Little Wayang Kid 戏曲男孩
A Bilingual Picture Book supported by Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualis
Raja, a good-natured and active boy, is expected by his parents to pick up an activity for his development. Little do they know Raja chooses to practice Chinese opera. Can he go against all odds: language, culture, and his disapproving mother to master the craft? Join Raja as he ventures into the fascinating performance in “Little Wayang Kid”.
Little Wayang Kid is adapted from the short film ‘The Wa Is For Wayang’. The film, spoken in both English and Chinese, premiered on Racial Harmony Day 2011. It was later chosen by the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) as an exclusive resident feature for a period of 30 months. It becomes the longest playing locally produced short film in Singapore.
Many audiences of all races and background, who watched the film, expressed their love for the movie. They were inspired by the storyline and the way Chinese opera was portrayed. In addition, they shared their concern about the difficulty for these traditional art forms to survive in this modern era.
Therefore, the children’s picture book, Little Wayang Kid intends to introduce the traditional art form, Chinese opera, to the younger generations, in an entertaining yet inspiring manner. The book, consists of high quality illustrations with a simple description both in English and Chinese, is designed for children aged 3 to 9. The descriptions in two languages will also facilitate the language learning process, as children who are well-versed in English can easily pick up vocabulary in Chinese, and vice versa.
由本地电影工作者陈睿翰创作，Joey Ng Kai Woon绘图，讲述印族男孩学华族戏曲的《戏曲男孩》(Little Wayang Kid )，已经以双语图画书的形式面世。
《戏曲男孩》是在李光耀双语基金的赞助下出版，绘本内容取自陈睿翰导演的电影短片《戏曲娃娃》(Wa Is For Wayang) 。陈睿翰也是绘本的故事人。