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The Steadfast Tin Soldier Paperback – October 4, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059000
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The masterful pastel illustrations that distinguished the artist's Caldecott Honor-winning Puss in Boots transform yet another timeless tale into a modern classic. This graceful retelling of Andersen's touching story of true love between a malformed toy soldier and a paper ballerina is charged with both romance and heroism. Alternating perspectives achieve striking visual effect--toys and animals loom large as seen through the stoic vision of the brave soldier; at other points during his perilous journey he appears as a mere sliver of blue and red amid the city's bustle. The soft glow of candlelight imparts a shadowy warmth to the interior scenes, which feature a gaggle of handsomely turned out children admiring their Christmas bounty. Seidler's ( A Rat's Tale ; The Tar Pit ) polished prose perfectly complements the artwork: "The tin soldier was so touched that he would have shed tin tears--if he hadn't been in uniform. As it was, he just looked at her, and she looked at him, neither of them saying a word." Though perfect for the holiday season, this exquisite book may well stay on the shelf year-round. All ages.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid.



Fred Marcellino's picture books include Puss in Boots, a Caldecott Honor Book; The Steadfast Tin Soldier, an ALA Booklist Children's Editors' Choice; and The Pelican Chorus, one of School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year.

His most recent books, The Story of Little Babaji and Ouch! are both ALA Notable Children's Books.

Dancing By the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino will open on November 9, 2002 and run through January 26, 2003 at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This is a comprehensive show of more than 150 pieces highlighting his children's book career, and the first museum retrospective honoring the artistic accomplishments of this remarkable artist. For more information visit, The Norman Rockwell Museum website.


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It was not a bad story and ended well.
Tmarie
I feel that this book is a good bedtime story because it is very short but it is very touching.
Liam Wojciechowski
The remaining metal that was once the tin soldier is a charred piece of heart shaped metal.
BeatleBangs1964

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A little boy had a set of tin soldiers that were made from a melted spoon. One soldier was missing a leg because there was not enough metal left over from the melted spoon.
Tossed aside by the boy, the one-legged soldier sees a paper cut out figure of a ballerina. She is poised on one leg and he feels an instant bond. He has found another one-legged toy and believes this to be love.
The steadfast tin soldier has a series of mishaps. He falls off the window sill into a stream. From there, he is transported to a rat infested sewer. He is swallowed by a fish and through an unlikely stroke of luck, winds up back in the boy's playroom with the other toys and the ballerina.
The ending is what gets to me every single time. A gust of wind lifts the paper ballerina up and she flutters into the fire place, winding up a charred heap of ashes. Devastated, the tin soldier joins her. The remaining metal that was once the tin soldier is a charred piece of heart shaped metal.
I still think this is a very sad story. The photographs really emphasize the feeling this story evokes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom from cleveland on September 10, 2011
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The Steadfast Tin Soldier is one of my favorite holiday stories. There are very few illustrated versions of it that I'm aware of-And this, in my opinion, is the only one worth purchasing. The pictures speak to you... they are exactly what one would imagine if there were no pictures at all, and just words. It's a shame that this book was so hard to find. The ending is unaltered-A sad one (for those "Pollyannas" out there)-but it is still a wonderfully written story. You will not be disappointed should you purchase this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I taught 1st grade for 4 years and all of the teachers in my grade passed this book around at Christmas to read to our class. I cried everytime I read it. It has a wonderful message and my kids in my classroom always loved it! I have now (finally) purchased my own copy of this book to read to my little girl. It is a classic and I know she will love it as much as I do. Every home should have this book to read at Christmastime.
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I read it to my kids and we all enjoyed it.
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I gave this book five stars it was amazing except the part were the tin solider had been burnt. He would have never gotten her he would have been heartbroken to find out she had two legs anyway. The jack in the box thing warned him.
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By erika on April 25, 2014
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NICE JOB TO THE BEST TAG IS A TO USE THE BEST OF LUCK YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ME TO BE A GREAT WAY TO BE A GREAT WAY TO BE THAT THE FIRST PLACE OF HISTORY AND FASHION AND THE BEST OF LUCK WITH ME.
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By Liam Wojciechowski on April 18, 2014
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I feel that this book is a good bedtime story because it is very short but it is very touching.
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Read to my grandson..he liked it..wish it had more pictures. We would recommend it to his friends in first grade
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