Book Review of The Rock and The Bird and Giveaway!

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The Rock and The Bird is an inspiring story about friendships written by the winner of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Prize for the Best Essay, Chew Chia Shao Wei and beautifully illustrated by Anngee Neo.


The book explores the friendships between the rock and the bird that blossoms beautifully after an annoying start. Before the bird came into it’s life, it was just an old rock that stood amidst the stretches of sand for a very long time. It knew nothing except the lapping of the sea waves. Then one day, the bird came to rest on the rock and it began to upset the rock as it was very noisy with its endless chatting.


Over the time, the rock and the bird get to know each other better. Their friendships blossom and strengthen. Then one day, the bird flew away and never return leaving the rock to ponder over the memories of his dearest friend.

About the author, 

The brilliant, Chew Chia Shao Wei wrote this story for the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition in 2009 when she was only fourteen years old, a Secondary Three student at Raffles Girls’ School.

Her story won First Prize, Class A. She proceed to continue her education at Raffles Institution and in 2012 earned the Rotary Club of Singapore’s Good Samaritan Award “in recognition of her spirit of true volunteerism above and beyond the call of duty”. She went on to start her freshman year at Harvard University in 2013. She has an older sister and a younger brother.  

About the Illustrator,

The talented, Anngee Neo is a freelance illustrator whose work is in magazines, advertisements and children’s books. She is the illustrator of Former President SR Nathan’s The Crane and the Crab, published by Epigram Books in May 2013.


Our Parenting World recommends this beautifully written and entertaining book suitable for young children. Here’s what Gor Gor has to say about this book after he has finished reading it. “I truly enjoy reading this book. It is easy to read and understand. The story is interesting and through the story, I get to appreciate the beauty of friendships. I also like the illustrations as they are lively and relate very well to the content of the story.”


We have 3 books of The Rock and The Bird to giveaway. Thanks to the kind folks of Rise & Shine, Chew Chia Shao Wei and Anngee Neo! 

To take part in the giveaway, please click HERE to enter into the link for the giveaway for The Rock and The Bird and other Christmas giveaways! 

Random winners will be picked and announced through our Facebook and Website. Books will be send to the winners from the organisers. 

Hurry, contest will end soon on 31 December 2014 at 23:59Hr. 

Thank you and Good luck!

{Giveaways Closed and Winners Announcement}

Dear Valued Friends and Readers,

Thank you so much for your participation and congratulations to Julia Chia, Linda Tang and Carol Lim for  winning the award winning “The Rock and The Bird” book .

Please click HERE for more details. 

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Entry into the giveaway contest will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions. The rules of the giveaway contest and how to enter are as follows:

1) The prize is as stated, subject to change and fulfillment by the sponsors. Winners are not allowed to change the prizes. The prize will be non-transferable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable for other products/dates/times. The sponsors reserve the right to amend the giveaway contest, substitute any prize or with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

2) All participants have the opportunity to win as long as you have completed and fulfilled all the steps/requirements specified on the giveaway contest. Please make sure your likes and shares are set to public for verification purposes. Incomplete entries and fake accounts will be disqualified at the discretion of the organisers.

3) Winners of past giveaways in the last one month will not qualify for this giveaway, please wait till after one month from the date that you have won to participate in the current giveaways. 

4) Giveaway contest is open to all Singapore residents with a valid Singapore mailing address

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6) Winners will be notified by email /Facebook/Instagram after the contest has ended. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and or pick a replacement winner. 

7) The organiser reserves the right to cancel the contest if circumstances arise outside of its control.

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