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The Resource The Great race : an Indonesian trickster tale, retold by Nathan Kumar Scott ; art by Jagdish Chitara

The Great race : an Indonesian trickster tale, retold by Nathan Kumar Scott ; art by Jagdish Chitara

Label
The Great race : an Indonesian trickster tale
Title
The Great race
Title remainder
an Indonesian trickster tale
Statement of responsibility
retold by Nathan Kumar Scott ; art by Jagdish Chitara
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Contributor
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A retelling of the Indonesian folktale featuring the popular trickster Kanchil, who boasts that he is the fastest animal in the forest
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USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2013.
Review
  • PreS-Gr 2 — Kanchil, a mouse deer, challenges all of the animals of the forest to a race, but only Pelan, a snail, accepts the dare. Kanchil is so sure of himself that he dawdles along the way, only to find Pelan at the finish line. He can't believe he has lost to a snail and makes a serious effort in a new race. But Pelan wins (with the help of his twin brother) and teaches Kanchil a lesson in humility. The vivid, stylized illustrations, painted in blood red, black, and cream, are the true winners here. Rendered in the style of the Indonesian sacred art form Mata Ni Pachedi (Cloth of the Mother), the animals whirl across the pages. Backgrounds consist of intricately patterned vegetation and undulating hills. Most spreads feature a diagonal composition that gives the story a strong sense of movement. An author's note explains the unlikely partnership between the author and the illustrator, a member of a traditional group of artisans known as Waghari. Scott's respect for the art form is reflected in his straightforward text, which tells the story clearly while leaving space for the artwork to shine. The one drawback is the incomplete source note, which states only that Kanchil is a "popular trickster from Indonesian and Malaysian folklore."—Rachael Vilmar, Easter Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD --Rachael Vilmar (Reviewed July 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 7, p72)
  • In Indonesian and Malaysian folklore, Kanchil the mouse deer (an animal about the same size as a rabbit) is a trickster character who usually outwits his fellow animals. Here he stars in a tale similar to Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare." In this third tale in Scott's series about the character (Mangoes and Bananas, 2006, etc.), Kanchil invites the other animals to a race. Surely he can run faster than Gajah the elephant, Babi the boar, Harimau the wicked tiger, Kerbau the water buffalo and Buwaya the crocodile, who has "fast moving jaws." When Kakatua, the scarlet macaw, announces the race, none of the animals enter, except for Pelan the snail. Pelan outsmarts Kanchil not once, but twice, but only the readers, not the animals, will ever find out how. Tara Publishing champions the talents of Indian folk artists and has paired this very accessible story with dramatic images in a specialized style originally used for Gujarati religious cloth paintings. Though there's no claim that this art style has any relationship to the original tale, it's an apt match. The book designer adapted the work to the printed page, keeping the intense blood red and ebony black. Each double-page spread takes on an exciting life of its own. A note provides background information on the tale, and an afterword tells the story of the illustrations with photographs of the original cloths. This unusual multicultural pairing packs a powerful punch. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10176574
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scott, Nathan Kumar
Dewey number
398.2/09598/6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Chitara, Jagdish
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Kanchil series
Series volume
3
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Folklore
  • Deer
  • Animals
  • Tricksters
  • Folklore
  • Deer
  • Animals
  • Tricksters
Target audience
primary
Label
The Great race : an Indonesian trickster tale, retold by Nathan Kumar Scott ; art by Jagdish Chitara
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
864174
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9789380340159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9789380340159
  • (OCoLC)760977782
Label
The Great race : an Indonesian trickster tale, retold by Nathan Kumar Scott ; art by Jagdish Chitara
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
864174
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9789380340159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9789380340159
  • (OCoLC)760977782

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