The Steadfast Tin Soldier

by Hans Christian Andersen

Hardcover, 1992



Local notes

398.2 And




Harcourt Childrens Books (J) (1992), Edition: 1st U.S. ed, Library Binding


The perilous adventures of a toy soldier who loves a paper dancing girl culminate in tragedy for both of them.


Caldecott Medal (Honor Book)
IBBY Honour Book (Illustration — 2010)

Original publication date


Physical description

9 x 0.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member eecnelsen
This could be a lesson for treat people nicely who are diffrent. The soldier had only one leg and was given a hard time for it but he stayed polite and brave even though his life wasn't going as he hoped.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by Fred Marcellino.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier - Den Standhaftige Tinsoldat in the original Danish - is the melancholy tale of one-legged toy soldier, who stays true to his love for a paper ballerina when chance, or the (possible) machinations of a jealous
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goblin, take him far from her side. Although the use of a toy figurine is reminiscent of Andersen's The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, the theme of unrequited love in the story also reminded me of his tale of The Snowman.

This edition of the tale, adapted by Tor Seidler and illustrated by Fred Marcellino - who also worked together on Seidler's A Rat's Tale and The Wainscott Weasel - features an engaging narrative and appealing illustrations. I was a little puzzled to see that Marcellino, who was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 1991 for Puss in Boots, chose to locate this tale in a Christmas setting, as the original clearly states that the boy receives a gift of tin soldiers for his birthday. Perhaps he felt that the many Christmas elements - the decorated tree, the piles of gifts, the many visitors - would add to the richness of his paintings? In any case, it was a little odd to see the Christmas setting, although the artwork was quite beautiful.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by P.J. Lynch.

Originally published in 1838, as part of the first booklet of Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. (Fairy Tales Told to Children), The Steadfast Tin Soldier is another of those Andersen tales - like The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, and, to a lesser
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extent, The Old House - featuring the misadventures of a sentient toy. The story of a one-legged tin soldier, who stoically endures a series of hair-raising experiences - falling to the street from a high window-sill, floating along a sewer in a flimsy paper boat, being swallowed by a fish - all while staying true to his beloved (a paper ballerina), it ends with the usual Andersen gloom.

This edition, translated by Naomi Lewis, features beautiful illustrations by P.J. Lynch, who has worked on everything from E. Nesbit's Melisande to O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. Vividly colorful and immensely involving, his paintings ably convey the terror of the story - his depiction of the goblin in the box was particularly creepy. I cannot say that The Steadfast Tin Soldier is one of my favorite Andersen tales, but this retelling certainly did keep my attention.
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LibraryThing member bokeef2
The Brave Tin Soldier
Bryan O'Keeffe

I had read this story as a child and still loved this book and story. This is a classic and will never get old or become a bad story. The thing I really enjoyed most was the plot in this story. The story was written in a classical historical feel. The story did
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not feel like it was written in the last several decades. I really liked how the story did not include that many illustrations. Usually I would feel opposite about this book but I think because the book was written so long ago that less was more. This left it up to the reader to really imagine the story in their head I did enjoy the 5 illustrations that were included in the book. They were only of several colors and looked to be of pen and paper as well, which gave the book an even more authentic historical feel. I would recommend this book to all who are looking for a classic book to read.
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LibraryThing member vonze
For a freebie from itunes, this was beautifully done, however the story, itself, was just awful. Don't read it to kids if your looking for a happily-ever-after type tale or if they cry when characters die.
LibraryThing member Briars_Reviews
I always adored The Steadfast (or Constant) Tin Soldier. Since I saw many different adaptions of this story, I wanted to read the original piece and get a grasp on the themes made by Hans Christian Anderson. It is by far my favourite made by him, and I adore it! The story addresses an amazing theme
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and has beautiful imagery. Five out of five stars!
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