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The Elves and the Shoemaker read by Chrissy Metz

The Elves and the Shoemaker is retold from the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Jim LaMarche and read by Chrissy Metz. The story is a simple one, of a poor shoemaker and his wife who suddenly find they are getting help from a mysterious source. They discover their helpers are little elves, whom are working long and hard to finish making shoes. When the man and woman become rich because of the elves, they decide they must give back to the elves in return.


Welcome to Storyline online, brought to you by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. I’m chrissy metz and today I’m going to be reading the LMS and the shoemaker. This is retold from the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Jim much. There once was a good Shoemaker who they are a spell of bad luck had become very poor. Finally, he had just enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. Still it is a fine piece of leather. Said his wife, as soft as butter and had a strong as your hands. Tonight, dear wife, I will cut the leather so the shoemaker and the first thing in the morning I will so the shoes the next morning, when a couple went into the workshop, they were flabbergasted by what they found there on the work table stood to shoes, perfectly finished, not a stitch out of place. But but who sputter the shoemaker? His wife could only stare. Just then a dandy gentleman came into the shop. What magnificent shows blase, I must try that on. He said the shoes fit perfectly. It was as if they had been made just for him. He was so pleased that he had paid double the price. Now the shoemaker had enough money to buy a leather for two more pairs of shoes. Again that evening, the shoemaker cut out the leather for the shows and he went to bed. And once again in the morning, there were the shoes finished. Buyers were not lacking for these either. And as before, they were, so please, they paid double the price. Now the shoemaker had enough money to buy leather for four more pairs of shoes the next morning. Just as before, there were the shoes already made on and on it wind. Whatever the shoemaker cut out in the evening was finished by the morning. Soon the news of a splendid choose spread throughout the town. And the shoemaker and his wife were no longer poor. One evening, not long before Christmas, as the shoemaker cannot wore leather for shoes. His wife spoke to your husband, who has made us so rich. What if we were to stay up tonight and see who comes to our shop? The shoemaker. Agree. So that night they LET a small lamp in the home, hid behind their coats. Can they waited. As the clock struck mid-May, they heard the prayer of a window and the scuttle of small feat. Peeking out from behind the codes. They saw two tiny children sneak into the workshop. They were poorly shot and they were only ragged. He sacks for warmth, halves. Shoemakers wife whispered, the tiny elves tip toed across the room and climbed up on it. Then humming and whistling. They began to stitch in so and hammers so quickly with their little fingers that the shoemaker and his wife could not believe their eyes. The elves did not stop until all the shoes were finished and stood lined up on the table. Sturdy riding boots, delicate slippers, feather light dancing shoes, and heavy clogs for work. Elvis tip toed out if the workshop up the stairs and out the window. The next morning, the wife said, the little elves have made us rich. We must give them something in return. They run around with so little on, they must be free. He’s saying, I will make a warm dress, coat and pants and knit them each a pair of stockings. And I shall be happy to make them each pair of fine shoes. Said the shoemaker. They went right to work and that evening they laid the presence on the work table. Then like before, the heat and the coats in wheat. At midnight, the LPS quietly slipped into the workshop ready for another night’s work. But instead of pieces of leather, they found beautiful presence. At first they were to astonish to move. Then they hugged their new warm clothes and quickly put them on when they were denounced around the round thing. Now what I also find to see no longer accomplish, we will be The jumped over chairs raced around the shop and finally ran out the door. The cooking clack of their new shoes echoed through the streets. From that time on, the little f’s were not seen again. But the shoemaker and his wife lived a long and happy life. The end. So I love this book because I think it’s really important that we give and receive. And I think as the elves gave so kindly to the shoemaker and his wife to make sure that they lived a long and happy life. They in turn gave all the clothing to the elves and then the Alps could go and help other people. And I think that it’s really important to give with your whole heart. Thank you so much for watching Storyline online and make sure you watch all of our stories. Keep watching and keep reading. (As provided by SchoolTube video transcript.)

Standards Alignment

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd-3rd

Standards listed below are for 2nd and 3rd grades but can be adapted to 1st grade standards.

CCSS.SL.2.1, CCSS.SL.3.1, CCSS.SL.2.2, CCSS.SL.3.2, CCSS.RL.2.2, CCSS.RL.3.2, CCSS.RL.2.2, CCSS.RL.3.2, CCSS.RL.2.1, CCSS.RL.3.1, CCSS.W.2.3, and CCSS.W.3.3

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