[PW] Project-wombat Digest, Vol 83, Issue 5

Stacey Marien smarien at american.edu
Wed Mar 23 11:34:13 PDT 2016

This is it!  thank you so much, my friend is thrilled


Stacey Marien
Acquisitions Librarian
American University Library
smarien at american.edu

On Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:50 PM, susan scatena <vloglady at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I checked with a friend in Maine, an ex-teacher. She checked with several
> people and had this suggestion:
> My best guess would be --
> The Enchanted an Incredible Tale by Elizabeth Coatsworth originally
> published in 1951.
> A homey, deep dish fantasy set way up in Maine. When David Ross bought his
> farm, he would not take seriously the legends about the enchanted region
> which encroached upon his land. Legend and loneliness were forgotten,
> however, as soon as Mr. and Mrs. Perdry and their covey of sons and
> daughters flock like good neighbors to visit him and help him. In spite of
> the fact that the plump, charming daughters look exactly alike, it is Molly
> who singles herself out to love and be loved by David. Marriage to Molly,
> Molly's terrible inner conflict of which David is scarcely aware, her
> disappearance, and several odd events reveal to David the Perdrys' secret.
> For the Perdrys, you see, are not people.... I also checked with a couple
> other Maine librarians and they were in agreement that this was probably
> the one.  Great story!
> A friend has asked for help in finding this book.  Here is her description
> I read it probably 20 years ago and I think it was old at the time. It is
> either a Maine Indian tale or perhaps a folklore tale from Quebec. It takes
> place in a forested region where the men work logging. The subject is a
> lady who would prefer to be an animal, a quail if I remember right. She
> only retains these properties if she lives in that region. She becomes a
> quail during the day and a woman at night.
> Does this ring a bell for anyone?

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