The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker

by Jim LaMarche (Retold by)

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Here is the classic tale of elfin magic, loved by generations of children and made new by an artist of international acclaim. Jim LaMarche's stunning paintings, reminiscent of his earlier work in The Rainbabies, are the perfect compliment to this favorite Grimm fairy tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788205330
Publisher: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jim LaMarche is the award-winning illustrator of 12 picture books (including The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed) and the author-illustrator of two (The Raft and The Elves and the Shoemaker). He grew up in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, and now lives in California with his wife and three sons.

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Elves and the Shoemaker 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the illustrations in this book. They are charming and very child friendly. They details included by the illustrator greatly enhance the story and its value as a read-aloud book for my classroom. This is the best version I have ever seen or worked with. I definitely recommend this book.
Elizabeth1977 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two elves sneak in at night and make shoes for the poor shoemaker and his wife. The shoes are magnificent and sell for twice the asking price. This book could be used for a math lesson on the concept of doubling.
mrs.mackey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Elves and the Shoemaker" is a tale of a shoemaker who is having trouble making money selling his shoes. Every morning when he wakes up there is a newly made pair of shoes on his work table. Eventually he and his wife figured out that was elves who were making the shoes. The shoemaker's business had picked up so much with the shoes that the elves had made, that the shoemaker and his wife decide to find a way to thank the elves. His wife made them both a set of clothes. They loved the clothes that the shoemaker's wife made them. That was the last night that the shoemaker would ever hear of the elves. This is a very nice story. I heard it once myself as a child and had forgotten about it. The illustrations are great in this book. It is the classic version by the brothers Grimm. I really enjoyed this book and so did my children.For a classroom idea, I would have my students make a shoe or boot with construction paper, glue, string etc.
ktibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a tale of a shoemaker and his wife who were very poor with enough leather left to make one pair of shoes, the shoemaker cut the leather and went to bed. When he awoke, the shoes were perfectly made and he sold them for twice the money. This continued to happen night after night until the shoemaker and his wife became very rich. They decided to stay up and see how it was happening and discovered two little elves in ragged clothes. The shoemaker and his wife decided to make new shoes and clothing for the poor elves. The elves were overjoyed with the findings and never returned again--they all lived happily ever after!
kdangleis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Elves and the Shoemaker retold from the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Jim LaMarch, is a German folktale about a poor shoemaker and his wife¿s turn of good luck. With enough leather to make one more pair of shoes, the shoemaker cuts the leather and goes to bed. In the morning the shoemaker and his wife awake to a beautifully crafted pair of shoes, followed by a customer who enters the store a pays twice the asking price. The shoemaker now has enough money to buy leather for two pairs of shoes. The next night, he cuts the leather and turns in. In the morning the shoemaker and his wife find two pairs of beautifully made shoes, and customers again appear and pay twice the asking price. This process continues and makes the couple very wealthy. They decide to stay up one night, hiding, to try and catch a glimpse of who is making the shoes. Two elves, a boy and a girl in tattered clothes, sneak in a work all night on making shoes, then leave before morning. The shoemaker and his wife wish to do something kind for the elves, so they make them warm clothing and shoes and leave them out on the worktable for them that evening. The children were so grateful and happy to find their gifts that they danced and sang then ran out of the house, never to be seen again. The tale provides readers with a great lesson in how acts of kindness will come back to them. This enchanted tale is enhanced by the beautiful illustrations of LaMarch. The pictures are painted in acrylic washes and colored pencils are also used. For the most part they are full colored pages and the text is found at the bottom of pages in either black or white, depending on the background colors used in the pictures. I find this story interesting in that the children are never seen left me wanting more.
nancyjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vibrant, engaging illustrations drive this retelling of the Elves and the Shoemaker. After a poor shoemaker and his wife are mysteriously helped with the making of their shoes, they decide to quietly hide themselves one night to see who is helping them. Once they learn the secret, they generously reward their little helpers. Jim LaMarche makes this familiar story a memorable one. Originally told by the Brothers Grimm.
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