Mangoes & Bananas

KS1: ages 5-7KS2: ages 7-11Book

Kanchil the mouse deer and his friend, Monyet the monkey, plant some trees and look forward to eating their fruit. When they are finally ripe, Monyet climbs the trees to pick them. But once he gets up there, Monyet can’t resist eating all the fruit by himself – and Kanchil can’t resist getting even.

The book brings together two different Asian cultures. It is a humorous re-telling of one of the best-loved trickster tales in Indonesian and Malaysian folklore – Kanchil is a frequent character in shadow puppet plays. And it is beautifully illustrated in the traditional Kalamkari style of textile painting from southeast India. So as well as appreciating the animals’ tricks, children can also enjoy the pictures.

The story is suitable for ages 4 to 7, but older students could also use it as a basis to research trickster tales from different cultures, and experiment with their own versions of the artwork. There is background information at the end of the book about both of these cultural dimensions.

 

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