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Celebrate the magical power of storytelling
"If its wonders youll be after, it wont be far that youll have to go."
The heart of Donal ODonnell, like his farmhouse door, has been bolted shut since the day his son died. So when he returns from tending his puck goats in the freezing sleet of a winter storm to find three peddlers huddled at his hearth, he is furious with his wife, Sorcha.
But then, one by one, the peddlers begin to tell their tales—tales of marvels and mystique—and slowly Donal ODonnell and Sorcha begin to experience a wonder greater than they had ever hoped for.
The story of this wonder is told in the interweaving of four traditional Irish tales with illustrations full of magic and mystery.
When Donal O'Donnell returns from tending his goats to find three peddlers at his hearth, he is furious with his wife. One by one, the peddlers tell their tales of marvels and mystique. Donal and his wife then experience a wonder greater than they had ever hoped for. Full-color illustrations.
About the Author
Gary Schmidt is the author of Mara’s Stories: Glimmers in the Darkness. A college professor, Gary, his wife, and their six children live on a farm in Alto, Michigan.
Loren Long received glowing praise for his illustrations in My Dog, My Hero, written by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers. The recipient of two gold medal awards from the Society of Illustrators, he lives with wife and two sons in Cincinnati, Ohio.