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For old and young alike—eight alluring stories full of whimsy, appeal and magic: "The destiny of the youngsters of Lir," "The Shepherd of Middvai," "Beth Gellert," "The story of Ivan," "Morraha," "The tale of Deirdre," "The Llanfabon Changeling," and "The Sea-Maiden." Reset in huge, easy-to-read kind.

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