Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The classic children's story The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen, is retold for a Christmas audience as part of the annual Christmas concert series hosted by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

This beautifully illustrated edition shares the story of a young girl who attempts to sell her last bundle of matches on Christmas Eve. As the snow falls and the crowds pass her by, she strikes one of her matches, hoping for a little warmth. In its flame, she sees a vision of a roaring fire in a hot stove. The match goes out, taking the vision with it. A second match conjures a vision of a vast dining room complete with a feast fit for a king. The third match reveals a towering Christmas tree. With only a few matches left, she strikes them all and sees a vision of her beloved grandmother. Only this time, it is more than a vision as the spirit of grandmother takes the little match girl with her into heaven.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

Title: The Little Match Girl
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Retold by: David Warner
Paintings by: Greg Newbold
Published: 10/17/17
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Pages: 32
Genre: Classics

I remember reading plucking this off of the bookshelf in the library when I was in Elementary school, and sitting there reading it and just being completely inconsolable because it was just so sad. Now that I'm older, I see the moral behind the story. It highlights hope and trust in God despite any situation you're in, no matter how hopeless it may seem.

The incredible paintings by Newbold will make you feel the scenes. The cold nips at your fingertips. You go through the hopelessness with the little girl. Gorgeously drawn, I believe this is the best adaption of The Little Match Girl I've ever read.

Not only is it a good Christmas story, it also highlights the way things were back in the 19th century so it could also be used as learning material in a history class.


  1. This is a story that I always heard about but never read. I need to read this to my boys.

    1. It used to make me sob when I was younger! Hopefully they like it better than I did. Haha. I love it now because it's actually uplifting and I can see it. :)

  2. I feel like my mom read this to me when I was little! I can't wait until our girls are old enough to enjoy being read to. Right now they just like to eat the books LOL

  3. This book is going to be a great gift for my friends little one. I will have to get her a copy for Christmas.

  4. We grew up with this tale. I would like to tell it to my daughter some day.

  5. Aw, this book looks so sweet. I will have to get one for my niece!

  6. This is a great book. Can't wait to share it with my kids.

  7. This looks like an amazing book that I need to get my kids.

  8. What a beautiful book perfect for the holidays and a chilly winter's night. I need to add this to my Kiddie's list.

  9. I remember reading this as a child. I loved it :)

    Louise x

  10. I remember reading this. I believe we have a copy here too actually. We could use a newer version. I love books I read when I was younger that my kids can read.

  11. Hope my kids can get this too. Great book to read.

  12. Oh this is a perfect gift for kids. Thanks for your recommendation.

  13. I've never heard of this book before, but it looks like a good one. Definitely a great idea for a holiday gift.

  14. Beautiful story, perfect for little kids and a great discussion afterwards.