[Book Review Compilation] Pansing Books #definitelybooks

If there’s one thing worthy of investing in, it’s books. A child that reads widely, goes far. As a child, I picked up my love for reading from a carton box of Enid Blyton books my cousin outgrew. There, I was invited to the imaginary world where gnomes and fairies played in tiny homes in the woods. I moved on to stalk Jessica and Elizabeth through Sweet Valley High until they grew up and attended Sweet Valley University earlier than I did.

My children are fortunate to be recipients of books from Pansing Distribution/Definitely Books. This is a compilation of a selection of books I’ve received from them so far. All the following books can be found in good bookstores in Singapore.

List of Stockists (non-exhaustive):

Conservation

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๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ Somebody Swallowed Stanley follows a plastic bag on its treacherous journey in the sea, where it gets swallowed by not just one animal, but many. Stanley is chewed on, mistaken for jellyfish and nibbled on. Stanley eventually has a happy ending as he finds another purpose. โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ By personifying the plastic bag and illustrating its journey in the sea, it makes readers realise how ocean animals suffer with plastic pollution in water bodies. Stanley knows the animals are in discomfort, but he can't move away! โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ The story ends on a happy note, but the ending is not practical to implement for all plastic bags. However, the main message that plastic doesn't belong in the sea is delivered succinctly โฃโฃโฃwith the help of illustrations by Hannah Peck.โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ The author Sarah Roberts is an animal behaviourist and wildlife expert. โฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ This book can be found at all good bookstores. โฃ โฃ #bookreview #review #pansing #books #plasticpollution #bookishplay #oceancleanup #marineanimals #seapollution

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๐Œ๐ฒ ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž ๐—ช๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐กโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ I'm the moderator of a zero waste parenting group and I often feel ashamed as I have much more to work on.โฃ โฃ What I like about this book was that it cleverly weaves ten green tips into the day of a little girl. All ten are easy to follow. In fact, one of them aligns with Asian parenting values of finishing up all the food on our plate to avoid food waste. โฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ Each tip is presented in a short sentence of five words or less, making it highly suitable for children who have just learnt how to read. In a smaller font size, short facts related to the tip let the adult understand and answer the child's accompanying questions ("Why must we finish our food? Why should we use a recyclable bag? Why should we use old materials?"). โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ There was no preaching or guilt-tripping the reader with photos of trapped sea animals or landfills, which people are aware of but don't want to face. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ The fanciest part of the book is its illustrations – the pages and cover are printed on 100% recycled paper and are matte with no lamination. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ My Green Day is available at all good bookstores and distributed by Pansing Books. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ

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๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช: ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐ŸŒโฃโฃ โฃโฃ One skyโฃโฃ One sunโฃโฃ One moonโฃโฃ One worldโฃโฃ โฃโฃ This classic book was first published in 1990 and is now in its 30th year. What makes this book so alluring are the watercolour illustrations that take up most of the page, with short lines filling up the rest. Another book that's easy to read to kids! โฃโฃ โฃโฃ A little girl and her brother decide to build their own world with shells, fishes and plants from the beach and ocean, until it became devoid of life and covered with a large oil patch. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ Plastic pollution, deforestation, overfishing, extraction, the over-reliance of fossil fuels and how all these affect the world is highlighted through Michael's descriptive storytelling. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ The words are kept simple for its message to get through to even the youngest of readers – time is running out. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ 30 years on, the situation has only worsened. It takes a pandemic like COVID-19 that shuts down most of the world for people to realise that there can be clear, blue skies with clean air, that even heavily polluted waters like River Ganga can be cleaned up. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ One World is a beautiful way to introduce the consequences of our actions on the world to our children. โฃโฃ โฃโฃ It's available at all good bookstores. Online: @goguruofficial @kinokuniya_singapore and moreโฃ โฃโฃ #pansing #definitelybooks #bibimbubsbookreview #bookreview #booksforkids #pollution #conservation #michaelforeman #illustrations

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๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป ๐——๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿ‘งโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ Kids Fight Plastic: How to be a #2minutesuperhero is a book of 50 missions for children to attempt to reduce the use of plastic at home, in school and outside. โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ The mindless use of โฃsingle-use plastic disposables has contributed to the sorry state of the earth today. Our beaches are full of discarded plastic. Some are impossible to clean as they have broken down into microplastics which is then poisoning and killing marine life, which we are eating. We all have plastic in our systems now, believe it or not. โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ You do not have to be a tree-hugger or vegan to make small changes, and this book breaks down the big bits into simple 2-minute missions that are well illustrated and can be easily understood by primary school children. โฃ โฃโฃ This guide is more than just an instructional booklet. It's full of facts related to plastic waste like what happens to it after we dump it, ways to organise a party with no plastic and how to shop plastic free.โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ Author Martin Dorey is an anti-plastic campaigner and founder of the Beach Clean Network.โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ Kids Fight Plastic is available at all good bookstores!โฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ #2minutesuperhero #kidsfightplastic #plasticpollution #bookreview #sponsored #pansing #definitelybooks #beachcleanup

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Values

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๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ! ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—”๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐—”๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜‡๐Ÿ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ This book tells the story of how five elephants and five mice attempt to get to the newly discovered fruit tree with the MOST delicious looking exotic fruit. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ The five elephants ๐Ÿ˜ try their own methods to retrieve the fruit, each failing miserably. Meanwhile, the five mice work together concurrently to reach it. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ After witnessing the power of unity, the elephants put down their selfishness and work together. The storyline is simple but the story is beautifully illustrated and there are plenty of hilarious scenes. The tone is light and this is a book I don't mind reading repeatedly because the prose on each page is short and it's fun to animate each character.โฃ The five mice are like Easter eggs that can be spotted on each page, working together even when the elephants aren't.โฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฃ:โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ ๐ŸŽ Alliteration: "Elephant One munched on mangoes. Elephant Two craved coconuts"โฃ โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿคฉ Onomatopoeia: Lots of sound words over here! โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃ ๐Ÿ‰ Emphasis: Words that require emphasis are in capital letters. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ ๐Ÿค” How it is not always possible to work alone and some tasks require people to cooperate to achieve goals. โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ That Fruit is Mine! is available at all good bookstores! โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃ #pansing #walkerbooks #kidslit #sponsored #kidsliterature #kidsbooks #kidbookstagram #์• ๊ธฐ์ฑ… #์—„๋งˆ์Šคํƒ€๊ทธ๋žจโฃ #sgmum #sgmom

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๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ One of the ways to tell if a book is loved by kids – it's not in perfect, pristine condition. Due to the constant usage, there are tiny dog ears on the cover. ๐Ÿ™ The Tiptoeing Tiger is their current favourite. Why does the tiger have to tiptoe? He is on a mission to find someone to scare. Will he succeed in his mission? Emmett loves to roar, and he found a common ground when the tiger in the book kept roaring at the animals. To illustrate movement, the tiger is drawn multiple times in a scene. I found it interesting as to how the children never questioned why there was more than one tiger on the page. ๐Ÿ… As simple as this book is, there is actually a deeper meaning as to how the small tiger wants to prove himself to other animals in the jungle and how he comes to terms with it. Similar to how young children want to make themselves heard by others, this book is a reminder for me to listen to their concerns. Tip: A simple yet fun way to get kids to be quiet is to make them tiptoe. Hahaha. This book is available at all leading bookstores and courtesy of Pansing. #pansing #thetiptoeingtiger #kidlit #childrensbooks #readingforkids #booksforchildren #sg52baby #sgparents #sgmummies

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Review: Wen’s Whitebait Powder

About

Though newly set up in March 2018, Su Wen, the founder ofย Wen’s Whitebait Powder, is no stranger to the industry. Her family has been importing seafood from their family-owned fisheries into Singapore since the 1960s.ย Wen’s Whitebait Powderย is a combination of her experience dealing with fisheries and the aim to provide a healthy and convenient fish supplement for busy parents.ย 

Wen’s Whitebait Powderย specialises in whitebait powder, which is ground whitebait that can used to supplement our daily nutritional requirements. Its newly launched product is the Crunchy Whitebait, a healthy snack that’s baked and unsalted.ย 

Quick Facts

  • Wen’sย is the only food powder company that has control over its source as it harvests whitebait fromย Wen’sย family-owned fisheries in Senayang, Riau Islands in Indonesia
  • Only one ingredient – whitebait. Asย Wen’sย has no added seasoning or preservatives, it can be safely added into food for babies 6 months and up
  • Whitebait isย notย ikan bilis – whitebait is fish fry that can be eaten whole (Wen’sย uses herring) and ikan bilis are anchovies which must be gutted before consumption
  • Wen’sย is processed and packed at its SFA-certified food factoryย 
  • “Fresh” whitebait sold in the local wet markets with a whitish appearance actually contain a lot of sodium due to the preservation process of salting, drying and freezing. Atย Wen’s, salting and de-salting is done within hours to maintain maximum freshness.
  • Fresh guarantee – made fresh with whitebait imported weekly

Process

Wen’s has documented the journey from fishery-to-fork in a video for everyone to have a clearer understanding of what a pack of whitebait powder exactly contains. There is only one ingredient listed on the packaging – whitebait.ย 

Harvesting, salting & drying
– Catch is harvested from a kelong in the open watersย 
– Catch is cooked in salted water for 3 minutes and left to dry. Small fishes must be salted to maintain freshness.ย 
– Fishes are sent to nearby Senayang to be sun-dried for half a day
– Whitebait is carefully separated from the other fishes by hand
– Whitebait is desalted by rinsing several times with warm water and a secret technique
– Rinsed whitebait is sun-dried for a day

Further processing
– Exported into Singapore for further processing at its SFA-certified food factoryย 
– Whitebait is baked for a few minutesย 
– Ground, sieved and packed into tamper-proof packaging

Nutritional Value

The nutrition facts displayed byย Wen’s Whitebait Powderย have been tested and proven by a Singapore Accreditation Council approved laboratory.ย 

  • More DHA and essential minerals than formula milkย 
    Wen’s Whitebait Powderย has been tested to contain more DHA (2010mg vs 30mg/100g), calcium (1590mg vs 620mg/100g), magnesium (282mg vs 43mg/100g) and phosphorus (1400mg vs 390mg/100g) than X brand formula milk.
  • High in calcium
    Just one 2g serving fulfils 12% of the daily calcium requirements (260mg) of a 6-12 month old baby.ย ย 
  • Contains essential mineralsย 
    Potassiumย – keeps muscles working right, keeps heartbeat regular
    Phosphorus – filters waste, repairs tissue and cells
    Fun fact: Phosphorus from animal origins are more easily absorbed by the body than phosphorus from plant origins
    Magnesium keeps muscles, bones and nerves healthy
    Zinc – regulates immune system
  • Low in sodium
    In every 2g serving,ย Wen’s Whitebait Powderย has a negligible 0.007mg of sodium compared to a well-known ikan bilis seasoning powder sold commercially that contains a staggering 305mg of sodium!ย 
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Texture, taste and Smell

Wen’s Whitebait Powderย is marketed as a fish supplement especially suitable for babies older than six months old as well as pregnant women. It can be added to the meals of people who require soft diets to boost their calcium intake.

Appearance: Fine, sand-coloured powder
Taste: Not salty. No lingering after-taste. It may taste bland because adults have duller taste buds. Babies have extremely sensitive taste buds, therefore they do not require added salt, sugar or soy sauce in their meals.ย 
Smell: Light smell of the sea

Usage and Recommended Amount

Wen’s Whitebait Powder can be sprinkled on top of cooked food, mixed into soups or included into marinades. The simplest way is to add it to porridge or into fried rice.ย 

You can easily increase the nutritional content of the meals by adding a serving ofย Wen’s Whitebait Powder. There is a small wooden spoon provided for you to easily measure out one serving.ย 

The risk of over-consumption is low, as the limit is 80 grams (2g*40 scoops) of powder.

Commitment to Quality

Wen’sย is committed to providing the best quality, and it’s not purely a marketing phrase that’s thrown around.ย 

They sent out samples of a mushroom powder which received favourable feedback but they decided against launching the product, simply because they have decided to focus on improving on the quality of their fishery and improve control on the source.ย 

Where to Purchase

Wen’s Whitebait Powder can be purchased directly from their online store, baby fairs that they participate in and in-store retailers in Singapore

Disclaimer

This is a paid collaboration with Wen’s Whitebait Powder. As such, care and caution has been taken to provide only factual information.ย 

Yelly Mat – Interactive and Educational Talking Playmat

About

Yelly Mat from Korea is an educational playmat that is exclusively distributed in Singapore by thelittleonesinmylife. Designed and made in Korea, the Yelly Mat displays roughly 2,500 educational contents in six languages. The mat is reversible, with ABC design on one side and a World Map on the other.

Features

  • Sings and Talks…
    This is done by pressing the Magic Sound Pen, that’s designed in the shape of a duck in an egg, onto the printed areas of the mat.ย 

    Pressing onto the lion makes it roar and you get to hear a fact about lions. Pressing on the word makes the pen repeat the name thrice for kids to remember the names easily.

    The content was developed and supervised by top experts in Korea and native teachers who majored in pedagogy.

  • in six languages!
    English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Spanish! The content is recorded in these languages so even adults can learn new languages from the mat!

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๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„: ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜ I bought this mat in 2015 when Elise was born. It's winning feature is its educational component. There's a magic sound pen in the shape of a cute duck ๐Ÿฃ that serves like a reader pen. Tap on a word or picture and learn fun facts, sounds, songs or stories. It's double sided so you get twice the content! To add on, the contents on mat are recorded in six languages to help your kid learn Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Spanish in addition to English! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ It's comfy enough to nap on and large enough for them to rolllllllll around. It's a value for money product because of its versatility. @yellycozybebe_singapore is gonna be at Mummys Market 5th to 7th July at the Expo! Booth A03. #yellymat #tlocomsg #notsponsored #ipaidforit #sgkids #sgtoddlers #sgmums

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  • No embedded wires or electronic components
    The sounds come entirely from the Magic Sound Pen and there are no wires in the mat itself. The pen detects the bromide printing to emit sounds.ย 
  • Safe embossing
    Those marks that kids get when they sit on play mats for too long? Not with the Yelly. It uses quadrangular embossing instead of the typical dual-sharp embossing commonly found in cheaper mats.
  • No harmful materials or substances
    Made from SGS-approved materials that have passed stringent safety tests, the play mat is anti-vermin and does not contain harmful chemicals.
  • Soft cushioning + anti-glare
    The Yelly has soft cushioning and it’s comfortable enough to nap on! We’ve had it for almost four years and nothing has peeled off yet.

I bought the Yelly Mat from thelittleonesinmylife in 2015. They’re still selling it, with an updated World Map design. You can purchase it directly from thelittleonesinmylife or if you’d like to view it, they will be at Mummys Market, Booth A03 from 5 to 7 July 2019!ย