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The Elves And The Shoemaker
A cobbler and his wife suddenly became very poor - all they had left to their name was one piece of leather. Before retiring for the evening the old gentleman cut out a pair of men's shoes. In the morning the shoes were finished and beautifully sewn! A gentleman came in and bought the pair enabling the cobbler and his wife to purchase more leather. The elves return each ni ...more
Paperback, 30 pages
Published by Scholastic Book Services
(first published 1975)
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There is nothing particularly inventive about the story, writing or illustrations in this classic picture book, but after coming back to it twenty+ years after first reading this book, I am still charmed by the elderly couple and the helpful elves who work together to make shoes. It's lovely and a book I'm happy to share with Lu.
The book starts off talking about the shoemaker being poor and how they are worried about money then it shoots to the positive. This book shows how even when your down you will always be up again you just have to believe in yourself and look for help when needed. I read this book when I was little and was obsessed with it because it was like magic how the shoes appeared. The story has a very happy fairy tale but real life situation involved. This would be a good book to read and maybe talk about ...more
I was so excited to find this in my library. It's the exact one I had as a child, and the nostalgia alone made it an invaluable experience. It's interesting to see how illustrations and color saturation in picture books have evolved over the past few decades.