Father Bear and Bobby Bear - A Baba Indaba Children's Story - Howard B Famous - ebook

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 402In this 402nd  issue of the BABA INDABA’S CHILDREN'S STORIES series by Baba Indaba narrates the story of Bobby Bear and Father Bear.An allegory for teaching young children, young Bobby Bear starts to grow up and his father decides it’s time to teach him how to fend for himself. He learns all about foraging for corn, honey and fish from his wise and strong Father Bear. He also learns how to avoid danger in the form of wolves.Like all human children, he learns that despite being out all day, he has to still help around the house when he gets home. He also learns that when his mother calls in the morning it’s time to get up and that pulling the covers over his head and pretending he didn’t hear, does not change her message.He also puzzles over a cryptic message whispered in his ear!But what is the message and how is he going to decipher it?Well you’ll have to download and read the story to find out what the message is. Maybe you can decipher the message.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.See the 385+ Baba Indaba Children's stories on Google Play. Search for "Baba Indaba Children’s Stories" or using the ISSN "2397-9607" to get the full list.33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIESTAGS:Baba Indaba, Father of Stories, Children’s, Folklore, Fairy, Folk, Tales, bedtime story, legends, storyteller, Bobby Bear, Father Bear, learn, lessons of life, corn, fish, honey, grow up, help, house, cryptic message

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Father Bear andBobby BearA Children’s Story

ByHoward B. FamousFULLY ILLUSTRATEDOriginally Published By Western Printing & Lithographing Co.Racine, Wis.[circa 1925]

Resurrected ByAbela Publishing, London[2017]Baba Indaba Children’s Stories


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Baba Indaba Children’s Stories

ISSN 2397-9607

Issue 402





An Introduction to Baba Indaba

Baba Indaba, pronounced Baaba Indaaba, lived in Africa a long-long time ago. Indeed, this story was first told by Baba Indaba to the British settlers over 250 years ago in a place on the South East Coast of Africa called Zululand, which is now in a country now called South Africa.

In turn the British settlers wrote these stories down and they were brought back to England on sailing ships. From England they were in turn spread to all corners of the old British Empire, and then to the world.

In olden times the Zulu’s did not have computers, or iPhones, or paper, or even pens and pencils. So, someone was assigned to be the Wenxoxi Indaba (Wensosi Indaaba) – the Storyteller. It was his, or her, job to memorise all the tribe’s history, stories and folklore, which had been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. So, from the time he was a young boy, Baba Indaba had been apprenticed to the tribe’s Wenxoxi Indaba to learn the stories. Every day the Wenxoxi Indaba would narrate the stories and Baba Indaba would have to recite the story back to the Wenxoxi Indaba, word for word. In this manner he learned the stories of the Zulu nation.

In time the Wenxoxi Indaba grew old and when he could no longer see or hear, Baba Indaba became the next in a long line of Wenxoxi Indabas. So fond were the children of him that they continued to call him Baba Indaba – the Father of Stories.

When the British arrived in South Africa, he made it his job to also learn their stories. He did this by going to work at the docks at the Point in Port Natal at a place the Zulu people call Ethekwene (Eh-tek-weh-nee). Here he spoke to many sailors and ships captains. Captains of ships that sailed to the far reaches of the British Empire – Canada, Australia, India, Mauritius, the Caribbean and beyond.

He became so well known that ship’s crew would bring him a story every time they visited Port Natal. If they couldn’t, they would arrange to have someone bring it to him. This way his library of stories grew and grew until he was known far and wide as the keeper of stories – a true Wenxoxi Indaba of the world.

Baba Indaba believes the tale he is about to tell in this little book, and all the others he has learned, are the common property of Umntwana (Children) of every nation in the world - and so they are and have been ever since men and women began telling stories, thousands and thousands of years ago.

Location of KwaZulu-Natal (shaded in red)

Where in the World? Look it Up!

This next story was told to him by a traveller who heard it whan he passed through the town of Zarnesti. Can you find Zarnesti on a map? What country is it in?


Father Bear andBOBBY BEAR

A Children’s Fairy Tale

A story, a story

Let it come, let it go

A story, a story

From long, long ago!

Umntwana Izwa! which means Children Listen!

Umntwana, this story is from a long, long time ago and far, far away, from an expanse of land which is bordered by the Carpathian Mountains to the north, the Serbia and Hungary to the west, Bulgaria to the South and the Black Sea to the East. It stretches from the Pannonian Plain in the West, to the Danube Delta in the East. Today we call this land Romania. Our story goes thus………