Introduction to the Tin Soldier
This story was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1838. The original name is “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”
Look up the adjective ‘steadfast’ in a dictionary. What does this word mean? Try to write a sentence that uses this word.
Watch the following animated version of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”. Then, answer the questions below.
- Who was the tin soldier? Why was he different to the other soldiers?
- How did he feel about being different? How do you know?
- Where was the story set? What places did the soldier travel to?
- Why did the goblin want the soldier to leave the boy’s bedroom?
- How did the soldier find his way back to the boy’s bedroom?
- How did the story make you feel? Why?
Pick two images from the film that you remember. Explain why you like these images and how the image communicates information to the viewer (use of close up, colours, expression on faces etc.)
Read the “Brave Tin Soldier” and answer the following questions:
- Why does the soldier only have one leg?
- On what occasions during the story does the soldier say or do nothing, when more decisive action might have brought a better outcome? Why is the soldier so reluctant to act?
- How might the story have turned out differently had the soldier acted differently on those occasions?
- Why does the dancer appear only to have one leg?
- How do you think the dancer feels about the soldier and why?
- What is the motive for the goblin’s actions?
Choose one of the following tasks and post it on your WordPress Blog:
A. The Brave Tin Soldier has a physical limitation because he has a broken leg, but he doesn’t let his limitation hold him back. Write about people with physical limitations and how they should be treated. What famous people do you know who have physical limitations?
B. The Golden Goblin says that he is the oldest toy in the toy room. He was originally the toy of the boy’s grandfather. Talk to a parent or grandparent about the toys that they had when they were little. How are those toys different from the ones you have now?