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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Classic Story By Hans Christian Andersen

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A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen presented with modern illustrations.  It’s a story about love at first sight.  When the one-legged tin soldier saw the paper ballerina and assumed she was just like him, with one leg, falls in love with her. It’s a story of love, chance and fate.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 10, 2016 – In a visually striking and fittingly dark interpretation of a tragic fairy tale, a one-legged tin soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina. After falling from a window, the soldier begins a circuitous journey, eventually swallowed by a fish. Colored in bold reds, blacks, and grays, Yoon's angular mixed-media prints highlight the soldier's stoicism and the perils he faces. Yoon (The Tiger Who Would Be King) confronts the story's darkest moments head on: when a cook cuts open the fish and discovers the soldier inside, its blood and entrails pour out grotesquely. And, as in the original Andersen, the soldier and ballerina's relationship ends in fire, as they are incinerated in a stove. Ages 6 9.

Customer Reviews

The original; not doctored

... but kind of sad in the ending; glad I read it on my own first instead of having first read it to the children. Sad-ending tale with a useful moral I might understand; this one's, though, seems to be "bad things happen to good people for no reason whatsoever", so I'd rather my children instead listen to anything in the very large audio library put out by Jim Weiss - those are also classics, AND fun.

Cute yet sad

I have played the game version of the story, but I also love the book! it's mAkes you want to cry but make you fall in love with the entire story characters and all

So sad

This book is so sad I mean he had a horrible life to begin with and than he melts in the shape of a heart next to a burnt rose that is the reminds of his true love. I hated it

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: May 02, 2011
  • Publisher: Ripple Digital Publishing
  • Print Length: 19 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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