The Elves and the Shoemaker

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Adapted from the perennially popular folktale, first published by the Brothers’ Grimm in 1812, this engaging version of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” features uniquely compelling and otherworldly illustrations by Kirill Chelushkin. What will the poor cobbler and his wife do: they have just enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. Then, good fortune suddenly smiles upon them. While the shoemaker sleeps, someone fashions the most perfect pair of shoes imaginable—and a delighted customer  pays twice the ...
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Overview

Adapted from the perennially popular folktale, first published by the Brothers’ Grimm in 1812, this engaging version of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” features uniquely compelling and otherworldly illustrations by Kirill Chelushkin. What will the poor cobbler and his wife do: they have just enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. Then, good fortune suddenly smiles upon them. While the shoemaker sleeps, someone fashions the most perfect pair of shoes imaginable—and a delighted customer  pays twice the asking price. Who could have done such marvelous work? And will the magic continue? A captivating story that children are sure to enjoy.
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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Ward
Cech offers a smooth, transparent retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Elves and the Shoemaker, lit by touches of lyricism…But Russian illustrator Kirill Chelushkin depicts a much murkier world, all blood-red and shadow-gray, whose topsy-turviness reflects the disorienting effect of these supernatural visits on the down-on-his luck tradesman and his wife.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson
This classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm has been retold in a simple version for children. The story about the shoemaker and his wife who receive help from two tiny elves during the night has been told and retold in many ways. This particular version is quite charming. The author, a professor of English at the University of Florida captured the essence of the fairy tale perfectly. The illustrations in the picture book are partially sketched and partially painted. The rich drawings and designs add imagination to this already delightful story. The last page of the book is written for adults rather than children, and gives the history of the classic fairy tales captured by the Grimm brothers, as well as a little bit of history of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" story. This story is a classic for a reason, and children will enjoy reading it over and over again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402730672
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Classic Fairy Tale Collection Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 331,906
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cech
John Cech writes plays, poetry, and fiction for both children and adults, and is a Professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is also the Director of the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and has served as a judge for The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, as well as the Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards; was President of the Children’s Literature Association; and won the Chandler Award of Merit for his work in Children’s Literature.
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