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Gecko: A Balinese Folktale

Gecko: A Balinese Folktale


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Subject ArtsDrama, Visual Arts
Grade Level Grades 6-8

About This Lesson

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Miriam Mills, tells the story of Gecko: A Balinese Folktale (adapted by Miriam Mills). Note: This story was inspired by "Go to Sleep, Gecko!" by Margaret Read MacDonald (2006) and a Balinese tale in "Folk Tales from Bali and Lombok" by Margaret Muth Alibash. The story also is retold by Balinese storyteller Made Taro in his "Lagu-Lagu Permainan Traditional Bali" . In Made Taro's version, a woodpecker begins the tale and the chief is a lion, rather than a human. Illustrator, Geraldo Valèrio, made an artistic decision to depict the village head as an elephant.


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