Cerita rakyat from West SumatraOnce upon a time, on the north coast of Sumatra lived a poor woman and his son. The boy was called Malin Kundang. They didn’t earn much as fishing was their only source of income. Malin Kundang grew up as a skillful young boy. He always helps his mother to earn some money. However, as they were only fisherman’s helper, they still lived in poverty. “Mother, what if I sail overseas?” asked Malin Kundang one day to his mother. Her mother didn’t agree but Malin Kundang had made up his mind. “Mother, if I stay here, I’ll always be a poor man. I want to be a successful person,” urged Malin kundang. His mother wiped her tears, “If you really want to go, I can’t stop you. I could only pray to God for you to gain success in life,” said his mother wisely. “But, promise me, you’ll come home.”In the next morning, Malin Kundang was ready to go. Three days ago, he met one of the successful ship’s crew. Malin was offered to join him. “Take a good care of yourself, son,” said Malin Kundang’s mother as she gave him some food supplies. “Yes, Mother,” Malin Kundang said. “You too have to take a good care of yourself. I’ll keep in touch with you,” he continued before kissing his mother’s hand. Before Malin stepped onto the ship, Malin’s mother hugged him tight as if she didn’t want to let him go.It had been three months since Malin Kundang left his mother. As his mother had predicted before, he hadn’t contacted her yet. Every morning, she stood on the pier. She wished to see the ship that brought Malin kundang home. Every day and night, she prayed to the God for her son’s safety. There was so much prayer that had been said due to her deep love for Malin Kundang. Even though it’s been a year she had not heard any news from Malin Kundang, she kept waiting and praying for him.After several years waiting without any news, Malin Kundang’s mother was suddenly surprised by the arrival of a big ship in the pier where she usually stood to wait for her son. When the ship finally pulled over, Malin Kundang’s mother saw a man who looked wealthy stepping down a ladder along with a beautiful woman. She could not be wrong. Her blurry eyes still easily recognized him. The man was Malin Kundang, her son.Malin Kundang’s mother quickly went to see her beloved son. “Malin, you’re back, son!” said Malin Kundang’s mother and without hesitation, she came running to hug Malin Kundang, “I miss you so much.” But, Malin Kundang didn’t show any respond. He was ashamed to admit his own mother in front of his beautiful wife. “You’re not my Mother. I don’t know you. My mother would never wear such ragged and ugly clothes,” said Malin Kundang as he release his mother embrace.Malin Kundang’s mother take a step back, “Malin…You don’t recognize me? I’m your mother!” she said sadly. Malin Kundang’s face was as cold as ice. “Guard, take this old women out of here,” Malin Kundang ordered his bodyguard. “Give her some money so she won’t disturb me again!” Malin Kundang’s mother cried as she was dragged by the bodyguard, ”Malin… my son. Why do you treat your own mother like this?”Malin Kundang ignored his mother and ordered the ship crews to set sail. Malin Kundang’s mother sat alone in the pier. Her heart was so hurt, she cried and cried. “Dear God, if he isn’t my son, please let him have a save journey. But if he is, I cursed him to become a stone,” she prayed to the God.In the quiet sea, suddenly the wind blew so hard and a thunderstorm came. Malin Kundang’s huge ship was wrecked. He was thrown by the wave out of his ship, and fell on a small island. Suddenly, his whole body turned into stone. He was punished for not admitting his own mother.
The Lonely Landy
One day, there was a porcupine named Landy. He was lonely. No one wanted to play with him, because they were afraid of his spike.
“Dear Landy. We don’t want to play with you because your spikes are too sharp. We don’t want you to hurts us,” said Cici the rabbit one day.
“Cici is right, Landy. It is not because you’re bad or rude to us, no, Landy. Just because of your spikes. They will stab us if we close to you,” said Tito the rooster.
Landy felt lonely. Landy spent most of the time day dreaming at the river bank, “I would be happy if there were no spikes on my body.”
Suddenly, Kuku the turtle appeared from the river. He came to Landy and said, “Landy, what are you thinking of?”
“Oh, nothing,” Landy replied.
“Don’t lie to me, Landy! Who knows I can help you,” said Kuku wisely. Then he sat beside Landy. He wasn’t afraid of Landy’s spikes.
Shortly, Landy told his problem. Kuku nodded his head. He said, “Poor you. But it isn’t your fault. I know, your spikes are very useful and helpful for you. They will realize it someday. Trust me!”
“Thanks, Kuku. You are my best friend.”
One day, Koko the frog held his birthday party. He invited all his friends, including Landy. But he decided not to come. He didn’t want to mess up the party.
“I’ll come with you Landy. I’ll tell everyone that you’re harmless,” said Kuku. Finally Landy attended the party. Everyone enjoyed it.
Suddenly Tito screamed, “Help….help.…! The evil wolf is coming. Save yourself!” Then, everyone saved their lives, except Kuku and landy. Kuku pulled his head and his leg into his shell. And Landy rolled his body into a ball.
Unintentionally, the evil wolf touched Landy. Of course, the spike pricked him. He screamed, “Ouch!” Since his foot was bleeding, he didn’t chase Landy’s friends any longer. Then, he ran away.
“Horray….horray….! Long live Landy! He saved our lives,” said Cici and her friends. They thanked him from then on. Landy wasn’t lonely anymore.

Suatu hari, ada seorang bernama landak Landy. Dia kesepian. Tidak ada yang ingin bermain dengannya, karena mereka takut lonjakan nya.
"Ya Landy. Kami tidak ingin bermain dengan Anda karena Anda terlalu paku tajam. Kami tidak ingin Anda menyakiti kita, "kata Cici kelinci satu hari.
"Cici benar, Landy. Ini bukan karena Anda buruk atau kasar kepada kami, tidak, Landy. Hanya karena paku Anda. Mereka akan menusuk kita jika kita dekat dengan Anda, "kata Tito ayam.
Landy merasa kesepian. Landy menghabiskan sebagian besar hari waktu bermimpi di tepi sungai, "Saya akan senang jika tidak ada paku di tubuh saya."
Tiba-tiba, Kuku kura-kura muncul dari sungai. Dia datang ke Landy dan berkata, "Landy, apa yang Anda pikirkan?"
"Oh, tidak," jawab Landy.
"Jangan berbohong padaku, Landy! Siapa tahu aku bisa membantumu, "kata Kuku bijak. Kemudian dia duduk di samping Landy. Dia tidak takut lonjakan Landy.
Tak lama, Landy mengatakan masalahnya. Kuku mengangguk kepalanya. Dia berkata, "Kasihan kamu. Tapi itu bukan salahmu. Aku tahu, paku Anda sangat berguna dan membantu bagi Anda. Mereka akan menyadari suatu hari nanti. Percayalah! "
"Terima kasih, Kuku. Anda adalah teman terbaik saya. "
Suatu hari, Koko katak mengadakan pesta ulang tahunnya. Dia mengundang semua teman-temannya, termasuk Landy. Tapi dia memutuskan untuk tidak datang. Dia tidak ingin mengacaukan pesta.
"Aku akan datang dengan Anda Landy. Aku akan memberitahu semua orang bahwa Anda tidak berbahaya, "kata Kuku. Akhirnya Landy menghadiri pesta. Semua orang menikmatinya.
Tiba-tiba Tito berteriak, "Bantuan .... membantu ....! Kejahatan serigala datang. Menyelamatkan diri! "Lalu, semua orang menyelamatkan hidup mereka, kecuali Kuku dan landy. Kuku menarik kepalanya dan kakinya ke dalam cangkangnya. Dan Landy digulung tubuhnya menjadi bola.
Secara tidak sengaja, serigala jahat menyentuh Landy. Tentu saja, lonjakan ditusuk dia. Dia berteriak, "Aduh!" Karena kakinya berdarah, dia tidak mengejar teman Landy lagi. Kemudian, dia lari.
"Horray .... Horray ....! Hidup Landy! Dia menyelamatkan hidup kita, "kata Cici dan teman-temannya. Mereka mengucapkan terima kasih dari saat itu. Landy tidak kesepian lagi.