THE SECRET SHOEMAKERS and Other Stories by James Reeves

THE SECRET SHOEMAKERS and Other Stories

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Tales as a hearty uncle might interpret them--twelve from Grimm adapted for early reading, earlier listening. The Secret Shoemakers are our old friends the elves: The Woodcutter's Third Son finds the golden goose and The King's Servant swallows wisdom with a bite of the white snake; Poor Fish is Doctor Knowall; The Travelling Musicians are themselves. Some of the stories are less well-known:a gigantic turnip makes one brother rich and becomes a dubious reward for the other; some clever geese keep a fox at bay by gabbling their prayers interminably in A Story With No End. No obscurities or archaicisms here, and no peripheral plotting--just a fresh, direct text that looks what it is: right for fourth grade reading, right for first grade listening.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1967
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman