THE BOOTMAKER AND THE ELVES by Susan Lowell

THE BOOTMAKER AND THE ELVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A bootmaker ""so poor even his shadow had holes in it"" wakes one morning to find his last piece of leather made into a pair of eye-popping, shiny new cowboy boots, bright with stars and roses. Sound familiar? Yep, it's a pair of tiny elves, and when the grateful bootmaker and his wife give them new duds to replace their patched overalls, they dance out the door, singing, ""Whoopee-ki-yi-yay, it's time to play! Yo-e-lay-eee-ooo, happy trails to you!"" As she did for Little Red Cowboy Hat (p. 302), Lowell gives the folktale a true Western spin, much abetted by the inventive Curry: Together they describe and depict each unique set of footwear in lovingly explicit detail. Like the elves, this retelling will leave readers ""just as pleased as a dog with two tails.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard