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The Islands of Magic

Elsie Spicer Eells

Book Overview: 

LEGENDS, FOLK AND FAIRY TALES FROM THE AZORES. Some three-fourths of the distance between America and Europe there is a group of nine beautiful islands called the Azores which belong to Portugal. Their names are Flores, Corvo, Fayal, Pico, S. Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, S. Miguel, and Santa Maria. Many people think them to be the mountain peaks of the submerged continent, Atlantis, which long ago was covered by the ocean

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rocks and tossing them about as lightly as if they had been rubber balls.

"Good day," said Longstaff. "What is your name?"

"My name is ROCKHEAVER," replied the other. "You can see for yourself that I am very strong. I've heard, however, that there is somebody stronger than I am. His name is LONGSTAFF, I am told."

"That happens to be my name," said Longstaff, "and this is my friend Pinepuller. You are just the man to complete our little party. Won't you join us as we travel about the country?"

Rockheaver accepted the invitation with glee and the three friends journeyed on together from that hour. Everywhere they went they had everything their own way because of their great strength.

The three friends journeyed on together

One day Longstaff, Pinepuller and Rockheaver sat on a rock by the sea. Suddenly they spied two pretty girls tossing glass balls back and forth and catching them. They . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a great collection fo short fables that are set in this magical location. Many of the stories are reminisicent of other well known fables but nonetheless, they have their own qualities and take different turns and twists. I particularly enjoyed the story about the pretty girl who disguise...more

Very pleasant!

I enjoyed every moment reading these tales of old! Fables of old. A wonderful collection from a place that fairy tales come true!

Would you believe Atlantis?

Yes, one of the origin stories of the Azores lists Atlantis as the predecessor of the Azores! The rest is a mix, oldies but goodies, some origin of customs and animals, and some pro forma stories.