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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Illustrated by Fred Marcellino / Retold by Tor Seidler

Award-winning author Tor Seidler and the incomparable illustrator Fred Marcellino retell Hans Christian Anderson’s classic Christmas tale about a tin solder who is separated from the paper ballerina he loves in this stunning picture book that’s perfect for gift-giving.

True love blossoms between a handsome one-legged tin soldier and a graceful paper ballerina, posed in arabesque. But when a jealous goblin pushes the soldier out a window, the soldier embarks on a journey through storm drains, past toll-collecting rats, into canals, and inside a fish before finding his way back with his beloved ballerina.

Fred Marcellino, the renowned and beloved artist and illustrator, won a Caldecott Honor for his first full-color picture book, Puss in Boots. He began his career in children’s literature with Tor Seidler’s A Rat’s Tale in 1985, and followed with many other classics such as I, Crocodile and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

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