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The Tiny Boy and Other Tales from Indonesia


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Murti Bunanta is a pioneer in Indonesia, working to promote the reading habit and the quality of children s literature. She is the first person to receive a doctorate from the University of Indonesia using research in children s literature as the topic for her dissertation. She is also the founder and president of the Society for the Advancement of Children s Literature (Kelompok Pencinta Bacaan Anak, established in 1987), a non-profit organization that promotes activities to develop children s reading in Indonesia.
Murti is the founder and president of the Indonesian chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (INABBY). She organized the highly successful Motorbike Libraries in Aceh Province and other areas that suffered disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. They are now used by organizations all over the country when there is a disaster, and Murti can often be found traveling with the Motorbike Libraries, reading to children within days of an earthquake.
Hardiyono is a graduate of the Indonesia Fine Art Academy. His illustrations have appeared in more than two dozen books. Also a renowned glass painter, Arabic calligrapher and sculptor, he has received various awards for his work and was the first winner of the children s book illustration contest held by INABBY (Indonesian Board on Books for Young People) in 1991. In 2008 he was named to the IBBY Honour List for Masarasenani dan Matahari (Masarasenani and the Sun).


"When Princess Kemang came to the river, it was infested with crocodiles, and she could not cross.
'Princess, now your life, too, comes to an end. You will be our meal.'
'Crocodile, ' the princess replied, 'I understand that you are big and strong. But I can fight a thousand crocodiles.'"
from the book"

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