The Little Red Hen - English Short Stories for Kids On a beautiful farm, there lived many animals and birds. Wife – “Yes! Everything there was small, but more elegant and beautiful than can be described. They were torn shirts and very thin tights. They dressed themselves with the greatest rapidity, putting the pretty clothes on, and singing, "Now we are boys so fine to see, Why should we longer cobblers be?". The shoemaker was a good man, and he worked hard, but he was very poor. I’m just cutting it out. The next morning, he found a pair of nicely finished shoes on his workbench. Once upon a time, there lived an old shoemaker. SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN WRITTEN BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM. To his surprise instead of the leather, there lay a beautiful pair of shoes. Share on twitter. A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, had become so poor that at last he had nothing left but leather for one pair of shoes. The next morning he saw the leather had been made into shoes again. The Elves and The Shoemaker Story Once there lived a poor shoemaker with his wife.They were going through a bad time and had to sleep hungry many a times. They also laid out delicious food and treats for them. You can be thankful to them in your heart. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER Once upon a time lived a very poor shoemaker. Soon after the shoemaker had put up the two pairs of shoes for sale other wealthy men of the town came and bought them. “Do you think they overheard us?”, her wife asked him. But tonight they did not hide behind the cupboard. The Little Red Hen - English Short Stories for Kids. It’s time for us to sleep.” The Shoemaker – “Yes dear, I am just cutting out these leather pieces so I can stitch them into shoes tomorrow.”, he replied and after cutting the leather they both went to the sleep. His business prospered and his shop would always be full of customers. The Elves and the Shoemaker, page 2 ©2013 by EducationWorld. Then some strangers came out of the house, who asked her who she was, and what business she had there? He took the shoes in his hands to observe them closer, and they were so neatly made that there was not one bad stitch in them, just as if they were intended as a masterpiece. The first edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales was published in 1812 and contained 86 stories. In the morning, after he had said his prayers, and was just going to sit down to work, the two shoes stood quite finished on his table. One night, as they were closing the shop the shoemaker had an idea. FIRST STORY. The next morning, he got up early to make a pair of shoes out of the leather he had kept. The shoemaker started doing well. The Greedy Dog - English Short Stories for Kids Once, there was a dog searching for food. They did not stop until all was done, and stood finished on the table, and they ran quickly away. The Shoemaker and the Elves - Short Story for Kids. Then they hide behind the cupboard again and waited for the elves to return. The next day, the shoemaker got many fancy clothes and good leather. The shoemaker and his wife never saw the elves again. You can also download this short story in PDF. He paid a good sum for the shoes and bought them. He replied, “Perhaps they did. Some people are willing to help but are too shy to take help from others. The next morning when they came to the workshop the shoemaker and his wife were disappointed to see that the dinner plates remained untouched. He said to his wife, “I cannot stop thinking about those who help us. Share on facebook. The shoemaker went back to making shoes himself. He called his wife, “Dear! “I am so happy to see our little helpers happy!”, Shoemaker said to his wife. The girl did not know what to do, but at length, after much persuasion, and as they told her that it was not right to refuse an invitation of this kind, she consented. The Shoemaker and the Elves - Short Shories for Kids. So in the evening, he cut out the shoes which he wished to begin to make the next morning, and as he had a good conscience, he lay down quietly in his bed, commended himself to God, and fell asleep. They saw two tiny elves dancing and sewing the shoes. The little elves hopped up onto the workbench and saw the clothes and shoes that had been left for them. He cut them out at night, and next morning was about to set to work with fresh courage; but he had no need to do so, for, when he got up, they were already made, and buyers also were not wanting, who gave him money enough to buy leather for four pairs of shoes. Let’s hide and check out.” And they both hide behind the cupboard. After thinking about how they feel, how do they try to help the elves? Then they danced and skipped and leapt over chairs and benches. He had only enough leather to make one pair of shoes. When she got home, she wanted to begin her work, and took the broom, which was still standing in the corner, in her hand and began to sweep. Wife – “Yes! They waited for the elves many nights but they never returned. “I wonder what happened to them?”, He said to his wife. He did not have enough leather to make shoes. So she stayed, and passed the time in pleasure and gaiety, and the little folks did all they could to make her happy. They run about so, and have nothing on, and must be cold. A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, had become so poor that at last he had nothing left but leather for one pair of shoes. Things continued the same way but the couple did not lose hope. In her trouble she went to her neighbour, and asked her advice. … The Shoemaker put them in the window, and before lunchtime, he had sold both pairs for an excellent price. When it was midnight, two pretty little naked men came, sat down by the shoemaker's table, took all the work which was cut out before them and began to stitch, and sew, and hammer so skilfully and so quickly with their little fingers that the shoemaker could not turn away his eyes for astonishment. Then instead of going to bed, he and his wife hid behind the curtains. When the elves came, they were overjoyed to see the gifts and the delicious foods. Anyway, let us not get carried away. The shoemaker and his wife wanted to know who was making all the beautiful shoes for them. Once they have done they slipped out of the window. She replied, “Maybe they will come tonight.” The shoemaker and his wife again kept the food for the elves but were disappointed in the morning as the elves did not show up in the night. Share on email. And as soon as he put them up for sale they were bought in exchange for good money. When it was night, his wife called out to him, “What are you doing? I will miss my little helpers but I will manage.”. Read More Short Stories for Kids from this website. Soon, a man came in and bought them for a good price. I have ever seen and these are better than yours too.” Shoemaker – “ I agree. Then three elves came and conducted her to a hollow mountain, where the little folks lived. Header illustration by Hugh Thomson at Old Book Illustrations. We must repay them.” He said to his wife. 1. You make the best shoes. He was astounded, and knew not what to say to it. Or read our full collection of free bookshop-quality bedtime stories. And he began to laugh at it. Let us put them in the display window and hope that we can get some money for them.”. He picked them up and observed them closely. The Shoemaker and the Elves - Short Story for Kids Once upon a time, a shoemaker lived with his wife behind his workshop. That night the shoemaker and his wife again kept dinner for the elves. But tonight they did not hide behind the cupboard. The man said, "I shall be very glad to do it;" and one night, when everything was ready, they laid their presents all together on the table instead of the cut-out work, and then concealed themselves to see how the little men would behave. That’s a brilliant idea. The woman liked the idea, and lighted a candle, and then they hid themselves in a corner of the room, behind some clothes which were hanging up there, and watched. The shoemaker was a good man, and he worked hard, but he was very poor. With the money, the shoemaker was able to buy enough leather to make two new pairs of shoes. Create a library and add your favorite stories. At last she set out on her way home. Read the next fairy tale; The Enchanted Stag, Or read more short stories for kids in our Children's Library. They were made out of the same leather that he had put out the night before! They lived happily ever after. He went and bought food for the house. While his wife made beautiful clothes for the elves he made soft shoes from them. It got a bone from a meat shop. When you go to the market tomorrow get me some nice cloth. Instead, they went to sleep. LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE STORIES ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS . For feedback, suggestions, and queries please contact us. Such kind elves they are! He was an honest man but with very limited money. She asked him, “What are you doing dear?” Shoemaker – “I have this last piece of leather left.