Little Godwit Finds His Wings | Book Review

I was extremely pleased and honoured to collaborate once again with award-winning author, Emily Lim-Leh, to review her newest book (view other book reviews here).

Although my children are both in primary school now, that doesn’t stop them from appreciating a good book. The story of Little Godwit finds his wings is simple but timeless. It is a story of how a young child (in this case, Little Godwit) comes to gradually learn about himself and his own strengths.

The cute illustration on the first page immediately caught my boy’s attention

So Little Godwit hatches late and learns that his flock has left to escape the cold Arctic. He meets different birds who try to make him fit in with them, and he tries his best each time:

After several tries, he comes to the realisation that he is not meant to stay with those birds because that is just not in his anatomy or ability to do so.

I like that the story presents itself as a springboard for discussion with the children about their strengths, and how when we fail sometimes, our failed attempts are not definitive of us. Life is a journey where we continue to succeed and fail, and in the process, discover our strengths and weaknesses. And it is perfectly alright to not be good at something, because we may be better at something else.

In this book, there is even a page where there are key discussion questions. So, even if you aren’t sure about what to ask or say to your child after reading, you can use those questions as reference. Also, at the end of the book, there are two pages with more information about the bar-tailed godwit, and there are even QR codes where you can scan and read up in greater detail.

This book will be available in major bookstores by end February 2019 (retailing at $12.95), so remember to get your copy!

Disclosure: I received this complimentary book from the author. No monetary compensation was received.

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CNY is not CNY without the goodies…

… and that’s why despite my recent attempts to shave off some pounds post-holiday, I went ahead and agreed when Poon Confectionery asked if I could review their homemade CNY goodies.

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I received their pork floss roll snack, almond cookies, pineapple tarts and green pea cookies.

The CNY goodies were all nice, but the unanimous vote for the favourite of the four snacks was the pork floss one. The kids loved that most – it was crunchy and the pork floss gave a savoury sweet finish.

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The pineapple tart pastry was not overly flaky and yet was melt-in-the-mouth delicious. The pineapple paste was not too sweet too, so that was a winning point. And so that got our vote for second best. The kids weren’t very fond of the other two snacks, but my hubby and I were ok with it. There was the distinct taste and aroma of the nut/ green pea with crunchy bits amidst the sweetness.

Unlike mass-produced CNY goodies, Poon Confectionery goodies are all handmade with love and there are no preservatives or artificial flavours.

If you’re interested to try out their goodies for free, you can go to 502 Macpherson where there are more than 3o types of goodies to savour!

Poon Confectionery

502 Macpherson Road

S368204 (Opposite Caltex)

Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm Daily

Open on Weekends too.

Contact Number: 9762 6523 (Whatsapp 10am-10pm daily) / 9663 4314 

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. All opinions are mine.

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