Here’s my latest picture book, Puteri Gunung Ledang, written in Bahasa Malaysia (Malay Language).
I know the story of the Princess from Mount Ledang has appeared in books, movies, and plays— but I still want to feature the story, in my own words.
I am telling it in a different perspective; in an angle as if I myself was standing behind the Princess, so close that I can convey her feelings. This contrasts with many stories, especially those written for children, where the Princess is rather passive. Indeed, the original story was likely told to show how great and powerful the Sultan of Melaka was. Although he didn’t win her hand, it was not because he lacked the power but because he was conscious of his duty towards his heir and country.
The story is told in poetry which gives it drama and pathos, suitable for a play. This is definitely one book to add to your collection if you are a fan of folktales and a collector of picture books.
I use the motifs of Malaysian batik sarongs but however, unlike the bright colours of batik, I use primarily red, yellow, grey and white, resulting in a subdued effect.
I am taking this opportunity to acknowledge the editor, Datuk Hjh Zaiton Ajamain.
You can preview the book and/or buy online at: Puteri Gunung Ledang, Oyez Book Store.
Alternatively, you can buy offline from Silverfish Book Store, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar, KL.