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By Alexander McCall Smith

A fowl that may be milked? a guy with a tree growing to be out of his head? a lady with young children made up of wax? allow Alexander McCall Smith once more take you and your children to a land the place the unusual is daily and magic is actual, with extra illustrated tales from the woman Who Married A Lion, his social gathering of African folktales.

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