GYPSY FOLK TALES - 2 illustrated books AT WHOLESALE RATES 60% OFF: Folklore, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends from around the World

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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.

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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.

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 100

In this the 100th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates one of the most famous German fairytales - “Hansel and Grettel”


Hansel and Grettel’s mother has died leaving their poor woodcutter father to bring them up. Because he is out of the house all day he really cannot care for them, so makes a marriage of convenience with a widow from a nearby village. But is the marriage so convenient after all?


The woman turns out to be mean and nasty and with money in short supply, the widow suggests to the woodcutter leaving Hansel and Grettel in the forest so there would be more to go around. But she would, wouldn’t she. After all they’re not her children…….


The woodcutter reluctantly agrees. Twice he tries but cannot leave his young children to fend for themselves against the elements. However, the mean wife forces his hand on the third attempt and Hansel and Grettel are left to take care of themselves.


But does the whole situation turn out as bad as it sounds?

You’re invited to download and read the whole story of Hansel and Grettel and their escapades with the witch of the forest.



33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.




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".

What is a Saga? A Saga is a story, or telling in prose, sometimes mixed with verse. There are many kinds of Sagas with varying degrees of truth. There are the mythical Sagas, the historical Sagas of the kings of Norway, and then there are Sagas relating to Iceland narrating the lives, the feuds and the ends of mighty chiefs who dwelt in the districts of the island. These were told by men who lived on the very spot, and told with an exactness as to time and place. The Saga of Njal is one of these. Of all the Sagas relating to Iceland, this tragic story bears away the palm for truthfulness and beauty. To use the words of one well qualified to judge, it is, when compared with all similar compositions, as gold to brass. In this Saga we learn of the sad story of Njal's fate, Gunnar's peerlessness and Hallgerda's infamy, of Bergthora's helpfulness, of Skarphedinn's hastiness, of Flosi's foul deed, and Kari's stern revenge. To tell a story truthfully was what was looked for from all men in those days; but to tell it properly and gracefully, and to clothe the facts in fitting diction, was given to few, and of those few the Saga teller who first threw Njal into its present shape, was one of the first and foremost. As for truthfulness, there are many other Sagas relating to the same period in which the actors in our Saga are mentioned by name and in which their deeds are corroborated. But, of all the Sagas, none were so interesting as Njal, whether as regarding the length of the story, the number of ranking chiefs who appeared in it as actors and the graphic way in which the tragic tale is told.

The 35 tales in the Grey Fairy Book are derived from many countries—Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, and other regions of the world.

Herein you will stories like, The Sunchild, An Impossible Enchantment, What came of picking Flowers, The Magician's Horse, Lazarus and the Draken (Dragon), The Story of the Queen of the Flowery Isles, The White Wolf, The Street Musicians, A Fairy's Blunder, Prunella and many more.

They have been translated and adapted by Mrs. Dent, Mrs. Lang, Miss Eleanor Sellar, Miss Blackley, and Miss Lang and further enhanced by the 32 full page illustrations and the oh, so many more, in text vignettes, by H. J. Ford. The stories, as usual, illustrate the method of popular fiction. A certain number of incidents are shaken into many varying combinations, like the fragments of coloured glass in the kaleidoscope.

This book contains many references to fairies. As to whether there are really any fairies or not, is a difficult question.  Andrew Lang never saw any himself, but he knew several people who have seen them-in the Highlands - and heard their music.  So, if ever you are near Nether Lochaber, go to the Fairy Hill, and you may hear the music your-self, but you must go on a fine day……

TAGS: Folklore, Fairy Tales, myths, legends, children’s stories, bedtime stories, folk tales, Donkey Skin, Goblin Pony, Impossible Enchantment, Story of, Dschemil and Dschemila, Janni and the Draken, Partnership, Thief and the Liar, Fortunatus, Purse, Goat-faced Girl, What came of picking Flowers, Bensurdatu, Magician's Horse, Little Gray Man, Herr Lazarus, Draken, Queen of the Flowery Isles, Udea, Seven Brothers, White Wolf, Mohammed, Magic Finger, Bobino, Dog, Sparrow, Three Sons of Hali, Fair Circassians, Jackal and the Spring,Bear, Sunchild, Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch, Laughing Eye and Weeping Eye, Limping Fox, Unlooked, Prince, Simpleton, Street Musicians, Twin Brothers, Cannetella, The Ogre, Fairy's Blunder, Long, Broad, Quickeye, Prunella

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 300

In this 300th  issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the French Fairy Tale – “THE RIDICULOUS WISHES”.

ONCE upon a time, long, long ago and far, far away there lived a poor woodcutter who life very hard. Indeed, it was his lot to toil for little guerdon, and although he was young and happily married there were moments when he wished himself dead and below ground.

One day while at his work he was again lamenting his fate.

"Some men," he said, "have only to make known their desires, and straightway these are granted, and their every wish fulfilled; but it has availed me little to wish for ought, for the gods are deaf to the prayers of such as I."

As he spoke these words there was a great noise of thunder, and Jupiter appeared before him wielding his mighty thunderbolts. Our poor man was stricken with fear and threw himself on the ground.

"My lord," he said, "forget my foolish speech; heed not my wishes, but cease thy thundering!"

"Have no fear," answered Jupiter; "I have heard thy plaint, and have come hither to show thee how greatly thou dost wrong me. Hark! I, who am sovereign lord of this world, promise to grant in full the first three wishes which it will please thee to utter, whatever these may be. Consider well what things can bring thee joy and prosperity, and as thy happiness is at stake, be not over-hasty, but resolve the matter in thy mind."

Having thus spoken Jupiter withdrew himself and made his ascent to Olympus. As for our woodcutter, he blithely corded his faggot, and throwing it over his shoulder, made for his home.

Well, what were the first three wishes the woodcutter made? Were they wise and well thought out or did he wish out of anger and revenege?

Download and read this story to find out, and look for the moral at the end.


33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.


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".


THE STORIES in this collection were recorded from the lips of over sixty negro story-tellers in the remote country districts of Jamaica during two visits to the island in the summer of 1919 and the winter of 1921. The role of Anansi, the trickster spider, is akin to the Native American Coyote and the (Southern African) Bantu Hare.


Herein you will find 149 Anansi tales and a further 18 Witticisms. The stories are categorised into Animal Stories, Old Stories (chiefly of sorcery), Dance and Song and Witticisms. You will find stories as varied in title and content as “The Fish-Basket”, “The Storm“, “The King's Two Daughters”, “The Gub-Gub Peas”, “Simon Tootoos”, “The Tree-Wife” and many, many more unique tales.


In some instances, Martha Warren Beckwith was able to record musical notation to accompany the stories. As such you will find these scattered throughout the book. In this way the original style of the story-telling, which in some instances mingles story, song and dance, is as nearly as possible preserved.


Two influences have dominated story-telling in Jamaica, the first an absorbing interest in the magical effect of song which far surpasses that in the action of the story; the second, the conception of the spider Anansi as the trickster hero among a group of animal figures. "Anansi stories" regularly form the entertainment during wake-nights, and it is difficult not to believe that the vividness with which these animal actors take part in the story springs from the idea that they really represent the dead in the underworld whose spirits have the power, according to the native belief, of taking animal form. In the local culture, magic songs are often used in communicating with the

dead, and the obeah-man who sets a ghost upon an enemy often sends it in the form of some animal; hence there are animals which must be carefully handled lest they be something other than they appear. The importance of animal stories is further illustrated by the fact that animal stories form the greater part of this volume.


33% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to Sentebale, a charity supporting children orphaned by AIDS in Lesotho.

These 38 Norwegian folk and fairy tales of elemental mountain, forest and sea spirits, have been handed down through the generations by hinds and huntsmen, woodcutters and fisher-folk, who led hard and lonely lives amid primitive surroundings are, perhaps, among the most fascinating the Scandinavian countries have to offer. Not only are they meant to delight children, and this they do not fail to do. “Grown-ups” who also, who take pleasure in a good story, will enjoy this book as well.
Here you will find stories which are well told. Readers will enjoy the original legend of “Peer Gynt” as it existed before Ibsen gave it more symbolic meaning. You will also find a glowingly, beautiful picture of an Avalon of the Northern seas described in “The Island of Udröst.” And what could be more human and moving than the tragic “The Player on the Jew’s-Harp,” or none more genuinely entertaining than “The King’s Hares”? The thrill and fascination of black magic and mystery run through such stories as “The Secret Church,” “The Comrade,” and “Lucky Andrew.” In “The Honest Four-Shilling Piece” we have the adventures of a Norse Dick Whittington. “Storm Magic” is one of the most thrilling sea tales, bar none, ever written, but every story included in the volume seems to bring with it the breath of the Norse mountains.
One cannot but believe that “The Book of Norwegian Fairy Tales” has an appeal for one and all, since it is a book in which fairy-tales mirror and reflect human yearnings and aspirations, human loves, ambitions and disillusionments, in an imaginatively festooned world. It is the translator’s hope that those who may come to know this book will derive as much pleasure from its reading as it gave him to translate it into English.

Table of Contents:




List Of Illustrations


I Per Gynt

II The Isle Of Udröst

III The Three Lemons

IV The Neighbor Underground

V The Secret Church

VI The Comrade

VII Aspenclog

VIII The Troll Wedding

IX The Hat Of The Huldres

X The Child Of Mary

XI Storm Magic

XII The Four-Shilling Piece

XIII The Magic Apples

XIV Self Did It

XV The Master Girl

XVI Anent The Giant Who Did Not Have His Heart

        About Him

XVII The Three Princesses In Whiteland

XVIII Trouble And Care

XIX Kari Woodencoat

XX Ola Storbaekkjen

XXI The Cat Who Could Eat So Much

XXII East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon

XXIII Murmur Goose-Egg

XXIV The Troll-Wife

XXV The King’s Hares

XXVI Helge-Hal In The Blue Hill

XXVII The Lord Of The Hill And John Blessom

XXVIII The Young Fellow And The Devil

XXIX Farther South Than South, And Farther

            North Than North, And In The Great Hill

            Of Gold

XXXX Lucky Andrew

XXXI The Pastor And The Sexton

XXXII The Skipper And Sir Urian

XXXIII The Youth Who Was To Serve Three Years

               Without Pay

XXXIV The Youth Who Wanted To Win The Daughter

               Of The Mother In The Corner

XXXV The Chronicle Of The Pancake

XXXVI Soria-Moria Castle

XXXVII The Player On The Jew’s-Harp


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