There were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers. They were all brothers, born of the same old tin spoon. … All looked exactly alike except one. He looked a little different as he had been cast last of all. The tin was short, so he had only one leg. …. But just you see, he’ll be the remarkable one.
So begins Andersen’s classic tale of good and evil; purity and personality; fate and grace. In this boldly-illustrated contemporary retelling, Yoon takes on the harshness and poignancy of the story, leaving readers with the sense that nothing is ever lost—it just changes shape and continues anew.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier is the first story Andersen wrote without a folktale source or literary model, so it stands as a completely original work of the imagination, which changed the fairytale genre for all time.