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The Steadfast Tin Soldier Library Binding – August, 1992

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Editorial Reviews

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Here's one of those odd publishing coincidences that seems to happen every so often--simultaneous new editions of the same story. Although very different in treatment, each is compelling in its own way and both are visually beautiful. Lynch's illustrations are, perhaps, the more unusual. Like closeup camera shots, they are tightly focused on the soldier and show only those bits of the world at large that affect him. These narrow, sometimes startling perspectives give certain illustrations real depth and dimension, creating powerful visual images, while his use of dense, neutral shades underscores the drama of the soldier's journey and provides a sense of hard-edged reality. The book's overall design is not as effective as some of the individual illustrations, however. Small, extraneous drawings of toys punctuate large blocks of text and distract the eye from its primary focus on the facing page. The placement of the text is blocky and awkward, often laid on top of the illustrations in a distracting manner. Marcellino takes a more traditional approach in his illustrations. Viewers will recognize this immediately as a "fairy tale" by his use of soft, misty colors, all washed in the golden glow of candlelight. The palette is warm, and the pictures have texture and a panoramic sweep that gives substance to the wider world in which the Tin Soldier's adventures take place, enhancing the sense of the his haplessness. The illustrations are flatter, less dynamic than Lynch's, but the overall design is more effective. From title page to endpapers, careful and loving attention has been paid to balance and flow; the typeface is eye-catching and integral to the whole. Although both books are primarily showcases for the artists, the story is still important and the two are quite different. Lewis's translation is standard Andersen--wordy and slightly old-fashioned, but very readable. Seidler's text, while maintaining a strong sense of Andersen's voice, is tighter and much more direct. It reads fluidly with a verbal balance and flow that complements Marcellino's illustrations. For overall quality bookmaking, the choice would be the Marcellino, although Lynch's work is fresh and different, and has more child appeal. Comparison of the two works will enhance a whole language study and could be a valuable exercise for art classes as well. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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A lovely story of courage and love. -- Evening Standard

Dramatically beautiful illustrations capture every nuance of the story. -- The Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st U.S. ed edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152005994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152005993
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,852,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rj on December 26, 2011
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I never heard of this Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tale until my daughter viewed Fantasia 2000. However the story is much different than what is depicted on film. I bought the paperback edition yet I would prefer a hardcover to pass down to my child. The story is very tragic for the soldier and his love when both are put to the test. Many scenes appear by chance and left for the reader to fill in the blanks yet I believe this was deliberately hidden and turned into metaphor in a time when the people were censored in Europe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NYC Gal on March 25, 2013
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I didn't really like the layout of this edition. I didn't like it because certain pages had a very long narrative, my daughter doesn't really care for this book at all because of that - like, there will be just one page with nothing but text, so it's not ideal for a very young child. I also didn't like the layout because some of the pages had a text box for the narrative - if you're wondering what I'm talking about, the text box is that box on the cover with all the words on it.

The illustrations though are very beautiful - especially the page with the fish, the fish seem very detailed. The illustrations look like they might have been originally oil painted. I chose this edition because unbelievably there wasn't a lot to choose from on Amazon, surprisingly editions of The Steadfast Tin Soldier has been sold out by many other publications. I also chose this one because the soldiers' uniform look like a red version of the USMC's dress blue uniform (Marine wife!), and because he's shouldering a bayonet (just like the Marines).

Anyway, the story itself is true to the Andersen, so this is not a re-telling, but a translation instead. However, it seems to be translated into British English and not American English. This doesn't bother me too much as mostly the words are the same with different spelling - like colour instead of color.

I completely forgot all about this story until I happened upon it in 2011. I felt like this story touch me personally and I love it very much. My husband lost his right leg in Afghanistan in October 2010 by stepping on an IED.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Senor on March 10, 2014
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This is a classic Christmas story with excellent illustrations. I bought a used copy and the seller did an excellent job to make sure I was satisfied when I mentioned that it had a little more wear and tear than I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Storms on December 8, 2013
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Lovely story, great illustrations. Loved this story as a girl and purchased this to share with some grandchildren. They love it too.
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