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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2000
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. A true artist. Very cleverly hides the elves in each page and its much fun for a 3 year old to find them and the mice and birds too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Everyone knows the story of the elves and the shoemaker - the poor cobbler who is visited by a pair of elves who (for reasons that are purposefully never revealed) help him out by crafting exquisite pairs of shoes. After the shoemaker is made wealthy, he and his wife stake out the workshop and discover their secret benefactors. Seeing how poorly they are dressed, they make for them tiny clothes and shoes, and delighted with their gifts, the elves leave forever as mysteriously as they came.

It is an unforgettable story of anonymous charity and giving, and children all across the world love it for its simplicity and mystery. Jim LaMarche is utterly faithful to the old Grimm's version of the tale and using vibrant colour throughout his illustrations.

Jim LaMarche's illustrations are lovely when depicting the old shoemaker and his wife, as an old and loving couple in the warmth and cleanliness of their little shop. However, the elves themselves were not quite to my taste, though I have no doubt they'll appeal to most parents reading to their children. Rather than show them as miniscule adults, they are portrayed as small children with pixie-features. However, to my eyes they looked very modern, especially the girl who actually reminded me of a Jan McLean doll.

However, this is a personal gripe due to memories of my childhood version of the tale in which the elves looked adult, mischievous and vaguely wicked, making it all the more interesting that they were helping an elderly couple in need. Anyone else who picks up this book will be certain that they've found the definitive version of the famous Grimm's fairytale.
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on January 8, 2013
Good story but horrible down load. Pages small, cut in half and no way to zoom or connect. Also, the pages kept turning and in order to read the story you have to hold the kindle slightly sideways and tilt your head. Very uncomfortable. Never had a problem like this, it's too bad.
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on February 1, 2014
A beautiful rendition of this fairy tale. I grew up with this version and had to buy one to read to my own child.
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on September 5, 2014
Highly detailed and lovely. Me and my girl find something new each time we read it.
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on September 14, 2014
thanks
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I like it for the kids well enough, nothing special or outstanding. Pictures are okay but not note worthy. Just alright.
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