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The one-legged Steadfast Tin Soldier braves all sorts of adventures to return to his true love the Ballerina. Fillers Include: Aesop's Fables The Actor and the Farmer, A poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Young Night Thought, The Animal World -- The Dingo and a color me page on the back inside cover.


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The one-legged Steadfast Tin Soldier braves all sorts of adventures to return to his true love the Ballerina. Fillers Include: Aesop's Fables The Actor and the Farmer, A poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Young Night Thought, The Animal World -- The Dingo and a color me page on the back inside cover.

30 review for The Steadfast Tin Soldier

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    Have you ever felt that you love one author but still you don't wanna read his works?? That's my case with Hans' short stories. I soo much love his writing style and his imagination. But I hate his bitter endings of his tales. I mean why he can't give me a happy ending??! I know he just shows the reality. And far-somewhere in my heart I also feel that he does the right thing. But still I can't love these endings. This tale is pretty much predictable for me as I have read some of Hans' tales bef Have you ever felt that you love one author but still you don't wanna read his works?? That's my case with Hans' short stories. I soo much love his writing style and his imagination. But I hate his bitter endings of his tales. I mean why he can't give me a happy ending??! I know he just shows the reality. And far-somewhere in my heart I also feel that he does the right thing. But still I can't love these endings. This tale is pretty much predictable for me as I have read some of Hans' tales before. Tin soldier, who has only one leg, falls in love with a paper-bellerina. But one day he falls off the window of the house. He faces many obstacles in the world and tries to survive and come to paper-ballerina. (view spoiler)[ In the end, he manages to come back to paper-ballerina. Tin soldier is thrown into the fire by a kid and paper-ballerina manages to jump in the fire too. So they both get each other but it's toooooo late. (hide spoiler)] Except for the ending(=_=), I loved this tale soo much! 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    A romantic tale that’s both tragic and beautiful in its simplicity, yet also perceptive in its underlying theme that one’s destiny is left entirely up to chance. I like to believe that although the course of true love never did run smooth, if you remain steadfast and true in the face of adversity, love will lead you home.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    The Brave Tin Soldier or "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a fairy story by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It was first published in 1838, along with "The Daisy" and "The Wild Swans". The author used to publish his stories in little booklets of two or three, and this was Hans Christian Andersen’s first set not to be based on an existing folk tale, but was his own original idea. It tells of a tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina. I have known this story for as long as I ca The Brave Tin Soldier or "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a fairy story by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It was first published in 1838, along with "The Daisy" and "The Wild Swans". The author used to publish his stories in little booklets of two or three, and this was Hans Christian Andersen’s first set not to be based on an existing folk tale, but was his own original idea. It tells of a tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina. I have known this story for as long as I can remember. It tells of a boy, who is given a box of twenty-five tin soldiers for his birthday. We learn that all the soldiers are alike, except for the last one, who has to stand on a single leg. This happened because they were all cast from one old tin spoon, and there wasn't quite enough metal to make the final soldier complete. From where he stands, the last tin soldier can see a beautiful ballerina. Not only is she beautiful, but it appears as if she too has only one leg, because of her poised dancer's position, with her leg raised behind her. The soldier falls in love with the beautiful paper ballerina cut-out. That night, a Jack-in-the-box catches the soldier staring at the ballerina. He is very jealous, and threatens him. The next day, the soldier is placed near the window and - very suspiciously - happens to falls out of it, landing in the street below. All the children look for him, but their search is useless. He is so small that he just seems to have disappeared down a crack. (view spoiler)[Then some poor boys find him, and pick him up, deciding to have a game with him. They put him in a boat made out of newspaper, and let him float down into the gutter. The tin soldier has a perilous journey and gets washed into a canal. A rat is guarding the entrance, and he demands that the soldier pay him a toll fee. The boat carries the tin soldier into deeper and deeper water, until eventually he is swallowed by a fish. Yet that is still not the end of our brave hero. The fish is caught and sold in a market. It is to be cooked as the dinner for a family, so it is gutted in a kitchen ready. But who should pop out but the little tin soldier! The cook who has bought the tin soldier is amazed, as (with a remarkable coincidence) she happens to work for the little boy's family. Instantly she recognises the one-legged tin soldier who had fallen out of the window so long ago, and never been found. The children are very pleased to see him, and the tin soldier is overjoyed to be back at home again, with all his familiar friends. Nothing seems to have changed - and there across the room he can see his own beautiful ballerina holding her steady pose. She has waited for him, and looks straight at him as she always did. The two gaze into each other's eyes. Their love is still true, thinks the tin soldier. Then oddly, one little boy takes it into his head to grab the tin soldier, and throw him into the fire. The tin soldier steadfastly holds onto his gun, and gazes lovingly into the ballerina's eyes, even as he starts to melt. But opportunely a lucky breeze catches hold of the ballerina, and wafts her straight into the middle of the fire, by the tin soldier's side. Being made of paper, she is at once consumed by the flames, but the two are now happily ensconced in each other's arms. The next morning, the maid opens the stove and what should she find in the ashes of the fire, but a little tin heart and a single metal spangle from the ballerina's dress. (hide spoiler)] As well as being an original tale, critics have noticed a marked difference in this story. Unusually, it is fate which determines all the events, rather than a character's actions. True, the tin soldier comes across as stoical and steadfast, but he is also passive. He neither speaks nor acts - yet he could have forestalled some events, by acting differently. Interpreted one way, the tin soldier seals his doom, where he could have had both life and love had he spoken. It is thought that yet again the author has written himself into the story. Hans Christian Andersen felt himself to be inadequate with women, and to be alienated from society, whilst passively accepting his position. This is one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous stories, and represents one of his best, in my opinion. It is very similar in theme and feel to "The Little Mermaid", although The Brave Tin Soldier literally gave me nightmares as a child. I remember crying bitterly for the tin soldier without a leg. Afterwards, whenever I saw mannequins in clothes shops, they were "ladies without arms" and they upset me too. I had a hatred and fear of Jack-in-the-boxes. I refused to go into the butcher's and fishmonger's. And, worst of all, were the many dreadful nightmares I had about fire. Admittedly this last was not helped by an information safety leaflet brought home from school, with a terrifying photo of a little girl with her dress in flames on the front. Or seeing "that bit" near the end in a television dramatisation of "Great Expectations". But putting all these things - some of which still make me slightly on edge (although not actually phobic!) as an adult - together, shows me how young minds can be overwhelmed by images which they conjure up in their heads. And sometimes these images are prompted by stories they hear or read. Stories can be powerful stuff. So, I personally have a love-hate relationship with this story. But it is one of Hans Christian Andersen's best, I think. And if you enjoy his bitter-sweet tales, rather than finding them maudlin and depressing, you will probably love this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia-Savannah Roach

    Oh, this one made me laugh out loud. I am loving these fairytales! In this one the clear theme is lust, and that it's bad. The ending is so sudden and abrupt, it had me cackling. I'm not sure why though. It actually isn't that funny, because it is quite morbid. I think I am enjoying horror and the happy/morbid contrast in these fairytales a *little* too much... I felt like in the middle there was likely some biblical story referencing. It was a very Jonah and the Whale kind of moment. All in quit Oh, this one made me laugh out loud. I am loving these fairytales! In this one the clear theme is lust, and that it's bad. The ending is so sudden and abrupt, it had me cackling. I'm not sure why though. It actually isn't that funny, because it is quite morbid. I think I am enjoying horror and the happy/morbid contrast in these fairytales a *little* too much... I felt like in the middle there was likely some biblical story referencing. It was a very Jonah and the Whale kind of moment. All in quite nice, but not as interesting to me as some of the other fairytales have been.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    Quick Re-read and I'll never be able to comprehend how Anderson wrote such bittersweet, complicated stories FOR CHILDREN. Sure, it's about tin soldiers. But it's also about longing, man vs fate, misplaced loyalty and a whole lotta important questions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eman

    The more I read for Hans Christian Andersen, the more I become convinced that he didn't write those tales for kids despite their childish themes. The stories are heart-breaking and his happy-endings are absolutely dark and surreal. The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a tale about a remarkable toy soldier. He's 1 of 25 others made of an old tin spoon. He's distinguished from his brothers for having 1 leg only.. (Yes, there wasn't enough tin left to make the other leg.) He falls in love with a pretty ball The more I read for Hans Christian Andersen, the more I become convinced that he didn't write those tales for kids despite their childish themes. The stories are heart-breaking and his happy-endings are absolutely dark and surreal. The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a tale about a remarkable toy soldier. He's 1 of 25 others made of an old tin spoon. He's distinguished from his brothers for having 1 leg only.. (Yes, there wasn't enough tin left to make the other leg.) He falls in love with a pretty ballerina toy as he sees her standing on 1 leg, so he thinks they have something in common.. (Aww!) Following some misfortunes, they eventually have a gloomy happy ending.. (Typical Hans!) (view spoiler)[They both melt in fire, but at least they're finally together (hide spoiler)] . What drew my attention is the resemblance in some occasions between this book and Toy Story.. For example, when children go away, toys start to play. I guess it somehow inspired Toy Story's creators? Just sayin'. Morals of the story: - Recycling is kinda romantic. - Don't ever fret for being different; embrace your uniqueness instead of developing an inferiority complex. - Be careful what you wish for; love can be lethal.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thor

    When my mom first read this story to me when i was little I didn't understand what it was really about. I asked her and she told me "you'll understand when you're older." I picked this book up when I was cleaning my room one day and read it to myself. By the last page I was tearing up because I found the story so beautiful. I highly suggest this book to anyone. It is a little sad but it is a beautiful story. I love it and it's my favorite love story. This book makes me tear up everytime I read When my mom first read this story to me when i was little I didn't understand what it was really about. I asked her and she told me "you'll understand when you're older." I picked this book up when I was cleaning my room one day and read it to myself. By the last page I was tearing up because I found the story so beautiful. I highly suggest this book to anyone. It is a little sad but it is a beautiful story. I love it and it's my favorite love story. This book makes me tear up everytime I read it and smile. And it's a great book to read aloud. My girlfriend read it to me when i was sad one day and it made me feel better. I like to call her "my ballerina" and I'm her "Tin soldier".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful and tragic stories I have read, Hans Christian Anderson can never fail. (view spoiler)[ I love the how the tin solider falls in love with the ballerina and goes through so much to be able to be back with her. To be only thrown into a fire once he see her again. Yet there is a happy ending with her melting with him into a small tinder heart. It shows the true love even though it is with toys it is a version of romeo and Juliet and left me in tears. In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful and tragic stories I have read, Hans Christian Anderson can never fail. (view spoiler)[ I love the how the tin solider falls in love with the ballerina and goes through so much to be able to be back with her. To be only thrown into a fire once he see her again. Yet there is a happy ending with her melting with him into a small tinder heart. It shows the true love even though it is with toys it is a version of romeo and Juliet and left me in tears. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimmy

    OMG! I still remember cold, snowy days when my brother and I would snuggle up next to our mother to listen to this story. It made my mother cry and it made us cry. A fantastic story. If you have little ones or know someone who does, you have to get this one for them!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Briar's 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 and has beautiful imagery. Five out of five stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sadia Mansoor

    Though everyone is saying that its a sad, tragic story but I didn't find it too tragic.. People are talking about all the sad things found in the story, but I have infer many positive points in it. First of all, the one legged tin soldier never faced difficulty in walking even though he was not the same as the rest of his soldier brothers. He never expressed any sadness over having only one leg. He just used to spend time admiring the beautiful Ballerina, who also happen to have a single leg lik Though everyone is saying that its a sad, tragic story but I didn't find it too tragic.. People are talking about all the sad things found in the story, but I have infer many positive points in it. First of all, the one legged tin soldier never faced difficulty in walking even though he was not the same as the rest of his soldier brothers. He never expressed any sadness over having only one leg. He just used to spend time admiring the beautiful Ballerina, who also happen to have a single leg like him too. The doesn't move/walk a lot, nor it was needed because he doesn't want to lose the beautiful sight of her standing in front of him in the palace. He was either kept in the box or put outside in the playing time. When he faced many obstacles in his life, he never once complained about them because he is a soldier & soldiers are supposed to show bravery. So, he tackled everything with patience & ended up in the same place, from where he was thrown out. This was the place where his lady love was present. He just couldn't stop thinking about her when he was outside, so fate brought him here again. This shows that if you yearns for something so intensely, fate will bring it to you one day.. Lastly, he died with his love. They were both burned & melted into nothing. Though, his wish to be with her in the world was never fulfilled, but at least they both were together when their lives were ending. They had each other in their last moments. They saw their end together & at that moment too, the soldier didn't complain nor said that his life was a waste. One should remember that he is a soldier & a soldier's life has to end one day. His enemy was right in front of him, even living with him. He was betrayed by this own people but he martyred happily. Their lives ended but their true love will live forever! This is the link to the story https://fairytalez.com/steadfast-tin-...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meowkel

    This fairytale is one of the earliest definitions of plot twist. This is by far the most impressive Hans Christian Andersen tale that I have read. Though the twist escalated too quickly, the ending justified it. Who knows a story eight-pages long could give me a major heartbreak? And how come this tale isn't as famous as The Little Mermaid? This is even a whole lot better. "The tin soldier stood framed in a blaze of light. The heat was intense, but whether this came from the fire or his burning lo This fairytale is one of the earliest definitions of plot twist. This is by far the most impressive Hans Christian Andersen tale that I have read. Though the twist escalated too quickly, the ending justified it. Who knows a story eight-pages long could give me a major heartbreak? And how come this tale isn't as famous as The Little Mermaid? This is even a whole lot better. "The tin soldier stood framed in a blaze of light. The heat was intense, but whether this came from the fire or his burning love, he could not tell. His bright colours were gone—but whether they had been washed away by his journey, or through his sorrow, none could say."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    One of Hans Christian Andersen's 'Fairy Tales Told for Children', 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' tells the story of a soldier, who has only one leg and who, while inhabiting the playroom, spots a ballet dancer who is standing on one leg with her other leg out at right angles behind her (probably the Attitude derrière position but I am no balletomane!) and he seemingly falls in love with her. All day as he stood with his fellow two-legged soldiers he admired the ballet dancer who was stood in a castl One of Hans Christian Andersen's 'Fairy Tales Told for Children', 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' tells the story of a soldier, who has only one leg and who, while inhabiting the playroom, spots a ballet dancer who is standing on one leg with her other leg out at right angles behind her (probably the Attitude derrière position but I am no balletomane!) and he seemingly falls in love with her. All day as he stood with his fellow two-legged soldiers he admired the ballet dancer who was stood in a castle doorway with arms outstretched. And when the toys were all put away in a box at night he managed to roll away and remain outside the box. Thus he was able to admire the ballet dancer and while all the other toys played the night away he stared at her as she held out her arms to him. Then one day he was unfortunately blown out of the window and he endured a series of unhappy incidents but he remained resolutely firm and unwavering in his hope that he would one day see his beloved ballet dancer again. He sailed in a paper boat down into a dark cave and was then eaten by a fish. Fortunately the fish was caught and opened up and the tin soldier was washed off and, to his delight, returned to the very playroom he had fallen out of; all these incidents within the tale are complemented by the lifting of a flap that reveals the action. The ballet dancer was still there and the tin solider thought, 'She waited for me. We can be friends.' But then the fairy tale seems to go sadly wrong when he falls off the table on which he had been placed and falls into the fire. And the consequences of this go out of the realms of fairy tales as he gets reunited with his ballet dancer in a most bizarre way - and a way that makes this book, that I bought for my friend's young daughter, one that will not be going to her but will be sent to a charity shop ... ... fairy tale? Well, for me it isn't, with that ending, it is more a horror story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stan

    This is a beautiful but sad love story. A good example of the saying: Life is what happens while you're making other plans. The tin soldier is so brave—because he has to be, and the ballerina is so reserved—because she has to be. They have no control over their situations, which makes the story all the more touching, but they know their hearts and remain true to them. I read this story from three different picture books because I enjoy the illustrations as well as the story. The first two books, This is a beautiful but sad love story. A good example of the saying: Life is what happens while you're making other plans. The tin soldier is so brave—because he has to be, and the ballerina is so reserved—because she has to be. They have no control over their situations, which makes the story all the more touching, but they know their hearts and remain true to them. I read this story from three different picture books because I enjoy the illustrations as well as the story. The first two books, illustrated by P. J. Lynch and David Jorgensen, were the story as told by Hans Christian Andersen; the third book was a retelling of the story by Cynthia Rylant—I like Rylant's style— with illustrations by Jen Corace is much the same, but the ending is different.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nikole

    Not how I expected it to end. Very depressing and it was overall a very strange read. Not what I expected for a children's book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    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 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 t 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 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by David Jorgensen. Like The Little Mermaid or The Ugly Duckling , this story of a one-legged tin soldier's love for a paper ballerina is one of Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy-tales. It follows its titular hero through a number of adventures - from falling out a window, to riding through the city's sewers - until chance returns him to his home, and his beloved. Unfortunately, as is so often the case in Andersen's fairy-tale world, all is not The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by David Jorgensen. Like The Little Mermaid or The Ugly Duckling , this story of a one-legged tin soldier's love for a paper ballerina is one of Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy-tales. It follows its titular hero through a number of adventures - from falling out a window, to riding through the city's sewers - until chance returns him to his home, and his beloved. Unfortunately, as is so often the case in Andersen's fairy-tale world, all is not happily ever after... This edition of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, illustrated by David Jorgensen, seems to have been created for the Rabbit Ears program, and would ideally be accompanied by a CD, with music by Mark Isham and narration by Jeremy Irons. I myself picked up the book alone, and can't help feeling that I missed out on something. Jorgensen's illustrations (watercolors?) were a little too indistinct and blurry for my taste, with no hint of the menace to be found in P.J. Lynch's version. It's possible that I would have been more favorably impressed, if I had the CD as well, but judged on its own merits, this retelling left me feeling indifferent. Definitely not the version I would recommend!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    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 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 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 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Faizan

    what happened.. short stories.. I am back..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    So I have this on my bookshelves and last Christmas my daughter chose it to read. I remembered that I had read it once to my oldest child a long time before, but couldn't remember why I hadn't read it again. Well, when she started crying at the end, I figured it out! Pretty sad ending for a Christmas story about a toy soldier. I asked her if she liked the book and she said "NO!"

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashanti Wilson

    I thought this story was beautifully written. I love that even though he was a toy solider he had feelings like a human. Falling in love with a beautiful doll and going on an incredible expedition! And most important he got the woman of his dreams even if it cost bothe them there lives. What some people do for love is just amazing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Aziz

    ugh dang it I cried. at first I was mostly appreciating the themes of acceptance and love, but now I obviously see how the steadfastness of the soldier was probably the main idea. so many crazy things, but “he still stood steadfast, shouldering is musket.” ugh my heart. Andersen, you jerk, your stupid kid’s book made me cry like a baby

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    What a sweet yet tragic love story. I needed something to read, so I got this as a free book on ibooks. I loved the illustrations! The story was very sweet, but wasn't expecting that ending. Funny how a children's book can end up that way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yekaterina

    A tin soldier comes out if a tin box with only one leg. This ends up being the least of his worries. This story is extremely sad and pathetic. I wish there was either more plot or less awful events. I would never read this to a child.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    The course of true love never did run smooth, and certainly not in this short story with one misfortune after another befalling a love struck tin soldier. A beautiful short story that manages to say so much with so little. 3.5 / 5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Favourite Character: The Tin-Solder Cute, but sad story, I'm glad I didn't read it as a kid (lol).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kati Kettleson

    Personal Response: I gave this story three out of five stars because I thought it was cute, but I think kids of a younger age would enjoy it more. I also enjoyed the parts of the story: love, adventure, and the longing to get back to where you are from. Recommendation: I would recommend this parents who have a child under the age of seven. I say that because at that age kids imaginations are still running wild. The parents would also get to bond with their children when they read it to them. Cha Personal Response: I gave this story three out of five stars because I thought it was cute, but I think kids of a younger age would enjoy it more. I also enjoyed the parts of the story: love, adventure, and the longing to get back to where you are from. Recommendation: I would recommend this parents who have a child under the age of seven. I say that because at that age kids imaginations are still running wild. The parents would also get to bond with their children when they read it to them. Characterization: Brave Tin Soldier: In the beginning of the story you find out that this soldier is different. He only has one leg, but doesn't let that affect him at all. When he first laid eyes on the dancer, he knew that he needed to be with her. Throughout the story he goes through many disappointments, but in the end he gets to be with her. Dancer: Even though the dancer was quiet and didn't come to "life" when the humans went to sleep, I think she noticed the Brave Tin Soldier right away. When the Tin Soldier finally made it back to all the toys but ended up in the oven, it was destiny for her to end up with him. Black Goblin: The black goblin made it hard for the Brave Tin Soldier to get to the dancer. I think he cast curses on him because he liked the dancer as well, and knew that he couldn't compete with a soldier. Plot: In the beginning of the story, you find out that a little boy got twenty-five little tin soldiers for his birthday. One of the twenty-five was special, he was made with only one leg. The tin soldiers were added on to his toy collection. The two toys that the Brave Tin Soldier noticed were a castle with a beautiful dancer figurine and a black goblin. When the tin soldiers came out of the box the next day, the Brave Tin Soldier was the only one who was put by the open window. He thought this was the curse of the black goblin because a wind came and then knocked him out of the window, down two stories, and ended up on the lawn. Next, two kids found the soldier just before the rain came. When the rain came, the kids made a boat out of paper for the Brave Tin Soldier to ride in. They then put the boat into the gutter of their house. The ride was crazy for the soldier. He met a rat and most of the ride was dark. He then ended up back in the house on the kitchen table. Another gust of wind came, but this time the Brave Tin Soldier ended up in the oven. He started melting when the door opened and the dancer came flying in. She landed laying right next to him. She burned up right away, but the soldier melted into the shape of a heart. Child's Response: I read this to my neighbor who is five years old. He was very interested in the book, especially when the tin soldier was on the boat in the gutters. After the book was done, he asked why the dancer and tin soldier had to go into the oven.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krystal Leonardo von Seyfried

    loved this story. hans christian andersen really has a way with words - makes me really want to visit københavn and walk the gardens he walked and see the sights he saw... this is the story of a little tin soldier with only one leg, who falls in love with the toy ballerina who also has only one leg. he goes on a crazy journey away from the home toy room - he gets eaten by a fish, ends up underground, etc... and somehow ends up back in the toy room, by a crazy ass miracle. but, he gets thrown into loved this story. hans christian andersen really has a way with words - makes me really want to visit københavn and walk the gardens he walked and see the sights he saw... this is the story of a little tin soldier with only one leg, who falls in love with the toy ballerina who also has only one leg. he goes on a crazy journey away from the home toy room - he gets eaten by a fish, ends up underground, etc... and somehow ends up back in the toy room, by a crazy ass miracle. but, he gets thrown into the fire, thanks to a mean troll goblin kinda toy that tricked the owner or something. when the little tin soldier is thrown into the fire, his ballerina follows - a draft of air pushes her into the fire. they burn up together and that is how the story ends... the end of the story is so much like that of undine that i need to comment on it... undine is a fairytale novella from 1811 by friedrich heinrich karl de la motte fouqué and ends with the two lovers embracing each other, with undine becoming a spring of everlasting love. the toy ballerina and the tin soldier are not said to have gone off to be together in the afterlife explicitly, but i like to believe that they did. fire is a powerful element, and i can definitely see it carry these two star crossed toy lovers away into the beyond... weirdly the story is almost mature with the longing that the two toys feel for one another. "he looked at her and she looked at him, but they never said a word..." is this a love story or a children's tale? both, it seems... beautiful, fun little story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Oh my goodness; I had mostly forgotten about this story. You know how you can love a story as a child, but then forget about it as time goes on, but somehow you stumble across it once again and realize that it was always there in the back of your mind and that you had never really forgotten it? That is what this story is like for me. I remember reading it; I must have had a children's book of illustrated fairy tales with this in it. I loved this fairytale. If someone had asked me to tell them the Oh my goodness; I had mostly forgotten about this story. You know how you can love a story as a child, but then forget about it as time goes on, but somehow you stumble across it once again and realize that it was always there in the back of your mind and that you had never really forgotten it? That is what this story is like for me. I remember reading it; I must have had a children's book of illustrated fairy tales with this in it. I loved this fairytale. If someone had asked me to tell them the story of the twelve tin soldiers made out of a spoon I would have been able to remember almost all of it even though I hadn't read it for years. This fairytale is really bittersweet; apparently I've always loved those types of stories. I love them now, and am only just realizing that I have always loved them. As I was re-reading this I was thinking that I didn't remember the fairytale ending happily, which was the direction in which it seemed to be going. I didn't remember how it ended, but I remember how the ending felt. Then I actually got to the ending I absolutely love this and feel happy at re-discovering it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Thabata

    “Steadfast – 1) a: firmly fixed in place, immovable b) not subject to change 2) firm in belief, determination.” (from Merriam-Webster dictionary). Ever since a young age I’ve been a collector of words. Interesting words, beautiful words, incongruous words. The first time I stumbled upon this story I too was fairly young. Years later I found out about John Keats and fell in love with his poem “Bright Star”. In it, it has the word “steadfast”. That was the first time we stumbled upon each other (E “Steadfast – 1) a: firmly fixed in place, immovable b) not subject to change 2) firm in belief, determination.” (from Merriam-Webster dictionary). Ever since a young age I’ve been a collector of words. Interesting words, beautiful words, incongruous words. The first time I stumbled upon this story I too was fairly young. Years later I found out about John Keats and fell in love with his poem “Bright Star”. In it, it has the word “steadfast”. That was the first time we stumbled upon each other (English not being my mother tongue). And then, a decade or more ahead in time, this little story of Hans Christian Andersen found me again. As a child, it was just plain sad. As an adult, my interpretation grew akin to the nuances of its composition. The tin soldier, firm in its post, in its standing, in its composure and beliefs, ultimately, in his love. It has adventure, it deals with joy, differences, cruelty, neglect, permanence, return and love. Worth to be read by all ages, it is a very rich text, to be explored with delight and attention.

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