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A Story From: Scotland
Read Time: ["16 to 20mins"]
For Ages: 8 to 10yrs.

A Scottish folk tale of a mother's fierce love for her baby ("bairn").
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Retold by Elaine L. Lindy. ©2007. All rights reserved.


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