[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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#ohmymats

About

#ohmymatsย are reusable colouring and dining place mats for children and children at heart. The mats are manufactured from food grade premium platinum silicone in a factory in Korea and has been lab tested as safe according to EU toy safety standards. The drawings in the current launch are designed by a team of four people from various walks of life, including a teacher and a pair of siblings on the Autism spectrum. There are designs which cater to children’s interests like dinosaurs, fairies, animals, educational designs like one with life cyclesย and insects (designed by a former MOE Science teacher) and Christian-themed designs (God’s Promise, Noah’s Ark).

Audrey, the creator of #ohmymatsย , took five years to bring the project to life as she wanted to be involved in the entire process from idea conceptualisation to manufacturing to make sure that the product was safe and suitable for children. As such, she spent time sourcing for suppliers, eventually settling on a factory in Korea that she had a long working relationship with. She invested in professional software to transfer the drawings from paper into a digital medium to be suitable for printing. Terming it as a “personal give back project”, she intends to assist struggling or new artists, persons with special needs and and other disadvantaged members of the community.ย 

I saw a pre-order sale for #ohmymatsย  and purchased three mats with a set of markers. I bought Vroom Vroom, Dino Landย and Animal List, coincidentally all drawn by the same artist. The mats are packaged in clear plastic boxes and when I sniffed the mats, there was no odour. The mats come in two different sizes, small (38cm x 24cm) and large (48cm x 24cm).ย ย 

The mats are well made – the edges are rounded neatly with no jagged edges. You can roll the mat up like a wafer or fold it into quarters (cannot fold origami, sorry). When unfurled, there are no creases or fold marks.ย 

I tried scratching the black outline to see if the ink could be scratched off and no, it doesn’t come off even when I use my fingernail.

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Any dry erase marker can be used with #ohmymatsย  but you can purchase the mats with a set of 12 Java antimicrobial markers from Korea. The colours stay on until you want to start over again.ย 

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Baby shark doo doo doo doo #ohmymats @ohmymats_sg

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The colours can be wiped off with wet wipes. I wet a piece of tissue for this video so there’re some black specks at the end. I was pleased at how the colours came off easily without staining the mat.ย 

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Cleans off easily too! @ohmymats_sg #ohmymats

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Time to put the mats to the test! The kids are in this Dino craze where they are enthralled by the ancient creatures. They play with the dinosaur figurines and flip through their Dinosaur encyclopedias (used to be mine, decades ago) every single day. Elise even learnt the word “prehistoric” from a Blippi song about dinosaurs. The mats have accompanying names and we happen to have a number of matching dinosaur figurines. She sat down and started colouring the dinosaurs, even remembering to cap the markers after she was done.ย 

Ta-da! Her creation. She chose the colours to use without any prompting from us. My husband wanted to clean up the colouring so it would be within the lines, but I think it’s neat enough for a 3 year old and it’s important that we recognise their achievements and not diminish their confidence by expecting them to meet our standards of colouring within the lines too early.ย 

The mats can be reused over and over and packed into bags for some quiet time during meals or flights. Many parents dread plane flights. It makes the non-religious pray (to whom?!) that their kids will not make a ruckus and get tsk-tsked by irritated passengers who are unable to escape from the plane. Out come the tablets and phones. “Shush, watch your Frozen”. OhMyMats were created to reduce reliance on gadgets and direct kids to a more wholesome and simpler activity.ย 

Since #ohmymatsย  can be used as dining placemats, your kids can colour while having their meals and everything can be popped into the dishwasher to be cleaned. It’s definitely worth buying since it can be easily washed off when stained with food.

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*** I made a special request for my order to be sent to me earlier for the purpose of this review. The actual stock will arrive in Mid November 2018. All the products were purchased during the pre-order sale and I did not receive any compensation for this review.

Nuts & Bolts

About

Nuts & Bolts is a quaint little standalone shop in Balestier Road specialising in open ended toys sourced from all over the world.

Open ended toys are toys which can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the child’s creativity and imagination. For example, a curved wooden board can be a rocker or flipped over to become a tunnel. It can be propped up against a sofa and used as a slide. Open ended toys are kept simple and as natural looking as possible.

The owner of Nuts & Bolts is Wei Xuan, a lovely homeschooling mama of two. Her children are her main priority and the opening hours of the store actually revolves around their schedule. As such, the store is not open daily but about twice a week. To maintain a comfortable experience for visitors, the store runs on an appointment-only basis.

Her children came up with the name Nuts and Bolts, as they used this term instead of “pins and needles”. Both children helped to set up the store by painting signs, fixing shelves, cleaning up… the entire store is a product of love by their family.

We had the pleasure of visiting the store twice and it was such fun for the children! The store has large glass windows to let natural sunlight shine through. The store itself is not large by any account, but it is well-designed and doesn’t feel claustrophobic. There are various corners where children can play at indoors.ย Behind the store is a grassy slope where children can run up and down and outside the store are climbing frames, large hollow blocks and a sand corner. These activities will be changed from time to time.

The first time we went there, the kids got to paint on seashells and spray coloured water on a piece of paper using a spray bottle while they painted on a mirror the next visit.ย 

Most of the products which are on sale are available for children to test out. Although there is no obligation to purchase, it is close to impossible to leave empty handed. The products are decently priced, taking into consideration the overheads required to maintain such a place. Play objects which promote gross motor skills such as the Wobbel board, Confidence Triangle, Large Hollow Blocks and the Step-up-step-down Rocking Boatย can be placed in the home in place of electronic toys.ย 

A multitude of smaller toys promoting sensory development and creativity line the walls of the store. There are treasure blocks, which are wooden hollow blocks with acrylic centres that can be filled with anything from beads to feathers and buttons. Baby percussion instruments, mirrors, light pads with colourful acrylic paddles and geometric shapes… there are simply too many to list.ย 

Mirrors are an integral part of the Reggio Emilia approach because it adds depth and structure to a child’s learning when he is able to see the object from all angles. The mirrors sold are child safe and do not contain glass.

Wei Xuan mentioned that she likes observing how each child uses the play objects and behaves. Some are confident, some are shy, some need help while others don’t.

The children couldn’t keep themselves away from the sand area. Didi loved it so much, he put it in his mouth. Pro-tip: bring a bottle of powder if you’re intending to let your children play with sand so you can dust the sand off easily. There are no washrooms in the store so it may be wise to bring some water for washing hands too.ย 

It is a unique concept where children are allowed and encouraged to do what they want with the toys. There is no stress unlike in some stores where you feel like the salesperson is trailing you and guilt-tripping you into buying the products.

Over at Nuts & Bolts, it feels more like a playdate at a friend’s house. That said, it is still a store so please don’t bring your children there to play for hours without at least making a purchase to show your support!


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*** This is not a sponsored review and no compensation was received in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.