Title: The Elves and the Shoe Maker
Author: The Brothers Grimm
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Number of pages: 64
Type of Book: Fiction; Classic; Fairytale
Age: 4 – 8
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A hardworking but poor shoe maker cut the leather for a pair of shoes one night, and placed them on his work top. I will make the shoes tomorrow he thought and he went to bed. Imagine his shock when he woke up the next morning, to find, in place of pieces of leather, a perfectly made pair of shoes lying on his worktable. He sold the shoes and made a tidy sum so he bought more leather, cut some and laid them on his work top. The same thing happened to him that night and the night after that and many nights after that. So one night, the shoe maker decided to stay awake and hide in a corner of his house to discover the mysterious midnight shoemaker. Read the book to find out what the shoemaker discovered.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: It’s a Christmas classic. Perhaps the most important highlight: It’s a Christmas book that captures the spirit of Christmas. It shows the joy of giving either through acts of service or giving presents. The elves gave the shoemaker using acts of service (making the shoes for him) and they reciprocated using gifts (they made clothes and a pair of boots each for the elves.)
It also shows that hard work pays.
- This story, along with Disney favorites: Snow White, Rapunzel and Cinderella, was written over 200 years ago!
- Other words for shoe maker: Boot maker, Cobbler.
HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK
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CHALLENGE: The Elves and the Shoemaker
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)
Read the story above and answer the questions below:
- List the items the shoemaker and his wife made for the elves and find the items in the grid below (4 – 6 year olds)
- If the elves made 1 pair of boots the first night, 2 pairs of boots the second night and 4 pairs of boots the third night, how many pairs of boots did they make on the fourth and fifth nights? (7 – 8 year olds)
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.
Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 14th 2016.
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