The Elves and the Shoemaker, 1965. This book, illustrated by Robert Lumley, was the 2nd book in the original series of 27 Well-Loved Tales books. The text, as always in the books of this series, was written by Vera Southgate.
This must be one of the best-loved of all Ladybird books. It’s just about the perfect version of the perfect story. Unusually, there are no villains; it’s a kind book – about helping out and about gratitude – although apparently quite a lot of children actually found the kind elves to be a bit scary. The pictures of the tiny clothes and shoes – the leather all laid out and the colour of the elf-made boots all seem to have lingered on in the memory as children grew up. Another big thing in this version’s favour is that it isn’t too long. Even the sleepiest parent can manage to read the whole thing at one go.
Elves and the Shoemaker, matt boards, Illustrated by Robert Lumley. This book is in fair condition only. The cover is a little grubby and rubbed with some pencil marks on it. The pages are well-turned, a bit creased and with a few grubby marks and blemishes (see photos). The illustrations are in good condition. A decent reading copy only. This book dates from the 1960s and has the original price of 2/6 on the back
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