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Steadfast Tin Soldier
     

Steadfast Tin Soldier

by Adrian Mitchell (Retold by), Jonathan Heale (Illustrator), Hans Christian Andersen
 
The poignant tale of the soldier and the ballerina is retold in unforgettable style by Adrian Mitchell. With Jonathon Heale's rich woodcuts perfectly evoking the tenor of Hans Christian Andersen's original, this is another triumph for DK's series of Andersen classics.

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The poignant tale of the soldier and the ballerina is retold in unforgettable style by Adrian Mitchell. With Jonathon Heale's rich woodcuts perfectly evoking the tenor of Hans Christian Andersen's original, this is another triumph for DK's series of Andersen classics.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Marcellino beautifully illustrates this tale of the brave tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina. The soldier survives an incredible adventure only to be tossed in to the fire when he returns home. As he began to melt, the paper ballerina who he loves so desperately flies across room and joins him in the blaze. All that remained was a lump of tin in the shape of a heart and a burned spangle from the ballerina. The book was selected as one of the Ten Best Picture Books of the Year by the New York Times and one of the best by Booklist. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Andersen's poignant story of unrequited love has been retold here for dramatic reading by Mitchell, a storyteller and performing poet. Therefore, the text is faithful to the original plot but not to its prose, a fact that may be disturbing to purists who value Andersen's literary language as well as his themes. Children who have not heard such dramatic readings may find the phrasing and line arrangement awkward. However, because the printed text is arranged as poetry, it provides a pleasing visual complement to Heale's woodcuts. The artist has maintained a heavy black line and uses bold black borders to frame each single-page illustration. The prints are hand colored in muted watercolors with shades of blue and brown predominating. The exception to this color scheme is the tin soldier. Although his size in each picture is small, in keeping with his powerlessness, he is made central to each page by his red coat, a red first introduced on the endpapers. His image thus seems to stand out as brightly as his steadfast heart. The illustrations, on ecru paper, have a lovely antique look that captures the timelessness of the tale. While the book may be more faithful to Andersen's spirit than to this words, it makes a nice addition to other illustrated retellings of the story.-Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564583109
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/1996
Edition description:
First American Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.82(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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