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Title: Babes in the wood
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 Material Information
Title: Babes in the wood
Physical Description: 14 p. : ill. ; 31 x 25 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Nesbit, E ( Edith ), 1858-1924
Nister, Ernest ( Publisher )
Publisher: E. Nister
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: c1896
 Subjects
Subject: Fairy tales -- 1896   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1896
Genre: Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
 Notes
Summary: A variation on the Babes in the Wood folktale where the children don't die in the forest but are rescued by fairies and spend the rest of their lives in Fairyland.
General Note: Cover title.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00083189
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002256912
oclc - 05905674
notis - ALK9695

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    The babes in the wood
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Pages 6-7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Back Cover
        Page 16
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