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THE ELF MAIDEN - A Norse Fairy Tale: Baba Indaba Children's Stories - Issue 252

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 252
In this 252nd issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the story of “THE ELF MAIDEN”.
Two young men living in a small village fell in love with the same girl. During the winter, it was all night except for an hour or so about noon, when the darkness seemed a little less dark, and then they used to see which of them could tempt her out for a sleigh ride with the Northern Lights flashing above them, or which could persuade her to come to a dance in some neighbouring barn. But when the spring began, and the light grew longer, the hearts of the villagers leapt at the sight of the sun, and a day was fixed for the boats to be brought out, and the great nets to be spread in the bays of some islands that lay a few miles to the north. Everybody went on this expedition, and the two young men and the girl went with them.
They all sailed merrily across the sea chattering like a flock of magpies, or singing their favourite songs. And when they reached the shore, what an unpacking there was! For this was a noted fishing ground, and here they would live, in little wooden huts, till autumn and bad weather came round again.
Then it came time to leave and pack the boats. The more cunning of the two sets a ruse of forgetting his knife in the hut. While his friend goes off to fetch the knife, the others set sail and leave him marooned.
With no way of getting back, he makes his way to a copse of trees on the far side of the island and starts setting up camp. But that’s when the fun starts……
What happens to the boy? Does he last the winter? And what of the Elf Maiden? Where does she fit in to the story? Well you’ll just have to download and read the story to find these things out for yourself.

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

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

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