THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL by Hans Christian Andersen


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A good translation (not credited) and delicate paintings capture the poignant tone of this sentimental Victorian favorite about the poor little girl who warms her dying moments with visions sparked by the light and warmth of her matches. Disregarding debate over whether the story is sexist or too sentimental, this is a lovely edition, understandable to a modern child but with the old-fashioned flavor of the original period. In the beginning, grays and blues of a wintry night are softened only by spots of yellow in the street lights and in gentle glints in the girl's hair. The visions become warmer and brighter until the final appearance of the loving grandmother, glowing and golden. The artist's ballet experience is evident in the clever use of lighting and sense of motion contrasting with stillness, and in the ability to present, without self-consciousness, the beauty and the touching misery of the romantic story. This book will deservedly become a favorite at Christmas time.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1987
ISBN: 0399213368
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam