vittachi, 23 March 2010
An Inspector Singh calls again and again in brains of authors
This is a really weird story, but true. Somewhere in the land of fictional characters, there's a Sikh working for the police force. He's a traditionalist, with a beard, turban and pot belly. He likes to present an image of being obsessed with his own carnal needs, but underneath all that, he is actually a first-class detective.
Not for him, all those flashy CSI microscopes. No, a good curry is all he needs to power his investigations.
from Urbanatomy, Shanghai, by JFK Miller, 23 February 2010
Why I Write: Shamini Flint
In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay entitled Why I Write detailing the forces which compelled him to put pen to paper. In this, our continuing Web series, we talk to authors about their literary habits and reading preferences, and examine Orwell's question which lies at the heart of being an author - why they write
from Deccan Herald, by Tarun Cherian, January 2010
Inspector Singh sure has zing
A classic whodunnit, with an endearing detective, an exotic setting, plots within plots, reasons for murder galore, transnational tensions, parochialism, a breathtakingly pretty suspect, and a wonderful Asian mix of characters. You have a cast full of evil doers - crooked cops, hit men, jilted lovers, corporate raiders, activists. You have a great spread of motives: sex, love, revenge, money, custody issues, control of great estates, dark secrets, rainforest rights.