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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 (Jakarta:Penerbit Djambatan, 1990). The story also is retold by Balinese storyteller Made Taro in his "Lagu-Lagu Permainan Traditional Bali" (Denpasar:Upada Sastra, 1999). 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. The tale includes folklore motifs: J2102 Expensive means of getting rid of insects, and Z40 Chains with interdependent members. In this tale I hope for Gecko's call to echo that of the Indonesian wall gecko's nightly call of TOK-keh!


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