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.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a prolific writer of plays, novels, and poems. He is best known for his fairy tales, including "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Emperor's New Clothes." David Warner received his PhD in theatre and film from Brigham Young University and has worked with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for more than a decade.
Award-winning artist Greg Newbold has illustrated a dozen books for children including If Picasso Painted a Snowman and The Touch of the Master's Hand. Greg enjoys gardening, fishing, visiting museums, road trips with family, and painting the natural wonders near his Utah home. See more of Greg's work at www.gregnewbold.com.