My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher
Genre: Christmas Picture book
Book Description: The classic children's story The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen, is retold for a Christmas audience as part of the annual Christmas concert series hosted by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
This beautifully illustrated edition shares the story of a young girl who attempts to sell her last bundle of matches on Christmas Eve. As the snow falls and the crowds pass her by, she strikes one of her matches, hoping for a little warmth. In its flame, she sees a vision of a roaring fire in a hot stove. The match goes out, taking the vision with it. A second match conjures a vision of a vast dining room complete with a feast fit for a king. The third match reveals a towering Christmas tree. With only a few matches left, she strikes them all and sees a vision of her beloved grandmother. Only this time, it is more than a vision as the spirit of grandmother takes the little match girl with her into heaven.
My thoughts: This book is beautiful. The illustrations are perfect and bring it to life. The story however, is sad, but at the same time full of hope. This is a re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale.
The part that I loved the most in this story, that even as the little girl was hungry and cold, she could dream. As she lit her matches she saw scenes that helped her in her time of need. The hope also came from the fact that she was not alone, her grandmother was there watching out for her.
It reminds me that as we go about our daily routine, it is easy to overlook someone who may be in desperate need. This is a great message at this season of giving. Also one that I wish I could remember every day.
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