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The Little Match Girl

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  12,352 ratings  ·  360 reviews
The wares of the poor little match girl illuminate her cold world, bringing some beauty to her brief, tragic life.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2003 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1845)
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Rain ~miss kinky knickers~
I simply cannot bring myself to rate this.
It's one of those bedtime stories from my childhood, that were read to me repeatedly, and that stayed carved in my memory for good.

Only, this particular one is kind of an issue for me.
When you're a kid - three or four years old - you're bound to enjoy the numerous fairy tales, and think about... well, fairies, and princes, and frogs, and villains, and magic, and God knows what else. And it's great. Almost everything is great at that age, but still...

Anyw
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Manny
I think I first read it, in English, when I was about seven, but I only just got around to looking at the Danish original. If it doesn't bring tears to your eyes, then your heart is truly of stone.
Huda Aweys
Every time I read it I can not really prevent myself from crying it's not just a tale for children it is deeper than that and really afford meaning, many novels of famous writers does not afford
كل مرة باقراها بابكى .. دى موش مجرد حكايه للاطفال بجد قصة معبرة و اعمق و اكبر معنى و جملة من روايات لكتير من الادباء العالميين
Kandice
*Crosses right hand over heart* Hi! My name is Kandice and I am a Scholastic junkie... You know, those flimsy, newspapery catalogues with all the cool, discounted books in them that teachers send home with their students? Yeeeesssssss! ILLLLLLOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE Scholastic!

I loved Scholastic when I was a kid and recently rekindled my love when I became a mom. I noticed a parent with one at a play centre and attacked her, “Where did you get those!?!?!” She pointed to a huge stack close by,
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Mia Queen
Bagi angkatan 80’an seperti saya di mana jaman SD bacaan hanya berkisar donal bebek, komik Nina dan kumpulan dongeng tentunya nama Hans Christian Andersen melekat kuat di ingatan kita. Kisah tragis gadis korek api, cinta putri duyung yang bertepuk sebelah tangan, perjalanan hidup gadis mungil Thumbelina adalah beberapa karyanya yang sangat terkenal dan sudah diterjemahkan dalam berbagai bahasa di dunia.

Kali ini penerbit Atria mengemas 10 kisah H.C. Andersen dalam satu kumpulan dongeng yang diant
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Dolly
Dec 30, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, denmark
This is a heartbreaking story about a little girl who freezes to death on New Year's Eve. I had never read the story before (and didn't preview it first), so we were all a bit surprised when there wasn't a different ending. I think we've been surrounded by candy coated pat endings in stories and on television for far too long!

The fact that she is warmed by the visions she sees and is brought to heaven in the arms of her beloved grandmother is little comfort. The illustrations by Rachel Isadora
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Amy Louise
Use to read this book all the time when I was a child... even though it always made me cry.
Matthew
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Ziwei Cheng
"In this cold, dark night, a bald barefoot little girl walking in the street ......" "It was deathly quiet around a snowy night. A little girl with curly loose 'beautiful blonde her shabby clothes, racing one pair of frightened eyes, face and lips frozen purple frozen little hand clutching a bunch of matches, mouth constantly shouting: 'Who matches ......' answer to his whistling just snow sound. see here, my heart is completely cool, how the city will be like flying snow as ruthless? "she walks ...more
SallySnowtiger
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M/Ðɑηηɑ
Nov 19, 2014 M/Ðɑηηɑ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone - it's your initiation ceremony to life!
My mother used to read it to me from a fairy-tales book we had in my library, when I was around 4 and even later. I think this is one of the most remarkable stories I remember from my childhood, for it was, as far as I remember, so emotional and sad. I cried so much along with the match-girl. The only thing that upsets me, when comes to think about it, is that I can't remember her name. On second thought, no. She did not have a name. It is, as sad as it might already sound, made the story even s ...more
Megan D. Neal
My favorite tale by Hans Christian Anderson has always been The Little Match Girl. The poignancy, the helplessness...it moved me deeply as a child, and still does. Naturally, then, it was a story I wanted in my own library, to share with my daughters, but with so many versions, which to choose? It was blind serendipitous luck that the version I ordered, because the cover drew me in, was adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. I love it. And that seems like a feeble way to describe my emotional ...more
bakanekonomama
Saya selalu menyukai kisah dongeng maupun legenda. Kisah-kisah semacam itu biasanya penuh dengan hal-hal yang menggugah imajinasi dan juga rasa ingin tahu saya. Begitu juga ketika saya membaca buku ini. Saya menyimpan harapan besar untuk dapat menikmati setiap kisah yang tertulis di tiap lembarnya, tapi ternyata saya salah...

Buku yang baru saja saya baca berjudul "Gadis Korek Api dan Dongeng-dongeng lainnya" yang ditulis oleh bapak dongeng dunia, Hans Christian Andersen. Beberapa kisah dalam buk
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Nike
Wow, ini kumpulan dongeng yang top banget deh.
Walau judulnya Gadis Korek Api, ternyata dalam buku ini ga cuma cerita tentang Gadis Korek Api, ada tentang putri bawah laut, dan ada banyak lagi cerita dongeng yang laen, yang malah jarang kita dengar ceritanya.

Khas dongeng, semuanya berakhir mengajarkan kebaikan, happy ending di akhir cerita.
Bagus banget buat yang mau belajar ndongengin anak :D *kayak saya*

Tapi sayangnya, saya dapet buku yang beberapa (mungkin hampir lebih dari 5 halaman) yang tuli
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Angela Alcorn
Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it.

These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files:
-- The emperor's new clothes
-- The swineherd
-- The real princess
-- The shoes of fortune
-- The fir tree
-- The snow queen
-- The leap-frog
-- The elderbush
-- The bell
-- The old house
-- The happy family
-- The story of a mother
-- The false collar
-- The shadow
-- The little match girl
-- The dream of little Tuk
-- The naughty bo
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Fanda Kutubuku
Ternyata dongeng itu terasa begitu memukau saat kau masih kecil, ketika pemikiranmu masih sederhana dan belum banyak dipenuhi oleh kehidupan nyata. Saat aku membaca kumpulan dongeng ini lagi saat ini, "mantra ajaib" yang dulu memukauku sudah pudar. Meski ceritanya tetap sama, aku merasa hambar saja.

Aku belum sempat membaca keseluruhan 10 (kalau tak salah) dongeng yang ada. Hanya Gadis Korek Api (favoritku waktu kecil--tapi kok singkat banget ya disini?), lalu Putri Duyung Kecil, Kisah Burung Bul
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Natalia Lindquist
The little Match girl is one of my all-time favorite stories about a poor little girl who fears going home to her family who will be very upset that she did not sell any of her matches on the streets. She thinks it is best to stay the night in the cold and continue to try to sell matches but it is so cold that she uses one of the matches to keep warm. When she strikes the match, she begins to visual beautiful warm foods in order to avoid thinking about the cold. The match goes out so she strikes ...more
Drew Graham
(4.5)

It's a bitterly cold New Year's Eve night, and a barefoot, threadbare, barefoot little girl is selling matches on the snowy streets. Driven to desperation, she decides to strike one of her wares in an effort to fight off the freezing cold, and ignites a series of magical visions that she hopes will lead her to somewhere safe and warm.

This is a story I've heard/read before, but it's been a good long while since I read Andersen's original text, and it was actually pretty moving. There's not t
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Eman
I was firstly introduced to Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl by some TV cartoon. The story remained in my mind and had its special place over the years. I can't figure out why exactly. It was simply special.

The Little Match Girl is a little girl who sells matches... Duh, the title says it all! Anyway, you get a hint that the girl is extremely poor that she had to sell matches for a living. We get that she has an abusive father who beats her if she came home in some bad business d
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Linda Lipko
A sad tale of a little girl living in poverty with an abusive father, at the hands of this highly talented illustrator, the story comes to life.

On New Years eve when all is bleak, frozen and bitter cold, a lonely, the tiny, hungry girl walks the busy streets as horses clamor, and cars race, all in a hurry to get home to family, food and warmth.

Alas, the match girl is not successful in selling one match, or one paper flower. Losing her hand me down shoes that were way too big, her feet and hands
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Salima Sikandar
The Little Match Girl is written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Rachel Isadora. The story is about a poor girl who was forced to sell matchsticks and freezes to death. This very sad story projects poverty, child labor, and child abuse, with fantasy elements.
The story is well told and quite emotional. Andersen uses the child's senses to tell the story. The text is on one page within a border with the illustration on the opposite page.
The illustrations by Rachel Isadora are very ev
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علی
This is the first of Andersen I've ever read. It was in our school book when I was in 3d class in primary school. We could cry for her, selling matches at Christmas Eve.
دخترک کبریت فروش، یکی از قصه های کتاب فارسی سال سوم دبستان دوره ی ما بود.
Beth Ann
I remember this one! I remember being disturbed by it, and I remember my sister performing a play where she WAS the little match girl, and I remember it making me THINK even as a little girl. And for that it deserves credit.
Aubry
1999 Parents' Choice® Gold Award Winner

Picture Book Soak

There are many different renditions of this book, told with the same story but with different artists doing the pictures. The story is about a young girl who is selling matches on the street on New Years Eve. She is poor and has lost her shoes, but can not go home because her father will beat her. She finds and alleyway to hid in and try to get warm. As she strikes matches for heat, different scenes (or visions) appear in front of her. I wi
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Sarah
One of the saddest most beautiful stories from Hans Christian Anderson. I have always loved his stories and I don't normally cry at them but this was just broke me.
Sebina~☆~ClassicMaiden
I read and loved all of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales growing up in the early 1990s.
Rahmadiyanti
Children classis literature... one of my favorite
Glass
This is one of the saddest stories...
Erik09
Nov 01, 2007 Erik09 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
nice dreaming story for teens
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express them ...more
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