by Anon E Mouse

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 181

In this 181st issue of the Baba Indaba's Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the French story of "The Impossible Enchantment". A King decides it is time for him to marry and goes off in search of a suitable princess. One day riding through a forest, he sees a hundred huge Spanish cats rush through the trees close to them, so closely packed together that you could easily have covered them with a large cloak. They were closely pursued by two enormous apes, dressed in purple suits mounted on superb mastiffs. These were followed by twenty or more little dwarfs, some mounted on wolves, and leading relays, and others with cats in leash. Then he sees. In turn, these were followed by a beautiful young woman mounted on a tiger. She passed close to the king, riding at full speed and he was at once enchanted by her, and his heart was gone in a moment.
He finds out she is Princess Mutinosa and he goes in search of her father the King. A marriage is agreed despite his Equerry's warning that 'but to be really happy in love
something more than beauty is required. Married they return to his Kingdom where his wife turns out to be most disagreeable and sometimes even cruel.
One day she insults an old woman, who is really a fairy in disguise and punishes her unnecessarily. In doing so she brings the curse of the fairies on herself, her husband and her children.
In time Queen Mutinosa gives birth to a beautiful baby, Graziella. The child grows into a beautiful young woman and just as she reaches adulthood the fairies come and take her away for her mother's crimes against fairydom.
..................... Download and read this story to find out what happens to Princess Graziella. Is the spell broken or is she kept prisoner in her sea-shell castle for the rest of her life?


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".

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 the Middle East and 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, can be altogether quite different and seem to have originated on the whole from separate reservoirs of lore, legend and culture.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156709564
Publisher: Abela Publishing
Publication date: 07/08/2016
Series: Baba Indaba Children's Stories , #181
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,044,390
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

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 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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