The Steadfast Tin Soldier

This is an absolutely sumptuous version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, adapted by Tor Seidler and Fred Marcellino. Publisher’s Weekly: “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 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” — the setting is Christmas — “this exquisite book may well stay on the shelf year-round.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars. Be warned: this version does not have a happy ending.

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~ by kaychubbuck on December 5, 2011.

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