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Where has gone our Sang Kancil and Nenek Kebayan?

Probably won’t be too much to state gone are the days where little children would gather in circle and completely entertained by the amusement of the story unfolds by a storyteller.

Back then, little children will never feel restless and bored by the absence of the picture & sound box as the sound they heard from is the sound of lively voices of the storyteller, narrates any legends and tall tales.

Can you still remember the story of Sang Kancil with Buaya or Sang Kancil with Monyet? How about Puteri Bongsu, Puteri Gunung Ledang where the Nenek Kebayan always appearing? We also have our own funny tales like Lebai Malang, Pak Pandir and the clever mischief boy Si Luncai.

Well, does your children know these figures and its tales? Guess they know well figures like Ben 10, B-Daman (SP?), Power Rangers and to the little girls, Disney Princess always win their hearts. Hemmm..well to them, who is Mahsuri and Badang anyway?

It is such a shame, the act of storytelling and the way we were being brought up knowing all those folk tales, legends is no longer pass down to the next generation. Instead, it is being replaced by Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen and Roald Dahl. We prefer getting them books by these authors rather seeking the original version of Sang Kancil stories.

I stumbled upon this book years ago when my eldest son, Hanafi was still a baby. Sadly, it is not written by Malaysian writers and the original version has been edited and it is different from the actual story I know. Anyway, at least there’s something, better than nothing.


It is kind of embarassing, that people from different cultures knows the stories of Sang Kancil. She even wrote a book about it. I found this when I attended her storytelling workshop year 2004. Glad that I had attended Cathy Spagnoli‘s workshop as she has provided tips and guidelines on becoming a professional storyteller. She herself is professional storyteller and tell stories for a living and she is so passionate about it.

Not long after that, I attended another storytelling workshop and she is professional as well and she was more close to home. Linda Fang, tells us magic stories of China and one of her books that I got is well written and worth to own it.

I love doing storytelling. Perhaps I might start a storytelling session or something like that…. What do you think?

I remembered that long ago, there’s one tv show, Cumi & Ciki if I’m not mistaken and there’s one segment on storytelling. If only this kind of show exist again. I mean it is good to educate the next generation about the beauty of storytelling and our heritage should be inherited by them. Not to be forgotten completely.

If you wonder why I emphasise so much about storytelling, do read up my previous chat =>
Storytelling : Benefits & ideas that parents must take note.

Hanz’s Note : I miss going to Jualan Gudang by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. There you can get plenty storybook of Malaysian folk tales. It’s too bad, that these kind of books is not so easily available at MPH or Kinokuniya Bookstores.

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February 18, 2010 - Posted by | Hanz on Random Matters, Lifestyle on Parenting, Notes on EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, Notes on READING and BOOKS

6 Comments »

  1. hanz, lullaby pun ramai dah guna english song kan? moga2 lagu cam pok amai2, cak cekur, buai laju2 tak dilupakan..by the way, ade satu lagu makcik i pernah ajar…taktau lah hanz atau org lain tau ke tak lagu ni :)sebuah pondok di dalam hutananak rusa di tingkap memandangseekor arnab berlari-laridan mengetuk pintu"tolong,tolong!" katanya"si peladang nak tangkap saya!""mari masuk ke dalam, bersukaria"….oppss..sori terpanjang lak 🙂

    Comment by CatlinaFly | February 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. great post! i have always been fascinated by malaysian folklore – as a child we were overseas a lot, and my parents told us lots of malaysian tales, and we would tell them back to our classmates, who would be so excited by the "new" story! this has reminded me that i have to do the same for my kids too…thanks ;)-adriana

    Comment by glam.mama | February 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Cat, me ada satu CD lagu dapat masa beli pampers..dalamnyer ada those lagu2 lullaby orang kita..classic tu..lama dah CD tu masa hanafi lagi…ermm..lagu tu me x pernah dengar..

    Comment by Hanz | February 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. Adriana, when my SIL off to Scotland last year, one whole family, we 'bekalkan' books like 365 Cerita Dongeng Malaysia by Othman Puteh for the kids & As I was passing by Adibah Amin for SIL. Hope they cherish their roots while being there.. :> ur mmost welcome.

    Comment by Hanz | February 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. k.hanz,i know the song that catlina fly mentioned! i know lots more actually.weh, u write a children book, i illustrate la. jom! buat duit.

    Comment by isabelle | February 19, 2010 | Reply

  6. Belle, betul ker ni? then boley masuk itu lagu dalam my book..apakah??? ;pMalay Enid Blyton in the making?

    Comment by Hanz | February 19, 2010 | Reply


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