The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons

The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons

by Ruth Sawyer, Barbara Cooney
     
 

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It's Christmas Eve, but there is little cheer and no holiday feast for the sons of a poor cobbler.Then a strange little man comes knocking. Could he be the legendary goblin king, who brings magic to one hut every year? This traditional Tyrolean folktale is now reillustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning artist Barbara Cooney. Evocative, richly detailed illustrations make… See more details below

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It's Christmas Eve, but there is little cheer and no holiday feast for the sons of a poor cobbler.Then a strange little man comes knocking. Could he be the legendary goblin king, who brings magic to one hut every year? This traditional Tyrolean folktale is now reillustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning artist Barbara Cooney. Evocative, richly detailed illustrations make this a book to share throughout the holiday season and savor all year long. "Cooney's familiar folk-art illustrations are the perfect complement to this story." -- School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Laurin, king of the goblins, ensures three boys a Christmas Eve they'll never forget in Sawyer's well-paced story. After their father, a poor widower cobbler travels into the village on Christmas Eve, the boys are visited by an odd, gruff little man. Although he's less than polite to his hesitant hosts, the stranger provides plenty of Christmas goodies for the family before he magically disappears. Cooney's paintings are steeped in old-world charm and her sandy, tow-headed boys are strong portraits of childlike innocence and wonder. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The three blond brothers are snuggling together under a thin quilt trying to keep warm on Christmas Eve. Their father, the village cobbler has gone to find work among the soldiers and hopes to bring home food to his hungry children. The legendary goblin king arrives at the cottage and his pranks result in a bounty of food and coins. The cobbler and his sons do indeed have a very merry Christmas. The pictures ably show the poor cobblers cottage, and the three towheaded boys who manage to keep their spirits during dire times.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Cooney turns her amazing illustrative talents to a Tyrolean tale retold by Sawyer to give children a European look at the Christmas holiday. In this book, the king of the goblins works a miracle when he visits the house of an impoverished cobbler and brusquely rewards the three children for providing shelter from the night's cold. Cooney once again displays her talent for portraying country life and natural beauty no matter how severe, and the magic that happens when the boys meet the goblin.
Ilene Cooper
First published in 1941, this Tyrolean folktale introduces the legend of King Laurin, who likes to surprise people on Christmas. Fritzl, Franzl, and Hansl, the young sons of a poor cobbler, could use a surprise. There is a war going on, and there is nothing to eat in the cobbler's cottage. On Christmas Eve, their papa is out looking for work when a visitor arrives. The odd little man demands food and a bed. There is no food, but there's a bed, and even though the brothers are sleeping in it, the rude, grumbly man demands the lion's share of the sleeping arrangement. Then he kicks the boys out altogether, but before they can get too cold, he magically sets them doing cartwheels, and, as they twirl, oranges and sweets and gold and silver fall out of their clothes. When their father returns, he tells them that they've been treated to a night of tricks and treasure by King Laurin. Sawyer's involving text is matched by Cooney's art, which not only is filled with charming details of alpine life, but also captures the mystery of the story. Traditional in both text and art, this should will easily find holiday fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670849222
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/11/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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