The Elves and the Shoemaker

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Children's stories - 18 pages
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A poor shoemaker has only enough leather left to make one last pair of shoes. He cuts out the pieces and leaves them on his workbench ready to sew in the morning. But the next day the shoes are already made up-finished with tiny neat stitches. Who could have done it? Soon a delighted customer buys the beautiful shoes, and pays more than the normal price. That night the shoemaker puts out more leather that he has been able to buy, and again, the same wonderful thing happens. Soon he has lots of customers-even the king!-and he can buy food and clothes. Finally the shoemaker discovers it's the work of two industrious elves, and he and his wife make them shoes and outfits of their own to bring a happy ending to all!

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Other tales in the series: Chicken Licken, The Tortoise and the Hare, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Boy, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Enormous Turnip, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Princess and the Pea (publishing November 2005)Other books illustrated by Ian Beck: Best-Loved Stories and Nursery Rhymes, The Oxford Nursery Treasury, The Oxford Nursery Story Book, The Oxford Nursery Book, Ride a Cock-Horse, Round and Round the Garden, Stories and Songs for Bedtime.

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