SO WHAT HAPPENED WAS....
I became a mother of two under two, and it was the most emotional, beautifully messy, and rewarding experience of my life (and here I thought I’d hit my emotional peak during the final scenes of The Notebook). That first snuggle, that first smile, the all-encompassing love that you feel for your children...it was nothing like anything I’ve ever felt before. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to freeze this feeling in words but I never got the time. Having kids automatically puts you into a time warp - you know the day is going by but you just don’t know where it’s going. So, wrapped up in the everyday chaos of trying to keep my two little humans alive, I just kept putting it on the back burner.
Hand-in-hand with the exhilaration of motherhood, came the sleepless nights and bedtime wars (not to mention, dark circles the size of shopping bags). Needless to say, we were taken aback by our tiny humans transforming into miniature sumo wrestler/screaming banshee hybrids whenever night fell! My husband and I quickly realised that the key to solving this (and preventing the early onset of deafness) lay in an enjoyable bedtime routine. For us, it involved reading a book together before prayer time. Soon enough, World War 3 ended and “Mummy, read Good Night Moon!” became a frequent dialogue in the household - my children loved books that were calm and soothing, ones that would help them drift off to sleep in minutes.
One such night, after my kids were tucked in & fast asleep, I started thinking - what did I truly want for my children? Almost immediately, the answer came to me. It didn’t matter how many toys they had or whether they wore the trendiest clothes or if the house was at its tidiest - I just wanted them to remember that they felt loved. Every. Single. Day.
I wanted to put my feelings into words so that they could relive it whenever they wanted.
That was how the Mini Love Tales series was born.
It’s our aim to create a collection of beautiful, loving picture books for babies and toddlers, with sweet, endearing illustrations that help parents convey those ‘hard-to-put-into-words feelings’ to their little ones, and create special memories together (on top of getting a good night’s rest themselves - don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on both fronts)!
The debut book, ‘I Love You, Little Dumpling’ is a homage to our Asian roots and one of our favourite dishes as a family (rightly so, because they are delicious!). As the very first poem I wrote for my very own ‘little dumplings’, it occupies an incredibly special place in my heart and a regular place in our bedtime routine.
By sharing this piece of our family with the world, I hope that this book will lovingly resonate with a lot of parents or caregivers - I wish that this expresses the depths of your love in words and helps you build an unforgettable bond with your special little ones. As for those adoring little eyes and ears pointed towards you while you are reading the book, I hope that they know how very much loved, cherished, and wanted they are today and every day!