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The STORY of the INVISIBLE KINGDOM - A European Fairy Tale for Children: Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories - Issue 351

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Length: 35 pages16 minutes

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 351
In this 351ST issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Fairy Tale "THE STORY OF THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM”.

ONCE upon a time, long, long ago and far, far away, in a little house half-way up the mountain-side, and about a mile from the other houses of the village, there lived with his old father a young man called George. There was just enough land belonging to the house to enable the father and son to live free from care. Behind the house was a wood with oak trees and beech trees so old that no-one knew who had planted. In front of the house was a broken mill-stone. Anyone sitting on the stone would have a wonderful view of the valley down below, with the river flowing through it, and of the mountains rising on the other side of the river. In the evening, George often sat here for hours at a time dreaming. The people of the village named him "George the Dreamer."

The older he grew, the more silent he became. Still he sat on the broken mill-stone, and looked down into the lovely valley, and watched the evening mists come into the valley and slowly climbed the mountains, and how it became darker and darker, until at last the moon and the stars appeared in the sky, a wonderful feeling came into his heart. Then the waves of the river began to sing. They sang of the mountains, and of the sea and the nixies who lived far down at the bottom of the river. Then the forest began to rustle, and it would relate the most wonderful tales. It was truly a wonderful valley! But it was only George the Dreamer who heard and saw all this.
One day as he sat on the mill-stone and thought that he was quite alone in the world, and soon he fell asleep. Then he dreamt that he saw, hanging down from the sky, a golden swing, which was fastened to two stars by silver ropes. In the swing sat a charming Princess, who was swinging so high that each time she touched the sky, then the earth, and then the sky again. Each time the swing came near the earth, the Princess clapped her hands with joy and threw George the Dreamer a rose. But suddenly the ropes broke, and the swing, with the Princess, flew far into the sky, farther and farther, until at last he could see it no longer.
Then he woke up, and when he looked round, he saw a great bunch of roses lying beside him on the mill-stone. And so began Geoge’s quest. The quest to find the Princess on the swing.
Where did he go, what did he do? What happened to George? Well many things happened, some silly and some serious, but did George find his princess? Well, to find the answers to these questions, and others you may have, you will have to download and read this story to find out!

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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