Book of the Week: The Steadfast Tin Soldier

April 15, 2013

Images and text by Carter.

This imaginative retelling of The Steadfast Tin Soldier is an epic love story in thirty-two pages. Hans Christian Anderson’s timeless fairy tale has never looked more stunning than this! The illustrations by Jen Corace are striking and intricate, and they wrap around Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical text so beautifully.

A tin soldier, missing a leg. A dainty ballerina, balancing on one. Love at first sight. Endless stares! Just as in the original, a goblin has other plans for the pair — and tries his darndest to keep the tin solider down. But a steadfast tin soldier is not discouraged. Whether upside down in the garden, floating past a gruff giant rat, or swallowed whole by a fish, our hero’s heart only beats for that ballerina. What wins here, a mean old goblin or true love? I think you know. Perfect for kids, perhaps even more perfect for the rest of us. 

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

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1 Marille April 15, 2013 at 7:03 am

It looks like it’s beautifully illustrated, and yet I am so skeptical, given how the original version ends. I sometimes think HCA didn’t write children’s books; he wrote for adults in a child-oriented style.


2 Carter Higgins April 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

Cynthia Rylant created a really beautiful ending — a twist on the original. Check it out if you get a chance, because it surprised me, too!


3 Danzel B. April 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

Oh goodness, Hans Christian Andersen and Jen Corace in one book! I’m so excited to get a copy of this in my hands!


4 Bestof2sisters April 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

Carter, this looks like a stunning book. Thank you for sharing. I’d love to get hold of it, and admire the text and illustrations.
Really enjoy your book reviews! C x


5 Carter Higgins April 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

Thank you!


6 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag April 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

Oh WOW, Rylant and Corace… I can’t wait to see what they did with this one!


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