These two books are a treasure chest of 76 classic Gypsy Folk Tales and Stories, and makes fascinating reading for those interested in folklore in general, but especially for those interested in the original Roma, or Gypsy, people.
Two unique volumes of Gypsy tales full of Gypsy mischief, adventure and romance containing 76 unique Gypsy folk tales from Turkey, Romania, Bukowina, Transylvania, Slovakia, Moravia, Bohemia, Poland, England, Wales and Scotland.
In book one you will find stories from Turkish, Romanian and Bukowina Gypsies and in book two tales from from Transylvania, Slovakia, Moravia, Bohemia, Poland, England, Wales and Scotland.
In book 2 you will find tales like The Vampire, The Gypsy and the Priest, Baldplate, The Deluded Dragon, The Jealous Husband, The Creation of the Violin, The Three Girls, Bobby Rag, De Little Fox, the Old Smith, The Princess and the Forester's Son and many, many more.
Francis Hindes Groome collated and published this collection in 1899, making only few changes and remaining true to the original stories, so to let the written story enchant us as if it were being told in the vernacular.
The stories are further enhanced by the numerous impressive black and white and colour illustrations recently completed by Maggie Gunzel the Dutch artist and illustrator who, unlike many illustrators of the 19th C. and 20th C, has stayed true to the subject matter.
A percentage of the net sale from this book will be donated to the RELIEF FUND FOR ROMANIA.
See the book's webpage for a full list of the 76 tales in this exquisite volume.
Francis Hindes Groome (30 August 1851 in Monk Soham, Suffolk - 24 January 1902 in London), son of Robert Hindes Groome Archdeacon of Suffolk. A writer and foremost commentator of his time on the Romani people, their language, life, history, customs, beliefs, and lore.
In October 1901, Francis Hindes Groome's library of books, letters, and manuscripts bearing upon the study of the Gypsies was purchased by the Boston Athenæum. The collection comprises over one hundred volumes, some which are rare, and others contain rare tracts and magazine articles. There are also Mr. Groome's own books with his marginal additions, over thirty volumes of manuscript notes, lectures, and his correspondence with M. Paul Bataillard, the eminent French student of the Gypsies, covering the years 1872-1880.
In book 1 of this series, Baba Indaba, the Ancient Zulu storyteller, tells the ancient African story of how the stars and the "Road of Stars" (the Milky Way) were formed by a maiden from the race of the "old people."
BUY ANY 4 OF BABA INDABA'S CHILDREN'S STORIES FOR $1
33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.
INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIES
Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps.
Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".
Edited by Nursery Rhyme Comics' Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.
The Lost Message,
The Monkey's Fiddle,
The Leopard, The Ram, And The Jackal,
The Lion, The Jackal, And The Man,
The Lioness And The Ostrich,
The White Man And Snake,
Tortoise Hunting Ostriches,
The Judgment Of Baboon,
When Lion Could Fly,
The Origin Of Death and many more.
It is with great thanks to James A. Honey that this volume was ever compiled. As a child during the 1960's I remember attending Infant and Junior School at Westville in South Africa and being told some of these stories in class.
As such, this book was especially republished to raise funds for the Westville Boys High Scholarship fund, where gifted but underprivileged South Africans are given a chance of first class high school education.
It is doubtful that Westville Infant School or Westville Junior school (now Westville Junior Primary and Westville Senior Primary) still have an original volume and it is unknown if these stories are still told in schools around South Africa.
It is therefore only fitting that this unique volume of South African Folk Tales be resurrected and brought back to life almost a century after they were first published so that they can benefit those South African children who, for a myriad of reasons, would not normally receive a full education.
Joh Halsted, author & publisher