IF THE SHOE FITS ... STORIES
(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
1) IF THE SHOE FITS
Mary Grace K. 9/14/2000
The Boy and the Boots, Fireside Tales of the Traveller Children (Silkies) by Duncan Williamson.
The Cobbler Turned Doctor
The Cow That Ate the Piper's Boots - Irish folktale.
Dancing Shoes in The Old Woman and the Willy Nilly Man by Jill Wright.
The Devil in Achen - (told by a student of Richard Marsh) and Tim's English folktale version of the same story, set in Shrewsbury, from Shropshire Folklore, by Georgina Jackson, 1883, (now reprinted in The Penguin Book of English Folktales, Neil Philip).
Jack Tale where Jack falls in with a gang of robbers and has to prove himself. He uses a boot (or shoe) to trick the farmer so he can steal his cow.
Cinderella;: Or, The little glass slipper - Perrault (French).
The Jeweled Boot - Italian (Italo Calvino).
Ko Ai's Lost Shoe from Tales of a Chinese Grandmother.
The Korean Cinderella (Trophy Picture Books) by Shirley Cimo and Ruth Heller.
The Leprechauns and the Shoemaker
Little Red Shoes (Preschool)
The Magic Sandals of Abu Kassim from The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush. (Turkey)
The fable The Man Who Learned to Walk in Shoes that Pinch is from the book The Man Who Learned to Walk In Shoes That Pinch: Contemporary Fables by Margaret Harmon. Her website is
The Piper's Revenge by Billy Teare from More Ready-To-Tell Tales from Around the World by David Holt and Bill Mooney.
Puss in Boots (Caldecott Honor Book) - Perrault (French), fairy tale.
The Red Shoes (H. C. Andersen)
Sandal Leather - Mexico
Shoemaker and the Elves
The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces from The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Tramp and the Boots in Broonies, Silkies, & Fairies, by Duncan Williamson.
The Traveller, the Minister, and the Cobbler, usually attributed to Alec Stewart.
Twelve iron sandals and other Czechoslovak tales - Czech/Slavic fairy tale.
The Unlucky Shoes of Ali Abou from The Elephant's Bathtub by Frances Carpenter.
Walking to Warsaw (a story from The Wise Men of Chelm).
Other ideas and fillers from Storytell:
The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe - Nursery Rhyme.
Shoo Fly Pie, and O Sole Mio songs (!)
Children's picture book titled Shoes (Reading rainbow book) by Elizabeth Winthrop has pictures of many different kinds of shoes and a rhyme that can be done as a rap.
Ina V.D. 11/13/06
web page created 12/1/06; updated 10/23/07)