Local Children’s Book Records Kate and William’s Historic Visit to S’pore – and a Hamster Connection


Epoch Times, Singapore Edition (Issue 497, Oct 17 – Oct 30, 2014)

By Li Yen
Epoch Times Staff

Do you remember the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of Singapore two years ago?

Many Singaporeans were thrilled by the visit – and so is the character Sam in local childen’s author David Seow’s latest work, ‘Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di – A Day with the Duchess’.

With beautiful illustrations by Soefara Jafney, David Seow penned his new children’s book telling the delightful adventures of Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di during the royals’ visit.

Sam is so infatuated with the Duchess of Cambridge that she has named her hamster after the Princess – Kate. Together with her pet hamster, she drags her brothers, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di, to meet Prince William and Princess Catherine at Gardens by the Bay.

As the ecstatic crowds shout for Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate the Hamster is terrified. Thinking that everyone is screaming for her, the fearful hamster leaps out of Sam’s pocket and escapes to the Duchess’s bouquet of flowers.

Awash in anxiety, Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di follow the Duke and Duchess to their next destination – Queenstown, hoping to find Kate. But they cannot find their hamster there. At the last minute, they find Kate hopping into the car with the Prince and Princess.

Seeing how sad his sister is, Sebbie suggests making a trip to Raffles Hotel to meet the Duke and Duchess in order to get Kate back.

Will Sam ever unite with her hamster Kate? And will they ever get to meet the Prince and Princess?

Check out David Seow’s ‘Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di – A Day with the Duchess’ to solve this royal conundrum.

David Seow is an award-nominated children’s author in the Singapore literary scene. He has written over 20 well-received children’s books in 13 years. His remarkable works include The Littlest Emperor, Monkey: The Classic Chinese Adventure Tale, and the Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di series, amongst others.

His book ‘There’s Soup on My Fly!’ was nominated for The National Book Development Council of Singapore’s Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2011, and ‘Blow a Kiss’ was chosen as one of Singapore’s top ten children’s picture books at the IFLA Congress in Helsinki in 2012.

Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di: A Day with the Duchess is published by Epigram Books (www.epigrambooks.sg), and is available at major bookstores.

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