Matchless: A Christmas Story
by Gregory Maguire
Description from GoodReads:
When the story was first translated from Danish and published in England in the mid-nineteenth century, the Little Match Girl's dying visions of lights and a grandmother in heaven were often interpreted as metaphors of religious salvation. In "Matchless", Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, intertwining the match girl's tale with that of a young boy, Frederik, whose own yearnings are the catalyst for a better future for himself and his family. Maguire uses his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen's original intentions, and to suggest transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.
About the Author
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (October 27, 2009)
Obtained From: Book Trade
A beautifully written children's novel about the little Match Girl, but retold by Maguire. I just love his writing style and this is such a perfect book to read out loud to younger children. I think that any age would enjoy this classic story.