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Title:
The little match girl
Author:
San José, Christine.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
The wares of the poor little match girl illuminate her cold world, bringing some beauty to her brief, tragic life.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 60642.
Genre:
ISBN:
9781590780008
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Hans Christian Andersen's poignant story of a poor child trying to survive on the city streets is among the world's best-loved tales. Andersen, who grew up in the slums of Odense, Denmark, had first-hand knowledge of poverty and neglect. Drawing on his childhood experiences, he created a tale that has touched the hearts of generations. Christine San José captures the heart and lyricism of Andersen's classic in a tale "told with originality and grace," according to School Library Journal. First published in 1995, this retelling features beautiful new illustrations by Kestutis Kasparavicius.


Author Notes

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the best known figures in literature, is best know for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. The Danish writer was born in the slums of Odense. Although he was raised in poverty, he eventually attended Copenhagen University.

Although Andersen wrote poems, plays and books, he is best known for his Fairy Tales and Other Stories, written between 1835 and 1872. This work includes such famous tales as The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Ugly Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Story of a Mother and The Swineherd.

Andersen's greatest work is still influential today, helping mold some of the works of writers ranging from Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde and inspiring many of the works of Disney and other motion pictures.

Andersen, who traveled greatly during his life, died in his home in Rolighed on August 4, 1875.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 3. The little match girl, surely the most pathetic figure in children's literature, walks barefoot through the snowy streets on New Year's Eve. Unable to sell her matches and afraid to return home, she sinks to the ground and, to keep away the cold, lights one match after another. The matches she lights bring not only warmth and light but also comfort and, finally, a vision of her beloved grandmother. Begging her grandmother not to leave her alone, she lights all her remaining matches and is taken up to heaven. Passers-by find her body the next morning. San Jose provides a simplified but dignified retelling. A young child can understand the text, but few parents of preschoolers will want to present them with stories in which a child dies. Kasparavicius' softly colored ink-and-watercolor illustrations create lovely if sometimes static effects. A respectful rendering of the classic tale. Carolyn Phelan.


Publisher's Weekly Review

With their swirling snowflakes and meticulous period details, Isadora's paintings capture the essence of Andersen's story of a forlorn heroine. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A faithful retelling of the tale in which a poor child, unsuccessful in selling her matches on New Year's Eve and afraid to return home with no money, freezes to death on the streets. The reteller's dedication urges readers to remember "the boys and girls of the world who need us." The pretty illustrations, however, set the tale firmly in the Scandinavian world of the 19th century. Jerry Pinkney's adaptation of this story (Penguin Putnam, 1999) is more successful at creating a historical context in which contemporary children can imagine and empathize with the unfortunate young protagonist.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

It was nearly nightfall. The shoeless orphan girl blinked away thick white snowflakes falling in her eyes. Everyone in the great city was bundled and busy, heads down, eyes fixed on the black cobblestones peeking up through packed snow. A passing wagon spewed freezing slush across the child's loosely wrapped feet.  Out of the way,  its wheels grumbled. But the shivering girl was not afraid and did not step back. She stood silently, holding out all she had in the world--a bundle of wooden matches--saved for selling this Christmas Eve. Excerpted from The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.