MANGOES AND BANANAS by Nathan Kumar Scott


From the "Kanchil Stories" series
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Age Range: 6 - 9
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One of many stories about Kanchil, the mouse deer trickster figure of Indonesian folklore. In this tale, Monyet the monkey and the small deer decide to plant trees so they will no longer have to hunt for food. When their favorite fruits start to appear, Kanchil realizes that Monyet is the only one who can climb up and get the fruit. Monyet eats all the bananas, his personal favorite, but then climbs the mango tree and starts to eat all of Kanchil’s mangoes too. The mouse deer finds a way to stop this from happening: He insults the vain monkey by telling him that all his facial features resemble different vegetables. Finally the monkey starts throwing mangoes at him in response, and Kanchil has found a way to solve his problem. A traditional form of Indian textile art, Kalamkari, that traveled to Indonesia in centuries past, has been used for the illustrations and its intense vegetables dyes and stylized flora and fauna provide an unusual backdrop for this amusing folktale. The explanation at the back of Kalamkari (with photographs) is interesting for adults, but far too complex for the intended readers. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 81-86211-06-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tara Publishing
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2006


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