The Elves and the Shoemaker

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1986 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Late one night, a very poor shoemaker cuts his last two pieces of leather and goes to bed, worried about how he will support his family. He wakes to find two exquisitely made shoes in place of the leather. They are so beautiful that a customer pays more than the asking price, and the cobbler is able to buy enough leather for another pair of shoes. The next morning, the cut leather has been turned into shoes again! Who could be giving the shoemaker this gift?  Paul Galdone's retelling of this fairy tale is now part of the Folk Tale Classics series. With gold-foil stamping on the cover, this is a beautiful edition of a timeless story! 

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once there was a oor shoemaker who lived with his wife.Their life was full of harsh circumstances and uncomfortable living. One night shoemaker cutted the leather for four pairs of shoes and went to sleep. When he woke up in the morning he was for suprished to see such marvellous shoes already prepered on his table. After enjoying that hour of joyfulness he thought that who could have made it at the fare of midnight when everybody sleeps and ''know one would help such a poor person'' thought the shoemaker. After sometime a customer came and the shoe was sold at an amazing rate.So the money was capable to have brought leather for atleast five shoes.That night the shoemaker again cutted the leather for those five shoes and slept in resentment. Another morning he woke up and saw five pairs of shoes shinning and gently polished kept on the table.The shopkeeper got hazalled that what was going in his house and who was helping him making these shoes.So immediately he went to his wife and asked her that have you been making these shoes to help me? So her wie replied''that i have been doing my own house work all the time and I dont even know how to make shoes''. They both got very puzzled that who could have done this? So that night the shopkeeper and his wife instead of sleeping hid behind the door and saw tiny little children not even bigger than the shopkeepers thumb. The two people laughed while seeing the two litle elves making the shoes for them . So when it was morning the shoemaker asked his wife haw to repay the small tiny elves as they has helped us a lot in getting wealth.So at this question the wife replied that ''we can help those elves by making clothes and shoes for them as they made for us.So they started working according to the plan they had decided.So they did make clothes for the litttle elves and on the other side the elves kept helping them and they became rich and as elves are conserned even they got new things to wear in return of their efforts and trhey all lived hapily ever after. 

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I am a teacher of grade 1, I wanted the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker,as the children don't know the story, I waned to read them but the book is not available, I looked everywhere, they are going to have a drama in December, I don't know what to do, can I get some help?Thanks

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About the author (1986)

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1914 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career.
Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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