The Elves and the Shoemaker

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A poor shoemaker's shop is blessed with a nightly miracle: scraps of leather left on the worktable mysteriously become beautiful shoes that sell immediately the next day! When the shoemaker and his wife discover who has been bringing them good fortune, they show their gratitude by leaving a special Christmas gift.

A pair of industrious elves bring prosperity to a kindly shoemaker and his wife.

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Overview


A poor shoemaker's shop is blessed with a nightly miracle: scraps of leather left on the worktable mysteriously become beautiful shoes that sell immediately the next day! When the shoemaker and his wife discover who has been bringing them good fortune, they show their gratitude by leaving a special Christmas gift.

A pair of industrious elves bring prosperity to a kindly shoemaker and his wife.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Helpful elves reward a virtuous shoemaker in a large-format retelling with "exceptional" pictures; "Watts's warm, luminous illustrations provide the perfect counterpart to Tolstoy's lovely, mystical story," praised PW. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The poor, hardworking shoemaker used the last of his leather to cut out a pair of shoes. During the night a mysterious pair sewed them and they were a beautiful pair. They brought a good price and there was enough to buy more leather to make more shoes. The shoemaker grew wealth and one evening he and his wife stayed up to see who was sewing these wonderful shoes. The sketches are simple but effective and the colors, homes and interiors remind readers of the European countryside. One of the happier fairy tales, it is perfect for reading aloud to younger children. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Smoothly and competently written, this is a straightforward retelling of the familiar tale of a poor craftsman and his wife who are aided by two selfless elves. The illustrations, inspired by towns in southern Switzerland and Florence, Italy, are pastel in tone, with carefully added details. Outdoor scenes show a bustling waterside village, and indoor scenes are decorated with patterned curtains, tiles, and plates. The attention to detail extends to the endpapers, which feature elaborate shoes. One or both elves are hidden on each double-page spread, and children will enjoy searching for them. A good choice as a read-aloud or read-alone.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789207319
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Little Pebbles Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 29
  • Sales rank: 536,108
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother.

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

Wilhelm Grimm and his brother Jacob are famous for their classical collection of folk songs and folktales, especially for Children's and Household Tales, generally known as Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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