{Review & Giveaway} Emily Lim books (Part 1)

Emily Lim books review giveaway

The first time we got our hands on Emily Lim’s award winning books was when we received the Pen Pal WHIZZ to review. Yes, her books are made compatible with the Pen Pal WHIZZ and she even wrote the scripts for characters in the book so when you tap the talking pen on the characters, they will speak! Her stories are already such a great read and with characters that actually speak? A real bonus for any reader! And with the Pen Pal WHIZZ, there are even games designed for every 2-page spread to ‘quiz’ the child after reading the text or to just get the child to pay attention to little details in the illustrations. Sounds intriguing? Head over to the Pen Pal WHIZZ review and giveaway (worth SGD288) if you haven’t already entered (ends tomorrow!)

Of the four books we received, my little girl picked The Tale of Rusty Horse to read first followed by Prince Bear and Pauper Bear. She was so hooked on these two books she refused to read any other books for at least a week! And so I thought since I’m gonna be giving all four books to my lucky fans, I’ll start with giving out these two books first followed by Just Teddy and Bunny finds the right stuff in Part 2 of my Emily Lim books giveaway.

But first, the summary and review ๐Ÿ™‚

The Tale of Rusty Horse is a heartwarming story where a neglected and lonely rusty rocking horse longed to be a favourite again with everyone and with the help of a fairy, he got his wish when he became a real horse. But when the fairy’s magic wore off, he became himself again. It was then that he found a true friend in a little boy who couldn’t walk but they shared adventures up in the high mountains, in a rocket faraway in outer space, in a ship across the wide ocean… all in the boy’s imagination of course. When the fairy found the spell to make Rusty real forever, he made the choice – the choice that wouldn’t make his dream of being a favourite with many come true, but the one that would matter to someone else, his friend, the little boy. In the end, he chose to remain the way he was – a rusty rocking horse because he realised he “was truly happy – just to be himself”.

The Tale of Rusty Horse Emily LimNot just a simple story instilling the importance of loving ourselves just the way we are, I feel that it is a wonderful story which lets children realise that we can find joy in making someone else happy.

Prince Bear & Pauper Bear is another lovely story where two very different bears experience love and friendship. Pauper Bear was named by the other toys in the shop because he was a poorly stitched bear, his eyes didn’t match and he didn’t even have a mouth because the toymaker forgot to sew him one so he couldn’t speak. In stark contrast, Prince Bear was well-stitched, had a fine little crown and often boasted how he’s perfectly stitched. Every toy’s dream of course was to be brought back by a child and loved – and that’s when their stories unfold.

Prince Bear was bought by a girl whose princess doll was ‘becoming a bore’ and was brought home to the lovely big house he had dreamed about. Pauper Bear – the ‘teddy bear nobody wants’ – was given to a little boy who came ‘with a skip and a hop’ but couldn’t afford a toy from the shop. You can of course imagine how the story goes. But there’s more to it at the end – the bears’ paths crossed one day and Pauper Bear had to make a major decision. He could choose to be selfish and keep his place as the beloved bear or save the forgotten and tattered Prince Bear from the little girl’s dog and risk being displaced. So how did Pauper Bear come to his decision?

Prince Bear & Pauper BearDon’t you just love Emily Lim’s stories? I love how these two stories speak right to the kids about compassion, empathy, putting others before self and that someone will love us for being us and it doesn’t matter at all if we are not everyone’s favourite person!

These books are absolutely fabulous reads and it’s no wonder my little girl was hooked on them for a whole week! The inspiration for Prince Bear & Pauper Bear and her other three picture books is drawn from Emily’s experience and struggles of coping with a rare voice disorder (from which she has recovered). You can read more about Emily at her blog.

Now the great news!ย TWO lucky readers will win autographed copies (not by me of course!) of the books (1 book each)ย by simply leaving a comment on this blog post and remembering to click ‘I Commented’ in the Rafflecopter widget to qualify. The rest of the options are optional, but would render you more chances to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Emily Lim books giveaway which will commence right after this giveaway ends! ๐Ÿ™‚ And there’s an Emicakes giveaway starting tomorrow as well so remember to check back then!

Meanwhile, here’s a list of shops where you can get Emily’s books –

Kinokuniya Bookstores
MPH Bookstore (Raffles City)
Tango Mango (Tanglin Mall)
Big Bookshop (Harbourfront)
OG Albert
Rainbow Shop (Robinson Road)
Attic Pals (Tanglin Mall)
Smart Alley (Centrepoint & Changi Point)


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48 Responses to {Review & Giveaway} Emily Lim books (Part 1)

  1. Amie Chen says:

    I hope to win the Prince bear & the pauper bear

  2. Pmbabe says:

    Hope to win the rusty horse!

  3. I hope to win the rusty horse. Thanks!
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  4. Serene Leow says:

    I hope to win The tale of the rusty horse. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Joanne Ho says:

    I hope to win The tale of the rusty horse for my son. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. ashmika jain says:


    My daughter is really Fascinated about Horses. Hope to win The Tale of Rusty Horse for her ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Thong Hwee Hwee says:

    Will like to win the Prince bear and pauper bear story book as my won loves teddies!

  8. Winnie says:

    Hope to win The Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

  9. Jacquelene Pang says:

    Would love to win these books for my boy who’d be turning 2 in 2 days’ time!
    Thank you for hosting!

  10. Shirley Yong (Yoko) says:

    Hope to win the Tale of the Rusty Horse! Love Emily Lim’s books. We started with Just Teddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Priscilla Neo says:

    Lovely books that any child will love. Am sure my boy will love them.

  12. Robert Sim says:

    Like Prince Bear Pauper Bear!

  13. Carol Lim says:

    Would love to win Rusty Horse!

  14. Adeline says:

    I love both books, though if I had to choose, Prince Bear and Pauper Bear sounds like a very good book that can be used to teach empathy in future.
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  15. JayTeeZeHang says:

    I love to win The Tale of Rusty Horse!
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  16. Mary Tay says:

    Hi, I like to win these books for my boy. Thank u for organizing.

  17. Beverly says:

    I would love to win the Tale of The Rusty Horse for my daughter who just turned two recently!
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  18. Linda says:

    I would love to win Tale of the Rusty Horse for my boy.

  19. Tan Shu-Yin says:

    I hope to win the Prince Bear and Pauper Bear. Thanks for the chance.
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  20. jeslyn says:

    i would like to win the prince bear and the pauper bear. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Jennifer Sea says:

    I wish to win The Tale of the Rusty Horse for
    for Sean.

  22. Waiwai says:

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, I hope to win Prince Bear and Pauper Bear.
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  23. The tale of the rusty horse!
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  24. Brenda says:

    love the values taught in prince bear and the pauper bear

  25. Monika C says:

    Hi, I hope to win The Tale of Rusty Horse. Thanks!

  26. M Lim says:

    Prince bear pauper bear

  27. joyce koo says:


    i love the prince bear pauper bear :>

  28. kck2803@yahoo.com says:


    i love to win the tale of the rusty horse

  29. Florence says:

    The tale of rusty horse!

  30. Tim says:

    I’d love a copy of The Tale of Rusty Horse

  31. Angelyn says:

    My little girl would love a copy of The Tale of Rusty Horse!

  32. Angie.S says:

    Dana would love to read of the tale of the rusty horse ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for organising this!
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  33. Liza says:

    My son’s school brought his class to the Prince Bear and Pauper Bear production a little while ago and loved it so much we had to buy the book! I think he would love The Tale of Rusty Horse just as much.
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  34. Audrey says:


    Would love to win Prince Bear and Pauper Bear.

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    Audrey Soo

  35. Cherie Lim says:

    It’s a tough choice, but i’ll go with the The Tale of the Rusty Horse!
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  36. Adora @ Gingerbreadmum says:

    We love Emily’s books too ๐Ÿ™‚
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  37. Jus says:

    It would be Tale of Rusty Horse for us, as we have Prince Bear Pauper Bear already (the boy loves it!). Thanks for the giveaway!
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  38. jaime chan says:

    hope to win prince bear and pauper bear

  39. Evelyn says:

    Love her books – the educational values !!

  40. Evelyn says:

    I love th rusty horse !

  41. Cynthia says:

    I would love to read these fabulous books to my child.

  42. Lilium says:

    Love to win the Prince bear and Pauper bear!
    Thanks for hosting!

  43. Xgg Chan says:

    Hope to win Prince bear and Pauper bear!

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  45. Mummybean says:

    Prince bear and Pauper bear for my two kiddies!
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  46. geraldine says:

    I hope to win prince bear and pauper bear book. We read it from the library and love it.

  47. Mommy Chuck says:

    I hope to win the Rusty Horse book ๐Ÿ™‚
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  48. tan jeng beng says:

    hoping to win prince bear & pauper bear for my son ๐Ÿ™‚

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