First Stories: The Elves and the Shoemaker : “First Stories: The Elves and the Shoemaker” is a renowned fairy tale retold for young children. The book is part of the First Stories Series which included classics such as The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, etc. The book follows the story of how a poor shoemaker, who is helped by a group of elves, repays his helpers. The beloved fairy tale is rewritten in an unassuming and beautiful prose for young children to follow. The pages are filled with the lovely illustrations of Steph Hinton. Each scene places the reader right in the scene set in the story. The children are exposed to classic fairy tales at a young age in an clear and pretty prose all the while being interactive with its push, pull and slide art.