Timun Mas and Tomcil  | children’s books, storytelling & stories for kids

One night, while they were praying, Tomcil saw a giant passed by their home. The giant heard them pray and said:

“Don’t worry. I can help you. But you must return the child to me on her 17th birthday.”

tomcil-storytelling-children-georgia-heron-body1Tomcil was almost home to see his mommy and his pap’s in Java, Indonesia when suddenly he got distracted by a butterfly that he chased all the way to the forest where he then met this husband and wife who were diligent farmers and always worked hard in the paddy fields.

They had been married for many years and were childless. Tomcil made up his mind to stay for a while hoping he could at least purr his sympathy. The couple was so happy to have Tomcil around, needless to say, they still wanted a two legged baby. Every day Tomcil joined them praying for a child.

One night, while they were praying, Tomcil saw a giant passed by their home. The giant heard them pray and said:
“Don’t worry. I can help you. But you must return the child to me on her 17th birthday.”
They were so happy that they did not think about the risk of losing their child later and agreed to every condition set by the giant. The giant gave them a few of cucumber seeds. The farmers took utmost care in planting the seeds.

Beauty-and-the-Beast-tomcil-storytelling-children-3Soon enough, the cucumber plants grew, Tomcil guarded the plants and made sure no one steal or eat them. Until one day Tomcil noticed a big golden cucumber grew in the plants. He came running and purr to the farmers asked them to pluck the ripened cucumber and cut it open. They were astonished to see a beautiful child inside the cucumber. They adopted the child as their own daughter and named her Timun Mas (Golden Cucumber). Timun Mas grew into a beautiful girl under

They were astonished to see a beautiful child inside the cucumber. They adopted the child as their own daughter and named her Timun Mas (Golden Cucumber). Timun Mas grew into a beautiful girl under Tomcil and her parents’ loving care.
On her 17th birthday, Timun’s parents remembered their promise and became very sad. They knew they had to keep their promise to the giant but they also did not want to lose their beloved daughter. They called Timun Mas aside and said:
“My daughter, take this bag and Tomcil with you, he would help saving you from the giant,” said the father.
“What giant? What do you mean, Father? I don’t understand,” said Timun Mas. The farmers narrated the story of her birth to Timun Mas.
Right then, the giant entered their house.
tomcil-and-cinderella-body-3“Meow .. Meow.. Meow ..!” Yelled Tomcil to Timun Mas to run with him to save her live.
The giant grew angry when he heard this. Timun Mas and Tomcil had started running. He ran after them. Tomcil looked behind and saw that the giant was getting closer and closer.
Tomcil meowed asking her to open the bag and threw a handful of salt at him. It became a sea. The giant had to swim to cross the sea. When Tomcil saw that the giant was near them again, Tomcil meowed asking her to open the bag and threw some chilly in his path. The chillies grew and formed a jungle blocking his way. The sharp thorns on the trees hurt the giant.

He cut away the trees and continued chasing Timun Mas and Tomcil. Then Tomcil meowed again asking her to take her third magic stuff. It was cucumber seeds. She threw them and they turned into a cucumber field. The giant’s legs were tangled in the cucumber creepers and he kept falling down.
Still the giant managed to escape and continued running after them. Tomcil meowed asking Timun Mas to search her bag again. She had one last magic stuff in the bag. It was a shrimp paste, terasi. She threw it at him and the terasi turned into a big swamp.

The giant tried to swim across the swamp. But he was very tired by now and drowned in the swamp and died. Seeing that the giant had met his end, Tomcil and Timun Mas were happy and went back home. Timun’s parents were happy to see their daughter return with Tomcil safely .

Now that the family was finally together again, it was time for Tomcil to go home to be together with his mommy and papi.

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