This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents Indonesian fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich oral culture.
Set in tropical rain forests, on balmy beaches, and in the remote highlands of the Indonesian islands, Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories offers a taste of how universal values of bravery, cleverness, true love, kindness and loyalty are transmitted to Indonesian children. Astute princesses, resourceful villagers and daring travelers appear throughout this vast archipelago to tell their stories and charm our children.
Retold for an international audience, these beautifully illustrated stories provide children with an insight into the traditional culture, morals and environment of Indonesia. This book is aimed at children in the five to twelve age group, but readers of all ages, young and old, will find much to enjoy within these pages.
Featured Indonesian stories include:
- True Strength
- The Woodcarver's Love
- The Buffalo's Victory
- The Magic Headcloth
- The Caterpillar Story
- And many more!
About the Author
Joan Suyenaga, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, grew up with Japanese Children's Favorite Stories, the first title in this popular series, on her family bookshelf. She has been writing, translating and editing for the past 20 years in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her three children were the first to hear the stories featured in this volume of stories on Indonesia.
Salim Martowiredjo is a well known Indonesian artist and has wonderfully depicted Indonesian rural life in this beautifully illustrated book.