This book is inspired by the German children’s literature master Heinrich Hoffmann’s Der Struwwelpeter (“Shock-headed Peter”). In the process of parenting, conflicts often arise during routine development as a consequence of young children’s resistance to certain parental expectations. The author adopts the phrase “I don’t want to”, a mantra children often use to react against their parents, for the title. With a dramatic imagination and great sense of humour, the author depicts various common scenarios where young children exhibit disobedient behaviours, accentuating the consequences. This book ends with the phrase “I want to” to highlight the behaviour changes of the child. It is suitable for parents and teachers when teaching children good habits and routine practices.
The “Singapore Kids’ Picture Book Series”
The “Singapore Kids’ Picture Book Series”, published by the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, is a collection of Chinese picture books written exclusively for children in Singapore.
Every story in the series carries a typical Singapore cultural theme. The scenes depict the familiar local environment, and the characters possess the unique cultural traits of tropical Singapore.
The picture books consist of a medley of simple narrative stories to illustrate how children can learn to handle the uncertainties they may struggle with in their social life experiences.
The stories in the series, though simple, are deeply inspiring and are written by experts in the field of early childhood education.
We hope that this picture book series will become a treasured companion to Singapore children in their growing-up years.