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The elves and the shoemakers / retold and illustrated by Jada Rowland.

By: Rowland, Jada.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : Contemporary Books, c1989Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0809243555; 9780809243556.Uniform titles: Wichtelmänner. Subject(s): Fairy tales -- Juvenile literature | Folklore -- Germany -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 398.2/1/0943 Summary: A poor shoemaker becomes successful with the help of two elves who finish his shoes during the night.
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Adaptation of: Die Wichtelmänner.

"A Calico book."

A poor shoemaker becomes successful with the help of two elves who finish his shoes during the night.

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Gr 1-4-- The traditional tale here is fleshed out with characters given names, personality, and motivation, and the story firmly set in place and time. The result, more short story than folktale, will delight both the ears and the eyes of the children with whom it is shared. The shoemakers (husband and wife both cobble) in Victorian Lancashire are threatened by industrialization. Factory-made shoes are preferred by many to the work of the artisan. Rowland's prose is precise and begs to be read aloud. Such sentences as ``Greatly agitated, Timothy scurried up the steps'' may confound young readers, but listeners will comprehend and be enriched by the language. The watercolor illustrations beautifully evoke the Victorian era and lend personality to the loving, hardworking couple who do not merely accept the elves' work, but painstakingly learn their methods and ultimately make shoes as fine. The sprightly elves peek out from under and behind chamber pots and other period furnishings in almost every picture. Suitably old-fashioned and unabashedly sentimental, this retelling will provide an ideal New Year's read-aloud. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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