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Shoemaker Martin

Shoemaker Martin

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by Leo Tolstoy, Brigitte Hanhart, Bernadette Watts Edith M B. B., B Watts, L Tolstoy

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 Based on Tolstoy's haunting yet heartwarming tale, ``Where Love Is, There God Is Also,'' this adaptation is true to the original story in both content and tone. Martin, a poor Russian shoemaker, thinks Jesus might visit him. While watching and waiting to greet the special visitor, Martin sees the street sweeper, who needs warmth and a cup of hot tea, and invites him in; he observes a young mother and child who need warm clothing and food, and provides them; and he settles a dispute between a market woman and a young boy. At the end of the day, Martin, disappointed but not discouraged, sits down to read his Bible and is overcome with joy to read, ``Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'' While Watts' simplistic, earth-tone illustrations reflect the poverty, splashes of color in furniture and table service reflect the positive, happy outlook of Martin and his fellow villagers. Although the story is set in a rustic, impoverished land, the message is universal and timeless. An excellent audiovisual companion to this piece is Martin the Cobbler (Billy Budd Films). While younger students will need to share the story with an adult, the message will be as warm for them as for older children, who can read it themselves. Cathy Woodward, Lima City Schools, Ohio

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North-South Books, Inc.
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8.48(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.12(d)
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognized and acclaimed historian and biographer. He was the sole beneficiary of his stepfather's will and is one of the trustees of O'Brian's estate.

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 9, 1828
Date of Death:
November 20, 1910
Place of Birth:
Tula Province, Russia
Place of Death:
Astapovo, Russia
Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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Shoemaker Martin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to our oldest child by his godmather, on the occasion of his First Communion Day, almost 20 years ago. We loved the story so much that we have since given the book to at least a half dozen children, as well as reading our own copy umpteen times to our 3 children and to the many daycare children we cared for over the years. This is definitely 'a keeper'!!!