Enrich Your Mind, Engage Your Heart

Best-selling author Stephen King once said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” This highlights the allure of books and literature in our everyday lives: books can bring us on exciting adventures and explorations, or transport us to a place of contemplation and reflection.

Here is a recommended selection of books, produced recently by the National Parks Board, that will provide readers with ideas and inspiration, encouraging them to venture beyond the page and immersing themselves in nature to create their very own real-life magical moments.


Secrets of the Swamp


 Written by Neil Humphreys Illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon
Be captivated by the tale of three fun-loving brothers, Alfie, Luke and Pacey, as they step into the mangrove swamp and meet a mysterious Swamp Man. He brings them on an exhilarating journey where they encounter fascinating wildlife and unearth many of the swamp’s remarkable secrets.

This award-winning children’s book provides a refreshing perspective on the importance of nature in the environment around us, and presents many opportunities where parents can engage and converse with their children on taking up an active role in keeping our country a beautiful City in a Garden for all to live in. An activity section at the end of the book will keep the little ones entertained and also encourage them to discover and explore the green spaces in Singapore.

This book is available at all major bookstores, The Garden Shop at Singapore Botanic Gardens, or online for S$16 (inclusive of GST).


The Hunt for the Green Boomerang


Written by Neil Humphreys Illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon
A sequel and charming complement to Secrets of the Swamp, young readers will be reacquainted with Alfie, Luke and Pacey as they join the brothers on a thrilling adventure around the intriguing island of Pulau Ubin.

This story, paired with colourful illustrations, aims to instil an appreciation of flora and fauna in the readers, reminding them that they play an important part in shaping and preserving the environment around them. This delightful book also includes a pull-out treasure map of Pulau Ubin that children can use in their exploration of the island in search of its natural treasures like the Blue-throated Bee-eater and Bamboo Orchid.

This book is available at all major bookstores, retail shops at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, as well as the Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub on Pulau Ubin or online for S$16 (inclusive of GST).


Footprints on an Island – Rediscovering Pulau Ubin

 
By Chua Ee Kiam, Choo Mui Eng and Wong Tuan Wah 
An impressive treasure trove of photographs and personal stories from Pulau Ubin’s pioneering residents, this book aspires to add to the understanding of the island’s natural and cultural past, present and future, and also enable more people to rediscover and better appreciate Pulau Ubin.

This book is a labour of love put together by members of the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN), nature and heritage enthusiasts, NParks, and students and staff from ITE College West. It is evident that much passion and effort have been put into the compilation of this book, and it also shows readers the need to conserve this special place for future generations of Singaporeans.

This book is available at all major bookstores, retail shops at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, as well as the Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub on Pulau Ubin or online for S$32 (inclusive of GST).


Tall Tales: Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Trees Trail Guide


By Shee Zhi Qiang, Ang Xing Qi, Lahiru Wijedasa and Nigel Taylor 
Did you know that there are currently more than 200 Heritage Trees recognised throughout our sunny island, and about 20% of them can be found in the Singapore Botanic Gardens?

This informative guide features 39 of these Heritage Trees located in the Gardens, and shares photographs, botanical notes and illustrations, as well as little known facts about the trees. The guide also suggests two trails that you can take to admire these magnificent giants: one that sets off from Tanglin Gate and another that starts from Nassim Gate. Notable trees on the trails include the Senegal Mahogany Heritage Tree planted by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 1980, and the famed Tembusu Tree featured on the Singapore five-dollar note.

This book is available at Singapore Botanic Gardens’ retail shops: The Garden Shop and The Library Shop, or online for S$9.50 (inclusive of GST).


Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year


Comprising the winning entries selected from over 19,000 submissions from three photography competitions organised by NParks between 2010 and 2015, this coffee table book features gorgeous photographs that showcase the rich biodiversity and greenery that make Singapore a City in a Garden.

A Grand Award winner in the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence 2016, the book shares the inspiration behind the pictures from the winning photographers, and also includes flora and fauna facts, nuggets of information on Singapore’s parks, gardens and reserves, and even photography tips and tricks. This book hopes to inspire readers to pick up their smartphones and cameras to capture the beauty in our lush green spaces, and who knows, your photograph could appear in the next edition!

This book is available at Singapore Botanic Gardens’ retail shops: The Garden Shop and The Library Shop, or online for S$32 (inclusive of GST).

Text by Jacqueline Nai

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