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The Little Match Girl

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  12,039 ratings  ·  347 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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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
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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Matthew
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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.
SallySnowtiger
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M
Sep 23, 2014 M rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone - it's your initiation ceremony to life!
Shelves: children, danish
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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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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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 Al-Khaldi
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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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
Sarah
One could comment that at least children's lives have generally improved since this book was published in 1845. Maybe Hans Christian Andersen thought he was writing an uplifting book for children. "Hey, what if she didn't have those matches on that freezing night?"

My elementary school would play this movie once a year at Christmas time. We country kids would be dressed up in our scratchy best waiting our turn for the annual choir concert. There was a nervous energy about actually being clean and
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Cassy
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Valerie
I'm sure I have seen a standalone book of this story, but I'm also pretty sure this isn't it. But not absolutely sure, because I think I got it from a library, and many libraries remove the dustcovers.

Like many people, I first read this story as a small child, and I think in a collection of fairy tales and folk tales. If you've ever read the Brothers Grimm version of traditional stories, you'll find any number of grotesqueries. For example, in the Grimm version of Cinderella, the stepsisters, ur
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Althesia
Setelah sekian tahun, inilah buku dongengku yang pertama. Kami sering pindah rumah, sehingga buku-bukuku tidak pernah selamat, termasuk buku dongengku dimasa kanak-kanak. Pertama-pertama terimakasih untuk penerbit atria yang kembali menyediakan buku-buku ini. Saya membacanya sekarang dan berencana membacakan untuk anak-anak saya kelak (*huaaaa belum berencana*).

Buku setebal 270 halaman ini menggunakan judul salah satu dongeng yang sangat memilukan hati, Gadis korek api. Cerita tentang gadis kec
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David
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Rachel Isadora, is one of Andersens's original tales. It's the story of a poor girl forced to sell matchsticks, who freezes to death on New Year's Eve. Afraid to return home until she sells her wares and brings money, she huddles in the shadows of a building, trying to keeps warm. Eventually she lights her matches, seeing one vision after another of things she desires. She is found frozen to death the next day, yet no one understan ...more
Tammy Rahmasari
Saya tidak tumbuh dengan dongeng H.C. Andersen, jadi saat saya selesai membaca buku ini kesan yang didapat itu... datar. Saya bertahan membaca buku ini karena ingin mendapatkan kesan positif seperti beberapa review yang saya baca dari Goodreads, dan entah mengapa saya tidak mendapatkannya *ugh* dan beberapa dongeng menurut saya tidak cocok untuk dibacakan kepada anak kecil.

Buku ini terdiri dari sepuluh dongeng yang di antaranya adalah Kisah Cinta Putri Duyung Kecil, Angsa-Angsa Liar, Sang Putri
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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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