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A few weeks back, my friend and read-aloud expert Suzanne Jung did an awesome storytelling video of Little Mole’s Awesome Star and I did a mini-introduction to introduce myself and her. This was for a preschool chain that approached me to contribute a storytelling session for this stay-home period.

National Heritage Board chanced upon it and asked if Suzanne and I could do a another storytelling video for them? They loved our combination of my author introduction and Suzanne’s amazing storytelling.


So Little Godwit finds his wings and voice in the Speak Good English Movement’s Stories: Let’s Connect series!

Suzanne, thanks for lending your awesome voice to both the Little Godwit and Little Mole books!

It’s been such a big delight to see you read my Little series!

You can buy Little Godwit Finds His Wings at Times Bookshop’s online bookstore Goguru.

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Watch Read-Aloud Expert Suzanne Jung’s storytelling of Little Mole’s Awesome Star 

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I’m thrilled to have my friend and read-aloud expert Suzanne do a most awesome storytelling of my latest picture book Little Mole’s Awesome Star.

I do a tiny introduction, and then get to enjoy seeing Suzanne set a whole new professional standard for home-made storytelling videos!

Suzanne, heart-loads of thanks from your story-time fan girl!



Little Mole’s Awesome Star is available in the bookstores and online at Times’ GoGuru online store.

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Awesome Star! Little Mole surfaces in Straits Times’ 8 Reads for March

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Delighted to read the review of The Kueh Tutu’s recent dance performance of Just Teddy at The Artground in today’s Straits Times.


Just Teddy’s Fold, Crinkle & Roll interactive dance show at The Artsground on 22 February 2020 (Photo credit: The Kueh Tutus Facebook page)

“The Kueh Tutus, led by choreographer Melissa Quek, is among a handful of arts groups in Singapore focusing solely on young audiences.

Since 2017, the group has regularly performed various works at The Artground, an arts space for children located at Goodman Arts Centre.

Just Teddy, for children aged two to four, is based on a book of the same title by children’s author Emily Lim.

It tells the tale of a teddy bear who feels alone in a shop with other stuffed animals. He is later discovered by a girl who loves him just as he is.

Two performers took on the roles of Teddy and the other characters, using movement to bring to life the various animal characters.

The audience was encouraged to join in at the end and it was nice to see most of the children needed little coaxing to get moving.

Fold, Crinkle, Roll, for those aged three to eight, is a whimsical piece encouraging play and discovery, perhaps especially needed in Singapore, where childhood can be dominated by rules, stress and anxiety rather than free play.

Music and sound were used effectively to capture the attention of the audience and signal changes in mood, as were the performers’ movements as they played with and manipulated objects made of paper.

The whimsical mood was supported by the performers’ light running movements and playful facial expressions as they interacted with each other…”

The full article in Straits Times is here.

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I’m starry-eyed to see Little Mole featured in today’s Straits Times!

Life Reads for March 2020

Little Mole Review

Read the online version of the full article here.

Little Mole’s Awesome Star has burrowed into local bookstores and can be found at Kinokuniya, Times and Popular  bookstores! Tell your friends about it!

You can now also order Little Mole’s Awesome Star and Little Godwit Finds His Wings at Times Bookstore’s Goguru with free delivery in Singapore!


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Awesome! Little Mole sniffs out 5 Stars with Reader’s Favourite

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Amidst this COVID-19 climate, I’m mutedly delighted that Little Mole’s Awesome Star has received a 5-star rating from Reader’s Favourite.

Little Mole's Awesome Star F Cover

Readers’ Favourite review:

“Little Mole was eagerly waiting for his special star. He wanted to know if his special star would show him awesome stuff …

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Little Mole’s Awesome Star by Emily Lim-Leh is an adorable story that introduces children to the star-nosed mole species in a fun and interesting way.

The concept of finding one’s own place in this world and independence has been woven beautifully into the plot, making it easy for young readers to understand it.

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John Lim brings the concept, the story, and the characters to life with his wonderful illustrations. The Let’s Discuss questions and the Did You Know part about star-nosed moles makes the book perfect to use during interactive sessions in classrooms to make learning entertaining. Children, parents, and tutors need more books like this one to make learning and teaching new concepts fun, interesting, and interactive.”


Little Mole has just surfaced in local bookstores this week. Look for my book at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores and Popular Bookstores this weekend! Also available from Times’ online store Goguru.

Little Mole Back Cover

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Awesome Star! Little Mole surfaces in Straits Times’ 8 Reads for March

Reader’s Favourite! Little Godwit finds his way to 5 shiny stars!


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I was starry-eyed when I brought Caleb (mini-me) and Emily-Mole (whom Caleb refers to as my ‘Duplicate’) to collect my latest picture book!

Collecting Mole

Little Mole’s Awesome Star is the second title in my “Little” picture book series of fiction tales inspired by awesome facts. Little Godwit Finds His Wings took flight first.

Emily-Mole is a customized gift from my super-awesome friend Arlene who commissioned her sister to knit it, which she then hand-carried from Australia.

It’s based on the Mole-version of me which my awesome star collaborator John Lim drew for our Author & Illustrator’s page.

Little Mole's Awesome Star (pg35)

More about Little Mole’s book in the next post!

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Inside the Bizarre Life of the Star-Nose Mole – National Geographic’s Weird & Wild

The Story behind hatching Little Godwit – from conception to birth



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Oh my feathers! I’m delighted to see Little Godwit take off on a second wind! This March 2020, Little Godwit finds his wings at the ArtScience Museum as part of the Singapore Writer’s Festival’s Words Go Round! Programme.

WGR2020 Collage

Read more and sign up for this storytelling session and more at the Singapore Writer’s Festival’s link here!

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Reader’s Favourite! Little Godwit finds his way to 5 shiny stars!

When God, in His Wit, made each of us with our individual strengths


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New life begets new life. In 2010, after I wrote and published my 4-book Toy Series and was mid-way through writing my memoir Finding My Voice, I discovered I was pregnant.

In the second trimester of my pregnancy, I saw a scan of my unborn child at my gynaecologist’s office. He was lying flat in my womb, face up, with one leg raised straight up. Then, he stretched out his tiny fingers and grabbed his toes. That image stayed so vividly with me that I commissioned an illustration of that moment to commemorate his birth. My four Toy titles testify of God’s hand in my life; they bear the mark of my Creator. It follows that all the four books’ characters would come together, around the crib, to welcome the best character that I ever conceived.

EL Illo 5

On 31 January 2011, Caleb made a dramatic entrance into my world. I had reached full term of pregnancy but he showed no signs of wanting to come out. He did not budge an inch despite the two rounds of induction medicine pumped into me and my entire day of hard labour. Finally, my gynaecologist forcibly calipered Caleb out of my womb and he came out with a near ceiling-shattering wail. My highly experienced and usually unflappable gynecologist (who never punctuated his sentences with any exclamations or inflexions in my nine months of clinic visits) exclaimed, “Wah, he’s SO loud!”

God, the Author of Life, had bestowed me a child in the 13th year of my marriage and he came with a big voice. Caleb’s birth began a brand new story in my life. Like the character in the renowned children’s book The Little Prince, my little prince bear would surprise me with words of wisdom beyond his years.

At around four years old, Caleb asked me, out of the blue, “Mummy, how come your voice is so nice?”

“Really?” I replied in disbelief. In more than ten years since my voice affliction, no one had ever told me that I had a nice voice. Instead, the comments ranged from “How come you sound like that?” to “You sound terrible! Keep quiet, don’t talk.”

“Yes, your voice is so nice,” Caleb said. And he repeated this several times over the next few months.

If I had shrugged this off as childish talk, it was promptly laid to rest when he rummaged through my cupboard and found an old cassette tape.

“Mummy, what’s this?” Caleb asked. He examined the cassette and pulled out a bit of the reel.

“No!” I yelled. I had made only one recording of my voice sounding at its worse 15 years back. Then I thought. Why would I want this as a keepsake?

“Go ahead,” I told Caleb. “You can pull it all out.”

As Caleb gleefully unraveled the reel of my entire cassette, the remains of what I had held onto of my broken voice were reduced to child’s play. My God-sent child’s words also erased the years of hurtful comments about me having an awful-sounding voice.

From thereon, my little cub would grow into an even stronger supporting character in a dark chapter of my life.

– Extract from ‘An Author’s Muse’, Irrevocable Gifts


Irrevocable Gifts is now retailing at Gracework’s online store! Get your copy now!

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Blog collage (trimmed)




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This has been a very eventful year for Little Godwit and me. Little Godwit launched off this year from a dark valley amidst stormy weather. I’m glad that this little book took flight and journeyed through the year to a sweet year-end.

Thanks for all your support for the Little Bird Who Could and here’s to a meaningful and restful year-end!

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Godwit versions of me & John Lim, the hugely talented illustrator of Little Godwit

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After close to two years since we started writing our six stories for Irrevocable Gifts, we launched the book last Friday 6th December.

Since the book is about gifts and God’s calling, it came to pass that we held our launch in the dance studio of Kum Yan Methodist Church. We discovered on the day itself that we had to take off our shoes to preserve the quality of the flooring. It followed that we all entered on firm footing.


The six of us took turns to share snippets of our stories:

  • Dawn, songwriter, sang us a song with her reading
  • Bernice, editor, read the dialect excerpt of her conversation with her dad
  • Madeline, poet, regaled us with her poetry
  • Favian, artist, shared how Psalm 139 ministered to him through depression
  • Calvin, musician, played two wind instruments and showed us how to pucker up
  • And I, children’s book author, did a simple show-and-tell of how God spoke to me through my child’s voice.

6 authors

This has been such an inspiring project to be part of. I hope that the book will encourage anyone seeking meaning with their creative gifts and calling. Irrevocable Gifts is published by The Group, a grouping of Christian creatives, started by singer-songwriter Dawn Fung.

You can buy your copy from Gracework’s online store.

For friends interested to buy multiple copies as gifts, please contact me directly!


Ben, Caleb and I going mustard at the launch (for my Mustard Seed Books imprint which published my 4 Toy Titles)

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