Little Barong wants to follow Big Barong to his performance.
But Big Barong says he doesn't need any help from Little Barong. After all, he is mightier, fiercer, stronger and smarter than Little Barong.
In the meantime, while following Big Barong, Little Barong is distracted by the peacock feathers that fall off Big Barong's costume. He picks them up and starts to dance. He gains an appreciative audience who cheer him, much to Big Barong's disconcertment.
Finally, they become friends and perform a grand performance!
At the end of the book is a page of factual information about Barong performances.
There isn't much text in this book but the illustrations tell the story effectively. It introduces a traditional cultural performance in a way that children can enjoy without going into too much details. With the help of the facts page, parents and teachers can give children more background on the Barong.
Ary Nilandari is a published author of children's books, young adult as well as adult novels. She is also a trainer and conducts writing classes.
Dewi Tri K believes that knowledge and research with passion make great illustrations. Her illustrations for Pertunjukan Besar Barongan Kecil was shortlisted for the Nami Concours 2015 and she won the Scholastic Asian Picture Book Award, 2015 for her book, Pandu, the Ogoh-Ogoh Maker.
This book is published by Litara Foundation
Softcover, 28 pages, 24 x 21.5cm