A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen presented with modern illustrations. It’s a story about love at first sight. When the one-legged tin soldier saw the paper ballerina and assumed she was just like him, with one leg, falls in love with her. It’s a story of love, chance and fate.
Teaming up for another fairy tale retelling, following Hansel and Gretel (2008), Corace and Rylant breathe life into Hans Christian Andersen's story of a one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a dancing doll. She's as delicate as he is pokerfaced, but he sees that they have one thing in common: "Most amazingly of all, she balanced on one leg!" After a jealous goblin knocks the soldier out the window, he is pushed downstream in a newspaper boat and swallowed by a fish, but he meets his fate "with courage" until he can see the doll again. Rylant preserves the story's character-building insistence on the soldier's decorum throughout his ordeal. At the same time, the sight of him in his dress uniform, bayonet at the ready, lodged upside down in a garden bed or lying patiently in the belly of the huge fish will make readers smile. The slightly oversize format gives Corace scope to paint the period interiors from a toy's-eye view, echoing Rylant's opening observation: "Toys have their own mysterious lives and adventures that we may never know." Ages 4 8.
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What a horrid story. The entire 15 pages were depressing and seemed to have the message that you shouldn't wish for anything in life. It's an interesting quick read for fans of old stories, but not one I'll be likely to read to my daughter.
The original; not doctored
... but kind of sad in the ending; glad I read it on my own first instead of having first read it to the children. Sad-ending tale with a useful moral I might understand; this one's, though, seems to be "bad things happen to good people for no reason whatsoever", so I'd rather my children instead listen to anything in the very large audio library put out by Jim Weiss - those are also classics, AND fun.
Cute yet sad
I have played the game version of the story, but I also love the book! it's mAkes you want to cry but make you fall in love with the entire story characters and all