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THE FORTUNE TELLER--A Turkish Gypsy Story

Baba Indaba Children's Stories--Issue 432 · Baba Indaba Children's Stories

by Anon E. Mouse Author · Narrated by Baba Indaba Author


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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 432
In this 430th issue of the Baba Indaba's Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Turkish Fairy tale of "The Fortune Teller".
A long, long time ago in Turkey there was once a widow who had three daughters. One spun cotton, the others sewed, and thus they earned their daily bread.

Once these girls saw a gipsy passing along the street, and said to each other: "Let us have our fortunes told." All agreeing, they called the old woman, who, having had her hand crossed with silver, said to the eldest of the sisters: "Thy kismet is at the bottom of a well." To the middle sister she said: "Thy kismet is in the cemetery"; and to the youngest she said: "Thy kismet is in shame." Having uttered these ominous words, the gipsy disappeared.

One day while the eldest girl was spinning, her thread broke, the spindle flew up ward, then fell and rolled over and over until it suddenly disappeared down the well. "Oh dear!" she exclaimed, "my spindle is in the well; help me to recover it." Her sisters bound a rope round her body and let her down the well........

What happened next you ask...? Did the rope break and did she manage to be pulled out of the well, or did something else entirely happen? And what of their Kismet (karma, fate, destiny, fortune?) To find the answers to these questions, and any 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".


10% 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.

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Baba Indaba Children's Stories


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