THE MASTER AND HIS PUPIL - A Danish Folk Tale: Baba Indaba Children's Stories - Issue 105

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 105

In issue 105 of the Baba Indaba Children's Stories, Baba Indaba narrates A Danish folk tale of THE MASTER AND HIS PUPIL. An old wizard takes on an apprentice and over time the apprentice learns all the knowledge necessary to apply his trade. But having knowledge is one thing. Knowing how to use it, and use it responsibly is another. .…… Download and read this story to find out what happened to the Master and his apprentice.




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, on map. 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".


It is believed that folklore and tales are believed to have originated in India and made their way overland along the Silk and Spice routes and through Central Asia before arriving in Europe. Even so, this does not cover all folklore from all four corners of the world. Indeed folklore, legends and myths from Africa, Australia, Polynesia, and some from Asia too, are altogether quite different and seem to have originated on the whole from separate reservoirs of lore, legend and culture.

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The Baba Indaba Children's Stories, published by Abela Publishing, often use 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 Tattercoats or Conkiajgharuna. 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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May 7, 2016
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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".

Anon E Mouse
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.
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Herein you will find 20 tales, from the Emerald Isle. There are seven bardic romances like, The Children of Lir, The Secret Of Labra, The Vengeance Of Mesgedra and five more besides. Also contained herein are thirteen legends, each a tale in itself, tracing the life of Finn mac Cumhal from boyhood through adulthood including the The Birth Of Oisín and his Visit To The Land Of Youth only to return to find that his father, Finn, had fallen at the battle of Brea three hundred years before. Lastly, The History Of King Cormac is recounted from the time of his birth, his judgement, marriage, disappearance and his death.


The 16 Georgian style, color plates by Stephen Reid (1873 – 1948) portray scenes from these tales and are exquisite and sumptuous in their color and detail.


The two most conspicuous figures in ancient Irish legend are Cuchulain, who lived in the reign of Conor mac Nessa immediately before the Christian era, and Finn son of Cumhal, who appears in literature as the captain of a military order devoted to the service of the High King of Ireland during the 3rd century. As such, this volume is mainly concerned with the exploits of Fin mac Cumhal and the Fianna of Erinn.


The romantic tales retold here belong neither to the category of folk-lore nor of myth, although most contain elements of both. They belong to the bardic literature of ancient Ireland, a literature written with an artistic purpose by men who possessed in the highest degree the native culture of their land and time.


Once again, you’re invited to curl up with a unique piece of ancient Irish folklore and let the Gift of the Irish enchant and captivate you. This volume has not been seen in print for over one hundred years—don’t miss this golden opportunity.


TAGS: High Deeds Of Finn, Bardic Romances, Ancient Ireland,  Children Of Lir, Quest, Sons Of Turenn, Secret Of Labra, King Iubdan, King Fergus, Carving Of Mac Datho's Boar, Vengeance Of Mesgedra, Story Of Etain And Midir, How Ethne Quitted Fairyland, Boyhood Of Finn Maccumhal, Coming Of Finn, Finns Chief Men, Tale Of Vivionn The Giantess,  Chase Of The Gilla Dacar, Birth Of Oisín, Oisín In The Land Of Youth, History Of King Cormac, Birth Of Cormac, Judgement Of Cormac, Marriage Of King Cormac, Instructions Of The King, Cormac Sets Up The First Mill In Erinn, Pleasant Story Of Cormac's Brehon, Judgement Concerning Cormac's Sword, Disappearance Of Cormac, Description Of Cormac, Death And Burial Of Cormac, celtic folklore, celtic fairytales, celtic myths, celtic legends, childrens stories, Irish myths, Irish legends, Irish folklore, Irish tales

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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

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This extraordinary volume contains 33 old and forgotten folk and fairy tales including stories like The Magic Mirror, The Ugly Duckling, The Goldsmith’s Fortune, The Enchanted Wreath, The Clever Cat and many, many more. These stories originate from Jutland, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Scotland, Denmark and various European countries.
The stories are brought to life by illustrations from H J Ford. Herein are 8 full page colour plates, 19 full page pen and ink drawings and a further 33 in-text vignettes.

There was a time when the president of the Folk Lore Society believed it was not acceptable for the editors of the day, in particular Mr Andrew Lang and Mr. Joseph Jacobs, to publish fairy books. Their reply was that they did not see any harm in it, and they were ready to 'put themselves on their country,' and be tried by a jury of children.  And so they were proving the President of the FLS wrong.
This book also 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.  If ever you are near Nether Lochaber, go to the Fairy Hill, and you may hear the music your-self, as grown-up people have done, but you must go on a fine day. 
If fairies really do not exist, why do so many people believe in them, the world over?  The ancient Greeks, the old Egyptians, the Hindus, the Chinese, the Africans and even the Native Americans claim to have seen them and it is unlikely that so many different peoples would have seen and heard them? 

The Editor cannot say 'good-bye' without advising children, as they pursue their studies, to read The Rose and the Ring, by the late Mr. Thackeray.  He believes this book is quite indispensable in every child's library, and parents should be urged to purchase it at the first opportunity, as without it no education is really complete.
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The EASY READING edition of the epic 3,182 line poem especially retold for children and young adults by Strafford Riggs. If you ever just wanted to know the story of Beowulf without having to plough through the 3,182 lines of the epic poem, then this book is for you, because here it has been retold in the form of an easy reading novel aimed at children and young people.


Set in the time when men were knighted for achieving great feats, and great the feats of Beowulf were. Dismissed by the King’s Earls as clumsy, lazy and a sluggard, he was also shunned by his peers for his strength and prowess with the sword and spear. On hearing of the monster Grendel, he announced his intention to sail for the Daneland to prove his worth and prove his accusers wrong. And this he did, killing not only the monster Grendel but also its evil monster-mother. On his return home he was proclaimed the greatest hero of the North by the very same who condemned him. In time he becomes king of Geatsland and an extended period of prosperity follows, ended only by a flame-breathing, steam belching dragon. Once again our hero sallies forth. Once again the dragon is defeated, but this time so is our hero.


The Saga of Beowulf was written in Olde England, but set in Scandinavia. It has variously been dated to between the 8th and the early 11th centuries. In its original form it is an epic poem told in historical perspective; a story of epic events and of great people of a heroic past.


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


TAGS: Beowulf, Viking, norse, epic, saga, action, adventure, heroes, Scandinavia, daneland, northern kingdom, grendel. Monster, mother, geatsland, steam belching, dragon, fire breathing, flame breathing, acid belching,

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