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The Little Match Girl

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  13,544 ratings  ·  392 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...

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
*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,
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
Norah Sumner
Mar 19, 2015 Norah Sumner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
"Grandmother!" cried the child. "Oh, take me with you! I know you will disappear when the match is burned out. You will vanish like the warm stove, the wonderful roast goose and the beautiful big Christmas tree!"

My mother used to read this to me almost every night when I was younger.She read slowly,carefully pronouncing every word as if that's the only way to read this story-carefully,not missing a single word. I've always understood the meaning and the ending of the story but I've loved it so
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
Amy Louise
Use to read this book all the time when I was a child... even though it always made me cry.
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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
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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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 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
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

This one of the most tragic, if not the most tragic story of HCA. Not to mention my third favorite. I read this book story when I was little and I always cried at the end, but now I actually love the ending because of the meaning. HCA was very religious, so you have to see the story in a religious point of view so that you can understand what HCA is trying to tell us in which I believe that is salvation and eternal life after death, where there will be no suffering. It also talks about the huma
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
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
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
Sad but really beautiful. =)
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
The story is about a little girl who is out in the winter cold trying to sell matches so she wouldn’t get beaten by her dad. She curls up and sparks the matches to keep warm. As she is lighten her matches, she sees a shooting star and remembers her grandmother saying that when you see a shooting star that means that someone is dying and going to heaven. She ends up dying and everyone feels very sad, but they never showed any empathy towards her when she was alive.
This book is a very depressing s
Sherry Elmer
I first read The Little Match Girl with my son when he was about 4 or 5 years old. I didn't know the story, but it was in my church library with the Christmas books, and of course the name Hans Christian Andersen was familiar. So I read it to him, and found myself thinking, why in the world am I reading this? This freezing and starving poverty-stricken child was not at all the Christas story I expected to be reading. I continued anyway, and to my surprise, the girl actually died--froze to death- ...more
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.
I see a sexual allegory in this world famous fairy tale, as the mermaid transfer her tail to feet, just for sake of love! Ends with failure and disappointment! Not having a happy ending I don’t consider it as a children story very much.
دخترک کبریت فروش، یکی از قصه های کتاب فارسی سال سوم دبستان دوره ی ما بود.
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

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
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
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
Camille Rivera
A poor little girl, who wears rags and no shoes, begs on the street, asking people to buy her matches. It is New Years Eve and no one will buy her matches. After everyone goes home, she stays in the streets and decides to light a match, and with each match she lights, she sees something wonderful. Finally she sees her grandmother who has passed away. Desperate, the girl lights all of her matches to keep her grandmother with her. The next day, people find the girl dead, but with a smile on her fa ...more
Karen Harper
As a very young child in the 1950's I saw a B & W TV movie of "The Little Match Girl". It touched my sensitive young heart so deeply that I cried as I watched it and also for several minutes after the movie ended. Any opportunity to watch this movie around the holiday as I grew up, I watched it, and cried...again.
When I saw this paperback version of the movie, I bought it to read to my granddaughter. And every time I read the book to her, I cried, ...again. My granddaughter asked me why I cr
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.
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn]; 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 theme ...more
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