Once Upon a Nyonya Tale

By Koh Tze Yin & Shelyn Ng
Once Upon a Nyonya Tale is the perfect introduction for children to the world of Peranakan. Using a simple fairy tale as the backdrop, the author spins a charming story of a little Nyonya girl as she travels through an imaginary place called Land of the Ethereal filled with Nyonya elements: kebaya, nyonya food, nyonya kuih, phoenix, butterflies and more. Think of it as a Nyonya version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

After a delicious feast at Grandma’s, Anya was paid a surprise visit by Aunty Nyonya, her fairy godmother, who granted Anya her wish to go on an adventure. On the count of three, Anya leaped onto the Phoenix’s tail and off they traversed the tropical forests to arrive at the Land of the Ethereal. There, she met Candice, the caterpillar where their friendship and exciting journey began. In the midst of enjoying a picnic with their friends, a chameleon lurked from above and decided Candice would make a good tea snack. Can Anya save her friend from its predator and escape from the chameleon?