The Little Match Girl

My Favorite Book Author.

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My favorite book author is Hans Christian Andersen. He is Danish and was born on April 2, 1805. He is known world wide for his fairy tales. Some of his most famous stories are The Little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, and The Ugly Duckling. Even though his stories are children’s stories, many adults also find his stories entertaining. I was 18 when I bought a book that had 100 of his stories. His stories teach us about the harsh times in life and also teach us valuable lessons.  I personally like his stories because they make me think about  morals in our life. His stories are different from many modern day children’s stories. A lot of children’s stories have happy endings. Hans Christian Andersen’s stories have taught me that a happy ending isn’t always what makes a good story. A lot of his stories are based off of stories that have happened to him in his love life. The Little Mermaid was a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen that he wrote to symbolize his love for a man named Edvard Collin. Some Scholars thought that Andersen was bisexual. He is such a great author that there is even a Hans Christian Andersen Award.  He has also inspired other famous authors such as Kenneth Grahame and A.A. Milne. The International Children’s Book Day is a holiday that is celebrated in honor of him. It is celebrated on his birthday.

Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl Book Review

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Best Loved Fairy TalesThe Little Match Girl is one of my favorite fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen.

It is about a poor girl who tries to sell matches on a cold New Years Eve. Not one was sold. She did not go home because if she did her step father would beat her for not selling any matches. She lit some matches to keep warm. She dreamed of Christmas and a feast while she watched the fire. When she saw a shooting star she thought of her grandmother. Her grandmother once told her that when there is a shooting star a soul is going to heaven. Her grandmother had already passed and was the only person who treated her nicely. She saw her grandmother in the flames. She was afraid that her grandmother would go away once the flames burnt out. But then she lit all of the matches at once so that her grandmother won’t go away. Her grandmother had taken her to heaven for the girl had froze to death. I found this story sad but beautiful. The girl may have passed away but she went to a better place and went with someone she loved. Hans Christian Andersen is one of my favorite book authors. I bought a book that had 100 of his Fairy Tales. I used a picture of it as the cover of this post. Even though Fairy Tales are said to be for kids his stories are also loved by adults. I bought this when I turned 18. I would give this book 5 stars out of 5. I absolutely love his stories and I hope you enjoy them too.