The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen;C. A. Reitzel 1838
Summary: A tin toy soldier with who stands on a single leg sees a paper ballerina with a spangle on her sash, who stands on one leg also. They fall in love. A troll warns the soldier to take his eyes off the ballerina, but the soldier ignores this warning. When the soldier falls from the windowsill the soldier finds himself in a wild adventure which leads him back home to the ballerina for an epic ending.
My Review: This is one of my favorite fairytales. I love the love story between the ballerina and the tin soldier. I think it is one of those tragically beautiful stories that lift up your heart.
Things to Watch Out For: Fire, Troll, a rat, a fish being caught and cut open, and evil little boys.