Gecko's Complaint

Gecko's Complaint

by Ann Martin Bowler, I. Gusti Sukanada, I Gusti Made Sukanada, I. Gusti Sukanada
     
 

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Filled with delightful characters and vivid illustrations, Gecko�s Complaint is a story about those who are all too ready to see the faults of others while turning a blind eye to their own shortcomings. The story begins when a well-fed gecko complains to the royal lion Raden about being kept awake by fireflies. The king of the jungle sets out

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Filled with delightful characters and vivid illustrations, Gecko�s Complaint is a story about those who are all too ready to see the faults of others while turning a blind eye to their own shortcomings. The story begins when a well-fed gecko complains to the royal lion Raden about being kept awake by fireflies. The king of the jungle sets out on a tour of his domain. Every animal he encounters seems to have a complaint about one of his neighbors. Only after speaking to the Rain does Raden find a solution to the problems. Children�s book writer Ann Martin Bowler�s retelling of a classic Balinese folktale is accompanied by the work of veteran illustrator, I Gusti Made Sukanada. Gecko�s Complaint introduces children to Balinese culture and delights young readers.

Author Bio:

Gecko's Complaint is teacher-turned-writer Ann Martin Bowler's fourth book for children. She lives with her family in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

Bali native I Gusti Made Sukanada has been painting since he was 11 years old. Trained by local artists, he paints in a traditional Balinese style, using acrylic paint, pen, and ink. His work has been shown in many countries around the world. He lives with his family in the Banjar Tengah, Gianyai, Bali.

Editorial Reviews

Bali Advisor
Gecko's Complaint is a sparkling retelling of a classic Balinese folktale. — Bali Advisor

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In an unremarkable retelling of a Balinese folktale, a cast of irritable animals offers lessons in forbearance. Gecko complains to Chief Raden, the lion in charge of the jungle, that the fireflies keep him awake. Raden's investigation reveals the fireflies' nocturnal flashing is a response to Woodpecker's noise, itself a warning about Black Beetle's unsanitary habit of rolling the dung of Water Buffalo. For his part, Water Buffalo offers this odd defense: "Rain makes huge potholes in the jungle path. I leave my dung on the pathway to fill up these holes, making it easier for all to travel." As Raden interrogates Rain, he has an epiphany about Rain's importance to the jungle, then commands the animals, "Quit your complaining! Go home and live in peace with one another!" Painted in what the jacket describes as a traditional Balinese style, the acrylic, pen and ink illustrations seem flat and static. Although intriguingly composed, the jungle scenes suffer from inconsistent draftsmanship. Rabbits sport strangely elongated snouts; Raden's haunches appear unnaturally long and rounded; his mane changes color from spread to spread. Such distractions dilute the already lukewarm message. Ages 6-9. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Kept awake one night by flashing fireflies, Gecko complains to the jungle's lion chief. Raden questions the fireflies in an effort to resolve Gecko's troubles, but the fireflies blame Woodpecker's incessant tapping for their misbehavior, and the cycle continues until Raden finds himself atop the highest peak, questioning the Rain itself. From his mountaintop vantage point, Raden sees the importance of Rain to every jungle creature and recognizes his folly. He returns home to chastise the whiny animals-"Quit your complaining! Go home and live in peace with one another!" Bowler retells this folktale in simple, yet skillful prose. Sukanada's acrylic paint, pen, and ink illustrations show leafy landscapes saturated with color, and have depth and beauty. Unfortunately, this lovely art seems hemmed in by the book's smallish format, and the absence of any notes indicating sources or cultural context limits the book's usefulness for cross-cultural comparison. Although Gecko's Complaint is not an essential purchase, its Balinese roots and accessible story line may sufficiently recommend it to libraries collecting multicultural folktales.-Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780794601652
Publisher:
Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Edition description:
First Tuttle Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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