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Little Red Dot Gets Big on Values

Singapore, 2 October 2009 - How did a young girl from a humble home become the first woman professor in her country? How did a young boy who was trying to reach his deaf mother change the way the world spoke? How many times did two brothers have to get it wrong before they got it right?

Find out in an all-new edition of Eureka!, a full-coloured and beautifully illustrated book of life stories about history’s greatest inventors and innovators, who demonstrated perseverance, determination, purpose, creativity, resilience, motivation, innovation, as well as a sense of adventure on their way to their great discoveries.

The Straits Times’ Little Red Dot (LRD) and Straits Times Press are proud to present Eureka!, which aims to explain these values to young readers. This book is suitable for children aged seven and up, and includes lessons and activities at the end of each chapter designed to be learning tools for educators, parents and grandparents to enjoy with their children.

This book provides lesson material in line with the five Core Competencies of the Ministry of Education’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programme – Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Management Skills and Responsible Decision Making.

Eureka! is produced by The Straits Times Schools' award-winning team. It was written by Malini Nathan, edited by Serene Goh, and its unique illustrations are the creations of artist Paul Eric Roca.

It features eight inspirational stories about famous inventors and discoverers from various social and cultural backgrounds, each explaining abstract moral values to children by showing them how these values were put into action. The tales are designed to empower children to discover how displaying these virtues can benefit themselves and others. Meanwhile, its activities encourage bonding between parents and children as they work through them together, while reinforcing the messages in the book.

Even as classroom academic education aims to boost pupils’ Intelligence Quotient (IQ), there is also a need to nurture their Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ). A growing body of evidence from research by institutions such as the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) indicates that enhancing social and emotional development in children during their formative years better equips them with the skills to care for others and cope with any social situation.

In fact, every tale is presented by “Dot Family” characters, which embody the values featured. They play “guides” to readers, pointing out how they can work through the activities found at the end of each chapter. They are:

Adventurous Dot – Ferdinand Magellan, who led an expedition to the Spice Islands.
Persevering Dot – The Wright Brothers, who invented the first plane after many trials and errors.
Determined Dot – Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone after decades of experiments and research.
Purposeful Dot – Samuel Morse, who developed an efficient code of communication for the telegraph.
Creative Dot – Michelangelo, the renowned Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.
Resilient Dot – Marie Curie, who overcame poverty and social prejudice to become a two-time Nobel laureate.
Motivated Dot – Louis Braille, who devised a system of writing for the blind.
Innovative Dot – Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu, who has over 3,200 inventions to his name.

Eureka! will be available in bookshops in October 2009 and retails at $10.00 per copy (GST inclusive). LRD subscribers who complete their LRD Passports will be able to get a discount of 20%, or $8.00 (GST inclusive) at all POPULAR bookshops.

Eureka! will also be available from SPH’s Buzz Pods at $10 per copy (GST inclusive). Each copy purchased from Buzz has a complimentary YoYo.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E


For media enquiries, please contact:

Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Tel: 6319 1586
Email: yeosc@sph.com.sg


For further information on Eureka! and Straits Times Press, please contact:

Marketing & Operations Manager: Clara Wong (claraw@sph.com.sg, 6319 8346)
Publishing Manager: Shova Loh (shovaloh@sph.com.sg, 6319 8342)
Book Editor: Jane Huang (huangyy@sph.com.sg, 6319 8344)


For further information on Little Red Dot, please contact:

Circulation
Parents interested in getting their children’s schools to subscribe to The Straits Times' Little Red Dot should direct teachers to call David Tan on 6319 1005, or e-mail cirschool@sph.com.sg for more information.

Editorial Projects Unit
For all events and promotion queries, please contact Peter Khoo (pkhoo@sph.com.sg, 6319 5512) or Shahrena Hassan (shahrena@sph.com.sg, 6319 5097)

Editorial
Editor: Serene Goh (sereneg@sph.com.sg, 6319 5321)
Journalist: Malini Kaseenathan (mnathan@sph.com.sg, 6319 5115)


About Little Red Dot

The Straits Times’ Little Red Dot is a weekly educational magazine for primary school students (Pri 1 to 6), which was launched by Singapore’s widest circulating English broadsheet in 2005. Filled with kid-friendly news stories, science and environment articles, language, values and National Education lessons, the 20-page publication has become a must-have in more than 70 primary schools across the island. In classrooms, it is used by teachers to introduce current events, news, analysis and media literacy to 7 to 12 year olds.

The publication’s pedagogically-sound lessons and activities are created weekly by its resident teacher-journalist, Malini Nathan. They are based on current events in Singapore and overseas, and have proven to be such an authentic source of learning material that even the Ministry of Education has included it into its curriculum development. Little Red Dot’s many articles and activities encourage students’ comprehension abilities, language and financial literacy skills, and also encourage critical thinking among young readers.


About Straits Times Press

Straits Times Press, a member of the English & Malay Newspaper Division (EMND), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

It is spearheaded by a team with almost 30 years of international publishing experience, and has won international and regional literary and design prizes. This award-winning team has the expertise to publish books across a broad spectrum of product categories, including Illustrated Non-fiction, Fiction, Trade, Children’s, Reference and Educational School and Library Material for the export market.