It is Christmas Eve, but for one little girl, there will be no stockings hung lovingly above the fireplace or shiny presents wrapped under the tree. The best that the little match girl can hope for is a warm, dry corner of the street to protect her against the freezing snow that has been falling for hours.
Helpless and cold, the child seeks a bit of comfort from the only source she has—the bundle of matches in her apron pocket. She had struggled all day to sell even one, but the crowds of people had only hurried past her with hardly a glance as they finished up their holiday shopping and rushed home to begin their feasts. Alas, at least she has the matches now, each one holding the promise of a few short seconds of warmth and light.
But as she strikes each match, she discovers a truth that sets her heart soaring—all along, even in times when she has felt most alone, she has been lovingly watched over by those who have gone before her and have anxiously awaited a joyous reunion. She learns she is not forgotten, and in the learning shares a poignant message of love and service. The tender tale of the little match girl reminds each of us to take notice of the least of those among us and to do our part to extend a kindly hand—at Christmastime and always.
It's the season for cute Christmas books to read to your kids. I had heard of this story before, but I'd never actually heard or read the story.
The pictures in this one are so well done! I loved the pictures of the little girl. She's so adorable!
I love the little girl, and the way she is able to imagine or remember when life and Christmas were happier times for her. I love the way the story ends. Just when all seems to be lost for the little girl she is swooped up in the arms of one who loved her best. It really is a good story for us all!
Beautifully illustrated book. Would recommend to anyone who loves the story of The Little Match Girl.
The Artwork is Beautiful and the Story very tender. It will be one of my Favorite Christmas Books now. I am so Happy that I saw it in the store. It would be lovely to display as part of your Christmas Decorations. So THANKS for creating such a Heartwarming Book.