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Ayu and the Perfect Moon

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About the Story

The full moon rises over the palm trees of a small Balinese village as a young girl, Ayu, performs the traditional Indonesian dance, the Legong. 

Be transported into the heart of Balinese village life, as you hear elderly dance instructor Ayu's story of her childhood experiences. The thudding drums, banging gongs, tinkling gamelan and the bamboo flute create a truly atmospheric background to this wonderfully cultural story about traditional Balinese music, dance and village life.

Written beautifully by award-winning author David Cox, Ayu and the Perfect Moon is a story to be treasured.

Ria Soemardjo was a natural choice as storyteller for this book. Born in Melbourne of Australian/Indonesian descent, Ria is a skilled performer of songs in the highly refined and soulful Javanese classical tradition. We're sure you'll agree her reading is both sensitive and beautiful.


*captions available.

*included in the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge K-2 list
*included in the VIC Premier's Reading Challenge EC-2 list
*included in the SA Premier's Reading Challenge R-2 list

Story Details



David Cox


    Ria Soemardjo


    Walker Books, Australia, 2011


Celebration / Event, Community, Cultural Diversity, Family Life, NSW PRC, SA PRC

Suitable for

Lower Primary (5-8yrs), Middle Primary (8-10yrs), Upper Primary (10-12yrs)



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