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The Little Match Girl (Picture Puffin Books)…

The Little Match Girl (Picture Puffin Books) (edition 2002)

by Hans Christian Andersen (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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Title:The Little Match Girl (Picture Puffin Books)
Authors:Hans Christian Andersen (Author)
Other authors:Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin Books (2002), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, k-3, 3-5, diversity

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The Little Match Girl (Adapted & Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney) by Jerry Pinkney (Adapter & Illustrator)



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The Little Match Girl is about a young girl that is sent out to sell flowers and matches to help make some money for her family. Its a freezing day out in New York, she doesn't manage to sell anything, and she wants to go home, but she knows if she doesn't come back with any money she will get in trouble. She decides to stay outside that night and uses the matches to keep her warm. When she lights the matches, she sees these fantastic things she wants in the light. She sees a table full of food, a heater to keep her warm and her grandmother. She lights all the matches so she can spend more time with her grandmother in the light. In the morning it turns out that the little girl froze to death. She is in the light with her grandmother. This book was kind of depressing, but it's good for children to see that things like this happen. The illustrations were beautiful. It was full of detail, and I liked how the words are separated from the drawings by having them in a small box while the picture covered the whole page. ( )
  nomerbasic | Sep 14, 2018 |
This book could be used for ELL they could relate especially if they come from 3rd world countries. A Danish girl of Andersen's tale into a child plucked straight from America's melting pot, shedding new light on the invisibility of the poor among the prosperous-a circumstance as familiar in Andersen's day as it is in our own. Ages 4-10 yrs old
  RosaJuarez | Apr 3, 2017 |
This is a story about a poor little girl who is sent out in her ragged clothing to sell matches. Her family life is not easy and if she doesn't sell the matches her father will beat her. As night falls, she shivers in the cold. Only the matches can warm her. The matches become magical and help keep her warm fed, and comfortable. When her deceased grandmother shows up, the little girl does not want to see her go. She uses many matches to try to keep her. Finally she sees a shooting star and is carried to heaven by her grandmother. ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Oct 27, 2016 |
I chose this one for my required picture book reading and reviewed it in our lesson.
  barbarashuler | Mar 11, 2015 |
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 are frozen.

Sitting in a corner, she strikes matches, as one after the other bring forth a wonderful image.

In the end, the last match shows the face of her wonderful grandmother who has come to take her to heaven where she will be warm, have food and be surrounded by love. ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803723148, Hardcover)

Three-time Caldecott Honor artist Jerry Pinkney brings new relevance to the classic Hans Christian Andersen story

The wintry streets of an American city are thronged with shoppers, in preparation for New Year's Eve. But no one is interested in buying the matches and artificial flowers offered by one little girl. Wishing to avoid the cold welcome awaiting her at home, she lights her matches for what little heat they can provide. The visions that she sees in their flickering glow warm her spirit, even as the brutal cold of night destroys her body.

Three-time Caldecott Honor winner Jerry Pinkney's interpretation of this famous Hans Christian Andersen tale transforms the little Danish girl into a child drawn straight out of the American melting pot--a child who is of no easily identifiable culture, and so is of them all. The poignancy and immediacy of Pinkney's art draw the reader into the early twentieth-century streets, to witness how the poor can be invisible in the midst of the wealthy--a condition Andersen would instantly recognize.

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The wares of the poor little match girl illuminate her cold world, bringing some beauty to her brief, tragic life.

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