One of Andersen’s most heartbreaking stories is about a girl selling matches on New Year’s Eve, freezing in the cold night but choosing not to return home for fear of her abusive father.

Every time the little girl lights a match to keep herself warm, bright visions arise in front of her eyes – a fat, grilled goose on a plate gets up and walk towards her, a Christmas tree with toys, her deceased grandmother who was the only person who cared for the little girl. In the morning, the girl is found frozen with a box of burnt matches, with a smile on her face.

The story is accompanied by illustrations from a talented Italian artist Eleonora Simeoni, whose illustrations soften the tragedy of the story and help young readers get acquainted with the text.


Retold by Clara Wedersøe Strunge

Illustrated by Eleonora Simeoni

Publisher: Hans Christian Andersen Copenhagen

Published: 2021

ISBN DK: 9788794005142

ISBN ENG: 9788794005135

Length: 48 pages

Size: 150 mm x 10 mm x 230 mm

Contents: “The Little Match Girl”

Published in Danish, English and German