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It is from that donkey he obtains all his vast riches, and I am sure he will never give it to you. The king was both astonished and grieved at this new request, but did not hesitate an instant. The ass was sacrificed, and the skin laid at the feet of the princess. The poor girl, seeing no escape from the fate she dreaded, wept afresh, and tore her hair; when, suddenly, the fairy stood before her.

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Directly she was missed there was a great hue and cry, and every corner, possible and impossible, was searched. Then the king sent out parties along all the roads, but the fairy threw her invisible mantle over the girl when they approached, and none of them could see her.

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For her flight had been so hurried she had had no time to clean it. Tired and disheartened at her ill-fortune, she was wandering, one day, past the gate of a farmyard, situated just outside the walls of a large town, when she heard a voice calling to her. But by-and-by they got so used to the sight of it that it ceased to amuse them, and she worked so hard and so well, that her mistress grew quite fond of her. And she was so clever at keeping sheep and herding turkeys that you would have thought she had done nothing else during her whole life! One day she was sitting on the banks of a stream bewailing her wretched lot, when she suddenly caught sight of herself in the water.

It was the first time she had seen herself as other people saw her, and she was filled with shame at the spectacle. Then she threw off her disguise and jumped into the water, plunging in again and again, till she shone like ivory. When it was time to go back to the farm, she was forced to put on the skin which disguised her, and now seemed more dirty than ever; but, as she did so, she comforted herself with the thought that to-morrow was a holiday, and that she would be able for a few hours to forget that she was a farm girl, and be a princess once more. So, at break of day, she stamped on the ground, as the fairy had told her, and instantly the dress like the sky lay across her tiny bed.

Her room was so small that there was no place for the train of her dress to spread itself out, but she pinned it up carefully when she combed her beautiful hair and piled it up on the top of her head, as she had always worn it. When she had done, she was so pleased with herself that she determined never to let a chance pass of putting on her splendid clothes, even if she had to wear them in the fields, with no one to admire her but the sheep and turkeys.

Some food and milk were set before him in the garden, and when he felt rested he got up, and began to explore the house, which was famous throughout the whole kingdom for its age and beauty. He opened one door after the other, admiring the old rooms, when he came to a handle that would not turn.

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He stooped and peeped through the keyhole16 to see what was inside, and was greatly astonished at beholding a beautiful girl, clad in a dress so dazzling that he could hardly look at it. The dark gallery seemed darker than ever as he turned away, but he went back to the kitchen and inquired who slept in the room at the end of the passage. So he rode back to the palace, his head filled with the vision he had seen through the keyhole. All night long he tossed about, and awoke the next morning in a high fever. If it was ambition to be king, his father would gladly resign the cares of the crown, and suffer him to reign in his stead; or, if it was love, everything should be sacrificed to get for him the wife he desired, even if she were daughter of a king with whom the country was at war at present!

As long as he lives I shall remain the most faithful of his subjects! And as to the princesses you speak of, I have seen none that I should care for as a wife, though I would always obey your wishes, whatever it might cost me. It is the whim of a sick man, no doubt; but send at once and let her bake a cake. The attendant bowed and ordered a page to ride with the message. Then, locking herself into her room, she took the richest cream, the finest flour, and the freshest eggs on the farm, and set about making her cake. As she was stirring the mixture in the saucepan a ring that she sometimes wore in secret slipped from her finger and fell into the dough.

Bruce Berger does not so much write about the peninsula as a land mass, as about how the locale is defined for him by the amazing people he has encountered while living and traveling over the past 30 years in Baja. Although there are lyrical as well as quirky descriptions that vividly bring to the reader's eye a vision of the land, the environment, and the animals and plants of the area, Berger shines foremost in his capture of the memorable personalities and eccentricities of Baja natives and visitors.

His recounting of the tourist invasion of La Paz for the viewing of the total eclipse is by turns hilarious and moving, including a wild mix of Japanese amateur astronomers, enterprising Mexican nuns, ex-hippies, journalists, and a motley group of hangers-on. Trained as a musician, Berger's writing is as elegant and evocative as an etude by Chopin.

He also never fails to see the irony and humor inherent in life in this land that is "almost an island. San Diego: Sunbelt Publications. Covering a period of 15 years in the author's life, it reads more like a novel than a travelogue, full of self-discovery and romance, but at the same time chronicles her growing knowledge of Baja, its towns and natural history, but most particularly, its people. Bowen, Thomas. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Did they exist? An ethnohistorical look at whether a strange, legendary group of Seri Indians once existed on San Esteban Island, distinct from the Seris of Tiburon.

The book explores the history of the Midriff Islands, the coming of the Europeans and their activities in the Gulf from the 16th to the 20th century, the oral history of modern Seris and archaeological evidence found on San Esteban Island. Who were these San Esteban Seris? Why did the Europeans not detect them?

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Cannon, Ray. The majority of this book is a collection of black and white as well as color photos, although there is some accompanying text. The book is divided into sections covering each region of Baja. Many of the descriptions reflect Ray Cannon's personal and colorful adventures while fishing or hunting with friends, including hair-raising descriptions of being caught in the Sea of Cortez during chubascos, and having bobcats leap over his sleeping bag one night near Bahia Escondido.

Although the information about accommodations and transportation to Baja is obviously out-of-date, the photographs are enjoyable in their own right, and the text follows a conversational, easy-to-read style. A classic Baja "picture book. Cody and Exequiel Ezcurra, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

A collection of studies and surveys of the physical and biological aspects of the islands in the Gulf of California, including a few articles on the history of scientific exploration, human impact and ecological conservation in the area. Edited by SDNHM's former Director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias Exequiel Ezcurra, the emphasis is on the biological data, with articles on plants, insects, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and food webs.

One quarter of the book consists of appendices—tables of species distribution and census data. This is a completely revised version of the volume Island Biogeography in the Sea of Cortez , also held in the library. Crosby, Harry. A beautiful book about the "thousands of brilliant cave paintings" still to be found in central Baja California. Crosby takes us on a journey through the caves and canyons, with detailed descriptions, travelogue, and large photo illustrations.

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There are numerous guides to Baja, designed specifically for the occasional tourist, of which this is as good a representative as any. Although this guide has the typical listings of restaurants and accommodations by specific towns, about a third of the text features background information on everything from Baja's flora and fauna, history, language, customs, food, to immigration and customs. Of a small, compact size that can fit easily in a backpack or suitcase, this book is nevertheless quite comprehensive as a brief introduction to Baja for visitors.

Dedina, Serge. From devil-fish to tourist attraction. This slim volume traces the history and politics of gray whale conservation in Mexico, with a particular focus on San Ignacio Lagoon and Magdalena Bay.

Dedina argues that "in Mexico, gray whale conservation is a microcosm of national, regional and local politics" and provides an interesting perspective on the unusually successful effort to revive a once-threatened and now well-beloved species Gardner, Erle Stanley. Gardner, the prolific lawyer-turned-writer of Perry Mason fame, lived in southern California and in was able to do what few Americans before him had done: he drove down the entire Baja peninsula and recorded his experiences in his book, The Land of Shorter Shadows.


From that time on, Gardner, along with various friends and fellow-adventurers explored Baja, using all kinds of vehicles-including airplane, helicopter, boat and even a type of hybrid motorcycle. Gardner's books on Baja, written in typical "tough-guy," fast-paced style, show how most "gringos" exploring the peninsula during this time viewed Baja, as a place of escape and high adventure, with perhaps less regard for the fragility of the landscape and associated biota or for the intrinsic value of its natural history.

Hunting the Desert Whale describes his adventures in Scammon's Lagoon where he ventured with 7 or 8 others, including a reporter from Newsweek magazine, to photograph whales. Illustrated with black and white photos of the trip. Grismer, L.