Gecko's Complaint by Ann Martin Bowler
A Balinese Folktale

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Featured as a "Top Pick" on, Gecko's Complaint tells the story of a Gecko who once lived on the island we now call Bali, in a jungle dense with flowers and vines. After hundreds of fireflies disturb Gecko's sleep, he complains to kindly Raden, the jungle's lion leader. In his efforts to get to the bottom of Gecko's troubles, Raden discovers all too much complaining and far too many irritable animals. Can Raden help the animals with their troubles? Can peace and happiness return to the jungles of Bali?

A simple yet absolutely delightful Balinese folktale, this bilingual edition, which features both English and Indonesian text, is a perfect introduction to the true spirit of Bali. The Indonesian island of Bali has a strong art and storytelling tradition—folktales that have been passed down from generation to generation. As a nation with over 18,000 islands, Indonesia has hundreds of traditional languages and cultures, each with myths and legends to tell. With its backdrop of volcanoes, earthquakes, dense jungles, diverse wildlife and people, it is not surprising that Indonesia is rich with fabulous, imaginative tales.

About Ann Martin Bowler

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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. Sukanada has been paiting since he was 11 years old. Trained by local artists, he paints in a traditional Balinese style, using acrylic paint, pen, and ink.
Published October 30, 2012 by Periplus Editions. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Raden interrogates Rain, he has an epiphany about Rain's importance to the jungle, then commands the animals, "Quit your complaining!

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They responded by blaming another animal, who blamed another, who blamed another…well, you get the picture…until the water buffalo blamed the rain.

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