The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Shoemaker and the Elves

by Ilse Plume

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- A competent retelling that transports the action to Renaissance Italy. The brief story is fleshed out by the addition of characters and dialogue--the traditional two elves have become four; the shoemaker's wife, Bettina, is a seamstress who contributes to the family's livelihood; and an ever-hungry cat, Tomasina, completes the cast. The charming full-color illustrations, executed in colored pencil, reinforce the light mood. They are attractively centered in trompe-l'oeil parchment rosettes on every other page. Their details convey an accurate sense of time and place, and the loving attention to scene and costume makes the period come alive. Plume juxtaposes the text and illustrations on facing pages, creating a useful story-hour selection. She has also dressed the heretofore naked elves in patched long johns, making them possibly more acceptable for young eyes, but losing some of the whimsical realism of Hogrogian's sketch for the tale in About Wise Men and Simpletons (Macmillan, 1986) or in Paul Galdone's paintings (Clarion, 1986). There are several picture-book versions of this story in print, but for heavily used folklore collections, this is an acceptable addition. --Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY

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Harcourt Children's Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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