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“I know this is magic,” says the shoemaker.
Someone is making beautiful shoes every night, when the shoemaker and his wife are asleep. Who can it be?

Includes a word list, 5 pages of activities and free online audio (British English and American English).

  • 500 headwords
  • 1,033 words

Please note, the Usborne English Readers series cannot be purchased via this website for delivery in Spain and Portugal due to rights restrictions.

British English sample

American English sample

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Book information

CEFR Level
ISBN: 9781474947862
Extent: 32 pages
Dimensions: 240 x 170mm
Olga Demidova

Author information

Laura Cowan

Laura studied literature at Cambridge and more literature at Trinity College Dublin. This means she’s read a lot of books, which helps when writing them. Before joining Usborne, she taught English in Barcelona for four years, as well as in Dublin and Cambridge. She now lives in East London with some plants and a lot of vintage clothes.


Winner of the Young Learners category of the Extensive Reading Foundation’s Language Learner Literature Awards 2020

Press reviews

“This is a well-known folk tale that students may have heard or read in their native language, which captures the reader’s attention. The pictures on each page are sweet and colorful and do more than just support the text. They add small details to talk about too. The font size is just right. Not too small as to seem daunting, but not so big that it seems like a kids’ book. The table of contents at the beginning is a feature that is often used with books for adolescents and adults. Having such a feature may make young learners feel a greater sense of accomplishment when they read this book.”
“The illustrations are wonderful, reminding me of innocence, childhood and sweetness. A beautiful well-known fairytale, attractive to young readers.”

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