The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Written by Hans Christian Anderson
Illustrated by Joohee Yoon


The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson

A contemporary retelling of a beloved classic, The Steadfast Tin Soldier promises to enchant a new generation of readers.A forgotten classic, ripe for rediscovery. In a world in which books are under assault and have to compete with their digital counterparts, this book is a perfect example of what a book can be at its best qua book. Here again, paper, texture and color are all lovely and worth the investment. This book is printed with custom inks chosen by the publisher and illustrator to ensure a graphically striking book that will hold attention and catch the eye. Yoon's last book, The Tiger Who Would Be King, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2015.


Colored in bold reds, blacks, and grays, Yoon's angular mixed-media prints highlight the soldier's stoicism and the perils he faces. -- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly Colored in bold reds, blacks, and grays, Yoon's angular mixed-media prints highlight the soldier's stoicism and the perils he faces. -- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

Yoon faithfully retells Andersen's literary fairy tale in sober prose and dazzling illustrations, created by hand drawing, relief printing, and computer techniques. The story of the one-legged toy soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina and accidentally embarks on a series of adventures certainly has its grim moments, and Yoon's art-with its layered patterns and textures, limited palette (red, black, and gray), and dynamic perspectives-revels in these. ... Yoon's art, with its intentionally static feel despite all those eye-catching patterns, evokes the heart of Andersen's tale: the tragedy of the soldier's steadfastness and enforced passivity. -Katrina Hedeen, The Horn Book

About the Author

JooHee Yoon is an illustrator and printmaker committed to the art of bookmaking. She enjoys combining illustration with design whenever possible and using both traditional and industrial printing techniques for her projects. Rather than a single approach, she tries to match the tone of each project. She strives to create picture books that work on many levels and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Hans Christian Andersen was a product of two towns, two social environments, two worlds and two ages. Both as a man and as a writer he thus continually developed and changed, but was also in constant dialogue with himself and even at times at war with himself. Thus his social rise provides the direct and indirect motif in many of his tales, novels and plays, both as a productive source in his search for a new and more comprehensive identity and as a source of perpetual and unresolved traumas.

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64 pages


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Enchanted Lion Books

Publication date

15th November 2016



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