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The Elves and the Shoemaker by Wilhelm Grimm
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Sep 29, 11


The Elves and the Shoemaker is the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. The version I have used is added to by illustrations by Jim LaMarche. The illustrations really bring the story to life and lends itself very well to reading aloud to a class.
The book tells the story of a poor shoemaker who is kind but can not sell any of his shoes. One night, the shoemaker leaves his last bit of material out. A group of elves are watching and feel sorry for the kind shoemaker. They decide to stitch up a new pair of shoes for him that are very beautiful. The shoemaker sells the shoes the next morning and uses the money to buy more material. After discovering that it5 was the elves making his shoes, he and his wife make them tiny new clothes. After receiving their new gifts the elves fly off but the shoemaker continues making beautiful shoes and lives happily ever after.
This story is for younger children. The illustrations and fairytale story will keep them very interested throughout. The illustrations could help the children with numeracy by counting the elves in the picture or how many shoes there is in the picture
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