IYC Children's Storybook Series
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A delightful & fun reading experience for children to learn about Co-operation!

These children’s storybooks which SNCF has produced are to commemorate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012. Our books are in either Hard Covered Copies or eBooks on Apple/Android platforms.

To order our hard covered books, download the Order Form:

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1st Book: A Very Big Storm

Story Outline:

A very big storm is coming! The Squirrel family, Monkey family, Sparrow and Little Honey Bear are all worried. How are they going to stay nice and dry? Explore the forest and meet the cute and kind characters as they rally together to brave the storm in the spirit of ‘Co-operation’. Titled “A Very Big Storm”, the story inculcates positive co-operative values in children like co-operation, sharing gratitude and more.


2nd Book: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Story Outline:

In this story, Big Otter is always bringing food for Little Otter. Over time, Little Otter learns from Big Otter how to fish for himself. He practices on the skills required to catch his own food. When Little Otter finally succeeds, he is ready to pass on the skills to Baby Otter so that she too can learn to feed herself.

Self-help is about being able to do things for yourself. Learning new skills helps you to become more independent and less reliant on others to do it for you.

Mutual-help is about helping one another after you have learnt and mastered how to help yourself.


3rd Book: Under the Sea, Under the Sea

Story Outline:

Gillbert belongs to a school of fish. Every day, they learn about life under the sea. Find out how Gillbert learns his biggest lessons in life when he meets a dolphin in need. In this story, Gillbert and his friends used their strength in numbers at the seabed to help free Bottlenose. Bottlenose in turn used his ability of sharp hearing and emitting strong sound signals to summon friends to help Gillbert. In extending mutual help to each other, they also ended up helping themselves stay safe and well.

Mutual help is about extending help to others who in turn extend help to you as well.


4th Book: The Really Really Hot Day

Story Outline:

When members of a community come together to help each other out, they are doing their part to care for and serve their community.

A fire breaks out and the Squirrels find their babies’ lives in danger. The other animals in the community immediately come together to save the Squirrel babies and also that part of the forest. Although the Otters, Gillbert and Bottlenose do not live there, they also chip in to help their neighbours out.

This 4th storybook of the series brings all characters previously from book 1 to 3 together, coming together as one to care for the community when disaster happens. This is reflective of the co-operative spirit and a finale to the IYC Children Storybook series.

What is a co-operative?

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

Who produced these storybooks?

“A Very Big Storm”, “Little Otter Goes Fishing”, “Under the Sea, Under the Sea” and “The Really Really Hot Day” are a part of a 4 series of children’s storybooks which Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) has produced in commemoration of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012. SNCF is the apex organization of Co-operatives which aims to promote and develop Co-operatives through the principle of self and mutual-help.

Who wrote these storybook series?


Emily Lim

Emily Lim is the award-winning author of Prince Bear & Pauper Bear, The Tale of Rusty Horse, Just Teddy, Bunny Finds the Right Stuff and Baby Panda Finds His Way. She is the first outside North America to win three prestigious IPPY Awards for children’s books and also the first in Southeast Asia to win the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.

Who drew these storybook series?


Scrawl Studios is an animation company based in sunny Singapore, filled mostly with people who draw, colour, talk, laugh, joke, day dream and make cartoons all day.

With the support of:

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