Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Animal Clock House - My First Written & Illustrated Book

Writing and illustrating this book was an assignment I received when I was taking my Advanced Diploma in Special Needs Education last year. Looking back, I thought it would be nice to share with more parents so that maybe their children will find it beneficial and an interesting read.

I spent about 3 weeks conceptualizing "The Animal Clock House". The story revolves around a clock house which magically comes alive at midnight when the children are sound asleep. The little animals living within are awakening to play.

The initial concept was to incorporate rhyming words to raise phonological awareness and improve reading and spelling skills. It helps a child to recognize sound patterns that form a basis for learning word families. (E.g. met, wet, get etc). Apart from rhyming words, I also input numbers, some high frequency words and names of animals to make the story fun as they learn. To be honest, making every sentence rhyme was hard, and keeping in mind the flow of the story makes it even harder.

Illustrating for the book was another big challenge. I drew and coloured on every page. It took a lot of time thinking what images to input as I hope the book will be colourful, filled with cartoons to provide opportunities where parents can engage the child as they read aloud.












Reading time is FUN and I hope you enjoyed my story! 

20 comments:

  1. Lovely illustrations and story! Consider publishing it?

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    1. Thanks for liking.. Did thought of it but I'm not so confident plus also considering the cost. ^_^

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  2. Wow the book is really nice!!! Did it take you very long to write and illustrate, after conceptualizing the idea? I love love love the storyline!

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    1. Yes it did! Especially making the sentence rhyme and making sense of the story! :) Glade you like it !

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  3. So cute! I think I am going to show it to my little princess to learn through illustrations making it more interesting.

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    1. Hope your little one likes it. Do share with me what is her thoughts on the story.

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  4. Beautiful illustrations! What a lovely keepsake for your family too.

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    1. Am keeping it but my kids all grown up and can't really appreciate already :)

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  5. Oh My! You Wrote and You Drew! haha You are good! I love books that rhymes and was just telling my husband I'm thinking of writing a children's book. However, I am hopeless in illustrating. Will have to find an artist! haha

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  6. wow! I love the illustrations! very easy to follow! You are very good!!

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    1. Thank you for liking and the compliment . ☺

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  7. Phoebe, you are so so talented! Love your artwork illustrations and your story is really good! Amazing! Hope you write more!

    ~ Audrey @ SAys! Happy Mums

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  8. Wow. This is amazing and I love the illustrations! Some talent you have got there!

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  9. It's a very cute book and easy to read. You really should consider self-publishing it!


    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. I did have that temptation but didn't have the courage

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  10. What an amazing project you've delivered. Love the book!

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