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February 2020 Reading List: Indonesian Cultural Festival

Orangutans, elephants, and geckos, oh my! This Sunday, February 9, CMA partners with Gamelan Dharma Swara to present performances and interactive workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts of Indonesia. In the meantime, enjoy a curated reading list of Indonesian children’s books from Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of Hudson Public Library. Learn more about the Indonesian Cultural Festival here and purchase tickets in advance to skip the line!

All About Indonesia: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids written and illustrated by Linda Hibbs
Introduces Indonesia, describing its history, geography, culture, everyday life, educational system, cuisine, language, and religion, as well as discussing traditional regional costumes, music, and dance.

Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life by Jan Reynolds
Photo-essay exploring the cultural and environmental aspects of traditional Balinese rice farming, a model of sustainable food production.

Go To Sleep, Gecko! A Balinese Folktale retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Geraldo Valério
Retells the folktale of the gecko who complains to the village chief that the fireflies keep him awake at night but then learns that in nature all things are connected.

The Great Race: An Indonesian Trickster Tale retold by Nathan Kumar Scott, illustrated by Jagdish Chitara
An adaptation of an Indonesian folktale about Kanchil the mouse deer and Pelan the snail.

Orangutan Orphanage written and photographed by Suzi Eszterhas
Invites readers inside the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine in the South Pacific jungles of Borneo. It explores why baby orangutans become orphaned and the process of healing and rehabilitating them for return to the wild.

Run, Elephant, Run: An Indonesian Rainforest Adventure written and illustrated by Patricia MacCarthy
When a storm bursts through the rainforest, Little Elephant can’t find his mother anywhere. And now a tiger is coming his way … An exciting adventure set in the Indonesian rainforest, with 36 rainforest creatures to spot along the way.

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This program is presented in partnership with Gamelan Dharma Swara, a New York City-based gamelan and dance group dedicated to the traditions of Balinese performing arts and committed to exploring new music.

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