A FURL OF FAIRY WIND by Mollie Hunter


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Four brief, gracefully managed encounters with magical beings--a bit conventional for the likes of Hunter but enchanting enough from another mortal. The first and least original tells how ""The Brownie"" raises hell for the skeptical new farmwife until she learns to put out his porridge each night; ""The Enchanted Boy"" dreams of fairyland until the fairy queen somehow relents and breaks the spell; ""Hi Johnny"" is a friendly peddler who makes a good trade with the fairies and learns in the process to value his merry life over gold; and the title story has a plain servant girl earn her place in the family (and acquire a bonnie smile) when she bravely saves the baby from being switched for a changeling. Though Gammell's foggy gray illustrations could do with a touch of humor, the four tales make a charming, nicely varied introduction to Gaelic lore.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Harper & Row