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Five-and-twenty tin soldiers, all made from the same tin spoon, look alike except for the last one made. He stands firmly on his one leg. It is he who falls in love with the toy ballerina. Their tragic story is enhanced with blue-violet and red drawings.
- Randolph Caldecott Medal 1954 (Honor Title)
- ISBN: 9780684125077
Panoramic end papers set the scene for the creation of the familiar Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Ugly Duckling. Each full-page spread is lush with color that befits the beauty of the naturalistic setting. Pinkney imbues the animals with personality without anthropomorphizing them.