Once upon a time there lived a kind shoemaker and his wife.
Sadly, nobody bought his shoes anymore and they had become poor. He only had cloth left to make one last pair of shoes.
To console him his wife said: 'Don't worry too much, everything will soon be all right. Leave the cloth on the table, you can stitch the shoes tomorrow. Let us go to bed now!'
However, four little elves, who had been outside their window, had heard them talking. They felt sorry for the kind man.
'We must help the poor shoemaker', they decided. The smart, talented elves fluttered into the house through the window.
They took the cloth and soon began cutting, sewing and decorating it. Before morning they made the most beautiful pair
of shoes in the whole world and flew away.
In the morning the shoemaker and his wife were amazed to see the pretty little shoes lying on the table.
'Who made this?' they both wondered. 'They are lovely!'
Soon, a merchant saw the shoes in the shop window and immediately bought them. He gave the shoemaker enough money to buy cloth for two pairs of shoes.
That night too, the shoemaker left the cloth on the table before going to bed. The elves returned. Before sunrise they had
made two pairs of shoes that were much prettier. This continued for many more nights: lovely shoes that the elves
made used to wait for the shoemaker every morning.
The shoemaker and his wife were puzzled. 'I wonder who our friends are?', they said. 'We must thank them for their kindness.'
They decided to stay awake that night and hide behind the door to find out who made the shoes for them. As they waited
they saw the elves flying, laughing, singing and quickly stitching the shoes. 'How lucky we are!' exclaimed the shoemaker
once the elves had left.