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Atchuwitlas the Face-Changer

I had been expecting the young man who came to me with his ruined, scarred face. I knew he would want a face-change. I suspected that the freckled mask hanging on my wall would be the right fit for him, so I took it down and hid it. Then I showed him all the other...

Mirror of the Spellbound Princess

I sit on the dresser in the dark room of a spellbound princess. When she picks me up, I reflect her beauty, as it is in truth. She weeps when she sees herself. She is reminded of everything she knows to be true. Yet to others she appears as a decrepit old woman....

Enchanted Knife

If you hold me up in a meadow so that the sun shines on my blade, the whole meadow will be lit up by my rays, and the horses in the meadow will approach of their own free will. I can cut through brass. I am no ordinary knife, not when I am in the hands of the fellow...

Lion Mother

A man came along through the woods, and we sprang out of the bushes. I roared loudly and bounded toward him. I meant to eat him but he and stooped and spread a cloth on the ground. The cloth was woven by the little people, and it is revered by us all. My mate and I...

Ugly Duckling

I had gone through many trials through the winter. I had suffered loneliness and the frigid cold, but nothing and no one was crueler to me than my own kind. It was very difficult for me to forget the old mother duck who said, “Have you ever seen anything quite...