House By The Woods and other rhymes
About the Books
These are books of rhymes set in the Singaporean context. First published in 1996, they remain evergreen in stimulating children’s interest in language, as well as their environment.
About the Author
Dr Khoo Kim Choo is a pioneer in the early childhood sector in Singapore. She has more than 35 years’ experience in various capacities, first as CEO of NTUC Childcare and its subsidiaries. She was the consultant for developing the Early Years Framework for the then Ministry of Social and Family Development. Kim Choo also consulted for other local and international organisations, such as UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank.
She has written for early childhood professionals, academics, policy makers,
parents and children. She initiated Nurture, the first local bilingual parenting
She is also the founder of the Preschool for Multiple Intelligences.
About the Illustrator
Multi‐award winner, Patrick Yee, is one of Singapore’s leading illustrators of
children’s books, with more than 160 titles under his belt. In 2016 he was named
“The Most Prolific Children’s Books Illustrator” by the Singapore Book of Records.
Besides working with publishers in Singapore and overseas, Patrick is a dedicated arts educator, lecturing at schools and polytechnics. He also teaches Art as Therapy at Special Schools and aims to encourage firms to support children with special needs.
The rhymes in this book and the others in the series reveal the author’s clever use of onomatopoeia, like “click‐clack” and “yakity‐yak” for literary effect. They resonate strongly with young children’s natural and creative play with words and sounds.
— Dr Rebecca Chan Kam Chee
Lecturer, National Institute of Education,
Nanyang Technological University
Children in Singapore now have access to many storybooks by local authors, with stories that reflect the own lives. But there are not so many books of local nursery rhymes available. The republication of Dr Khoo Kim Choo’s three books of nursery rhymes allows a whole new generation to access them. Perhaps one of the young parents or teachers picking up these books would have been the very children who had enjoyed these rhymes in their preschool days. A happy thought!
— Sheila Wee
Co‐Director of the Federation of Asian Storytellers