Baba Indaba Children's Stories

Book 39
Abela Publishing Ltd
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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 39

In Issue 39 of the Baba Indaba Children's Stories, Baba Indaba narrates the Norse legend of the wolves Skoll (repulsion) and Hati (hatred) and how, and why, they each chase the moon and the sun across the sky ensuring night follows day.

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.

This book also has an educational component with "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".

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About the author

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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Abela Publishing Ltd
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Jul 3, 2016
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Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables / Norse
Social Science / Folklore & Mythology
Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
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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.


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".


THERE is at least one spot in the world where Fairies are still believed in, and where, if you look in the right places, they may still be found, and that is the little island from which these stories come Elian Vannin, or the Isle of Mann.

But they are never called Fairies by the Manx, instead  they are called the Little People. These Little People are not the tiny creatures with wings who flutter about in many European Fairy tales, but they are small persons from two to three feet in height, much like Ireland’s leprechauns – and why not? Ireland is but a ferry-ride away across the Irish Sea.

Herein are 45 fairy and folk tales about the other-worldly, Little People of the Isle of Mann. The stories in this volume are:
The Buggane  Of Glen Meay Waterfall
How The Manx Cat Lost Her Tail
The Making Of Mann
The Coming  Of Saint Patrick
How The Herring Became King Of The Sea
The Silver Cup
The Child Without A Name
The Fairy Doctor
Joe Moore’s Story  Of Finn Maccooilley  And The Buggane
The Fynoderee – An Old Song
The Fynoderee Of Gordon
The Lhondoo And The Ushag-Reaisht
Billy Beg, Tom Beg, And The Fairies
The Lazy Wife
The Mermaid Of Gob Ny Ooyl
The Lost Wife Of Ballaleece
The Fairy Child  Of Close Ny Lheiy
The Little Footprints
The Tall Man Of Ballacurry
Ned Quayle’s Story Of The Fairy Pig
Scene: A Village
Teeval,  Princess Of The Ocean
The Wizard’s Palace
The Enchanted Isle
Three Stories About Birds
The Moddey Doo  Or The  Black Dog Of Peel Castle
Little Red Bird
Tehi Tegi
John-Y-Chiarn’s Journey
A Bad Wish
The Witch  Of Slieu Whallian
The Old Christmas
The Buggane  Of St. Trinian’s
King Magnus Barefoot
Manannan Mac Y Leirr
The Cormorant  And The Bat
Caillagh-Ny-Faashagh,  Or The Prophet Wizard
The City Under Sea
An Ancient Charm  Against The Fairies

It is said the little people of Mann wear red caps and green jackets and are very fond of hunting indeed they are most often seen on horseback followed by packs of little hounds of all the colours of the rainbow. They are rather inclined to be mischievous, and sometimes spiteful, and that is why they are called by such good names, in case they should be listening!

If you look hard enough, you may also find the Fynoderees and the Bugganeswho are totally different to the Little People..

So download this eBook and sit back with a steaming hot beverage and be prepared to be entertained for hours.

KEYWORDS/TAGS: Folklore, fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales, story, children’s stories, bedtime, fables, culture, cultural, Isle of Man, Manx, Themselves, Buggane, Glen Meay, Waterfall, Manx Cat, no Tail, Making Of Mann, Coming  Of Saint Patrick, Herring, King Of The Sea, Silver Cup, Child, Without A Name, Fairy Doctor, Joe Moore, Story  Of Finn Maccooilley, Fynoderee, Old Song, Gordon, Lhondoo, Ushag-Reaisht, Billy Beg, Tom Beg,  Lazy Wife, Mermaid, Gob Ny Ooyl, Lost Wife, Ballaleece, Smereree, Kebeg, Close Ny Lheiy, Little Footprints, Tall Man, Ballacurry, Ned Quayle, Fairy Pig, Village, Kitterland, Teeval,  Princess Of The Ocean, Wizard’s Palace, Enchanted Isle, Birds, Moddey Doo, Black Dog, Peel Castle, Little Red Bird, Tehi Tegi, John-Y-Chiarn, Journey, Bad Wish, Witch, Slieu Whallian, Old Christmas, St. Trinian, King Magnus Barefoot, Manannan Mac Y Leirr, Cormorant, Bat, Caillagh-Ny-Faashagh,  Prophet Wizard, City Under Sea, Ancient Charm, Against Fairies
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