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The Mouse Deer and the Tigers single work   children's fiction   children's   myth/legend  
Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 The Mouse Deer and the Tigers
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'Kanchil, a cunning little mouse deer, outsmarts the tigers who visit the island of Borneo, a part of Indonesia, to demand food. They are so frightened by what they are told that they never return. Even today people do not often see a tiger on the island of Borneo' (source: contents page).


  • This work is told first in English and then in Bahasa Indonesian.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it is a re-telling of a traditional Indonesian story, and contains text in (Bahasa) Indonesian.

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Language: English , Indonesian
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Folktales from Australia's Children of the World Susanne Ferrier (illustrator), Jo Anne Hook (illustrator), Penelope Janic (illustrator), Roger Janovsky (illustrator), Giulietta Stomann (illustrator), John Petersen (illustrator), Andrew Parnell (illustrator), Alan White (illustrator), Charlotte Thodey (illustrator), Sydney : Ure Smith , 1979 Z1462947 1979 anthology prose children's dreaming story myth/legend A collection of thirty-three folktales from diverse national cultures that have contributed to Australia's heritage. Each tale is presented in English and followed by the language of the story's origin. The stories have been collected from community groups across Australia but makes no claims to the significance of the collection to identifying multiculturalism in Australia. The project was initiated by M.J.R. MacKellar, Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs at the time of production and Federal Liberal M.P. for the Division of Warringah from 1969-1994. MacKellar states in the 'Foreword': 'Children are a unifying element in any society, but their involvement in a country such as Australia, where people come from so many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, is of paramount importance. Not only are children a catalyst in drawing together all members of our society, but they are the future leaders and builders of the richly varied society that Australia is becoming. In building our nation, an understanding and appreciation of each other's background is vital.' Sydney : Ure Smith , 1979 pg. 48-51
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  • Borneo, Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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