Matchless: A Christmas Story

Matchless: A Christmas Story

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Baker & Taylor
Entwines the classic fairy tale of the little match girl with a story of Frederik, whose mother is seamstress to the queen and who spends many evenings crafting a village in the attic of their small, cold home.


With Matchless, Gregory Maguire has reinvented the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Little Match Girl for a new time and new audiences. Originally asked by National Public Radio to write an original story with a Christmas theme, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion Among Men was once again inspired by the fairy tales we all loved in childhood—and he composed a poignant and enchanting tale of transcendence. A lovely and beautifully illustrated gift, Matchless places Andersen’s pitiful waif in the august company of Maguire’s previously re-imagined Snow White (Mirror, Mirror), Cinderella (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), and, of course, the Wicked Witch and other denizens of Oz. 

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The best-selling author of the Wicked Years series reimagines the Hans Christian Anderson tale "The Little Match Girl," intertwining the title character's tale with that of Frederik, whose own yearnings are a catalyst for a better future for himself and his family, in a book that suggests transcendence and the permanence of spirit. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9780061913013
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) ; cm


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Jun 17, 2011

I was surprised that this was a quick read. It would make a good bedtime story for older children (9-12).

echidna Jun 05, 2011

good family read-aloud

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