THE FAIRY MOTHER - A Greek Fairy Tale: BABA INDABA?S CHILDREN'S STORIES - Issue 287

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 287

In this 287th ÿissue of the Baba Indaba?s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Greek fairy tale ? ?THE FAIRY MOTHER?.

Many years ago on the island of Crete, or Creta, a young boy named Kapetanakis was orphaned. From the time that he was quite young, he would climb to the highest hill of the Pseloretes, named Thanatorahe or Death's Hill, where he would sit for hours playing his lyre under the deep-blue Cretan sky and gazing down at the gray-blue sea that gives to Crete its name of the Blue Island. Sometimes the maidens of the village would leave their work to listen to his music which filled all the lands of Crete. The villagers might have supposed him an eagle, so high would he sit on the Thanatorahe, but they all knew him and gave him not a moment's thought.

One noon in autumn while he was lying half asleep in the dark shadows of the fir trees near the Onerovreshe, the Spring of Dreams, he heard singing, the music of flutes and the throbbing of a drum from somewhere among the hills. He sat up. "Perhaps," he thought, "someone is coming to me at last and I shall not be lonely anymore." The sounds drew nearer and he saw to his amazement three strange maidens, with long veils that sparkled with gems. Their dresses were of some silvery, silken fabric and their golden sandals were adorned with jewels whose gleam seemed to flash to the opposite shore.

This again happened and on the third day, Kapetanakis chased and caught the garment of one of the maidens and found himself confronted by a woman of exquisite beauty. Caught by a mortal, the fairy maiden consented to become his wife.

But can mortals and magical beings really co-exist, for it is written that they should never live in each other?s worlds? Here then is the story of Kapetanakis and his fairy wife Agnoste and their life in the hills of Crete.

Did Agnoste?s family come back for her? And what of Kapetanakis? Could his fairy love really leave him behind? Well, you?ve have to download and read this story to find out for yourself.

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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".

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About the author

The Baba Indaba Children's Stories, published by Abela Publishing, often uses folklore and fairy tales which have their origins mists of time. Afterall who knows who wrote the story of Cinderella, also known in other cultures as The Little Glass Slipper, or Cenerentola (Italian),ÿ Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre (French), Aschenputtel (German), Tattercoats and Cap o? Rushes (English), or Conkiajgharuna (Georgian). There is still debate as to whether the story originated in Egypt or China. So who wrote the original? The answer is simple. No-one knows, or will ever know, so to assume that anyone owns the rights to these stories is nothing but nonsense. As such, we have decided to use the Author name "Anon E. Mouse" which, of course, is a play on the word "Anonymous".

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Abela Publishing Ltd
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Feb 7, 2017
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30
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English
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Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Social Science / Folklore & Mythology
Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 288

In this 288th ÿissue of the Baba Indaba?s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Indian fairy tale of ?THE SNAKE PRINCE?.

An poor old lady checked her larder and found she only had enough rice for one last meal. Resigning herself to her fate, she puts her last cake of soap into her only possession of note, a bronze bowl, before going to the river to have a final wash, for she did not want to found dead and dirty. She covered her bowl with a towel and set off on the final journey of her life.

After washing in the Brahmaputra river, she picked up her towel and was astonished to see a snake curled up in the bowl. After drying off she noticed that snake had not vacated the bowl and so she covered the snake walked on home.

At home she took the towel off the bowl and shook out the contents. She was astonished to find a beautiful necklace fall onto her table with her cake of soap. She peered into the bowl and found it was empty.

The next day she petitioned the king and sold the necklace to him for a tidy sum. No longer would she go hungry, nor want for some of the niceties of life.

Knowing the necklace was valuable, the king locked the necklace in a secure chest and placed it in his vault.

A month or two later they a messenger arrived from a neighbouring kingdom with an invitation to attend a festival and banquet to celebrate the birth of a daughter. This made the king very sad for he and his wife had been trying to have children for a while and had been unsuccessful. However, his wife said, ?let not our sadness also be the sadness of our friends.? Then she said to the messenger ?Of course we will attend,? and dismissed the messenger with the message.

Preparations were put in place for the state visit. Elephants were acquired and their cupola?s were prepared and decorated. Dresses and clothing were taken out of wardrobes and packed in trunks with balls of hardened camphor and other perfumes to prepare them for the long journey ahead.

At the last moment the King goes to his vault to retrieve the necklace he bought from the old lady. Taking the key from around his neck he knelt to unlock the trunk. When he opened the trunk he got the surprise of his life??..! And this is where our story really begins.

What did he find you ask? Download and read the story of THE SNAKE PRINCE to find out what the King found in his trunk and how it changed his life forever.

ÿBUY ANY 4 BABA INDABA CHILDREN?S STORIES FOR ONLY $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" geographic challenge 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".

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 216

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In this 216th issue of the Baba Indaba?s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the European story of Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty?s father, a merchant, has a run of bad fortune, he loses all his ships in storms at sea, their house burns down and they lose almost all their possessions and are forced to move to cheaper dwellings, a small country in the cottage.

One day a messenger arrives saying, against the odds, one ship has survived and Beuaty?s father was to hasten to the port at once. But things were not as optimistic as he had hoped. He returns home in the middle of winter just as broke as he was before.

With night overtaking him as he trudged home through the snow, he mistakenly takes a wrong path and he found himself in an avenue of trees, at the entrance of which he halted and rubbed his eyes. For no snow had fallen in this avenue, and the trees were tall orange-trees, planted in four rows and covered with flowers and fruit. At the end of the avenue, straight in front of him, rose a magnificent castle in many terraces. The merchant rode around to the stable courtyard, which he found empty; and there, with half-frozen hands, he unbridled and stabled his horse. Within the doorway he found a staircase of agate with balusters of carved gold. He mounted it and passed through room after room, each more splendidly furnished than the last. They were deliciously warm, too, and he began to feel his limbs again. But he was hungry.

Feeling wary he sits on a comfortable chair and presently dozes off. A while later hunger pains awaken him and he opens his eyes to see a table with meats and wines upon it. Having fasted for more than twenty-four hours, and lost no time in falling-to. He hoped that he might soon have sight of this most hospitable entertainer, whoever he might be, and an opportunity of thanking him. No sooner had he given fancy to the thought than a hideous Beast appeared who started reaching out towards him??..

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You are invited to download and read the story of Beuaty and the Beast. Find out what the outcome of the merchant?s encounter with the Beast was?

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

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INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIES

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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.

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Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".

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Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 292

In this 292nd issue of the Baba Indaba?s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the story, ?THE DANCING WATER, THE SINGING APPLE, AND THE SPEAKING BIRD?, an Eastern European Fairy Tale.

An Eastern European King had a habit of going about the streets at night, and listening at the doors to hear what the people said of him. So one night he listened at the door of the house where the three sisters lived, and heard them disputing. The oldest said: "If I were the wife of the royal butler, I could give the whole court to drink out of one glass of water, and there would be some left."

The second said: "If I were the wife of the keeper of the royal wardrobe, with one piece of cloth I could clothe all the attendants, and have some left."

But the youngest daughter said: "Were I the king's wife, I would bear him two children: a son with a sun on his forehead, and a daughter with a moon on her brow."

The king went back to his palace, and the next morning sent for the sisters, and said to them: "Do not be frightened, but tell me what you said last night." The oldest told him what she had said, and the king had a glass of water brought, and commanded her to prove her words. She took the glass, and gave all the attendants some water to drink, and still there was some water left. "Bravo!" cried the king, and summoned the butler. "This is your husband.?

?Now it is your turn," said the king to the next sister, and commanded a piece of cloth to be brought, and the young girl at once cut out garments for all the attendants, and had some cloth left. "Bravo!" cried the king again, and gave her the keeper of the wardrobe for her husband.?

"Now it is your turn," said the king to the youngest. "Please your Majesty, I said that if I were the king's wife, I would bear him two children: a son with a sun on his forehead, and a daughter with a moon on her brow."

"If that is true," replied the king, "you shall be my queen; if not, you shall die," and straightway he married her.

This story recounts what happened after the three marriages took place. Did the youngest give birth to two children, a son with a sun on his forehead, and a daughter with a moon on her brow? And what of the wife of the Royal Butler, and the wife of the Royal Wardrobe keeper? What was the outcomes of their marriages? Did all three live happily ever after, as such stories usually end this way? And what of the King?

Well, to find the answers to your questions, you?ll have to download and read this story to find the answers to these and whatever questions you may have.

BUY ANY 4 BABA INDABA CHILDREN?S STORIES FOR ONLY $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".

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 300

In this 300th ÿissue 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.

BUY ANY 4 BABA INDABA CHILDREN?S STORIES FOR ONLY $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".

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