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The Little Match Girl

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Publisher Comments:

On the last night of December, a little girl huddles in the bitter cold, unable to go home until she has sold her bundle of matches. One by one, she lights the matches to keep warm, and, as each match lights, the girl's cold, gray world dissolves into visions of light and warmth. Isadora's luminous paintings tell this classic story of a valiant spirit set free at last. Full-color illustrations.

Review:

"Bell (The Little Mermaid) renders Andersen's story with painful vividness, resisting the urge to draw attention to her own prose. Instead Pacovsk's stark expressionist plates dominate the pages. An minence grise among European illustrators, she fully exploits the media in which she works. Collages overlaid with pastel and felt-tip pen, printed on heavy, glossy stock, represent elements of the Little Match Girl's story. Her life unfolds as bold red — scribbling, terrifying chaos. Her frozen feet are white lines on black, while smaller drawings experiment with other deceptively simple ways of drawing feet and matches. A little red 'WHoosh!' taped into a narrow gap between blocky, steel-gray apartment buildings indicates where she sits; later, a shooting star foretells her death. The star falls across a full-bleed spread, its path on the left page stenciled into shiny silver foil, like a lake or a mirror; the right-hand page depicts a series of pastel smudges arranged in a grid that seem to stand for the tears and dirt on the Little Match Girl's face, but also resemble an artist's palette. With smaller fragments of silver, the star strikes the heroine. Every page contains a similar shock, a moment of alienation, and yet viewers will likely feel the rightness of these images for one of Andersen's most disturbing stories. This rendering will be best suited to those who know the tale well and can appreciate this intellectual, abstract presentation. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

- Features fantastic and eye-popping modern art--a truly novel approach to such a classic story.

- A great book for art collectors and Hans Christian Anderson fans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780698400276
Translator:
Pacovska, Kveta
Author:
Bell, Anthea
Illustrator:
Pacovska, Kveta
Author:
Pacovska, Kveta
Author:
Andersen, Hans Christian
Publisher:
Minedition
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
Subject:
Fairy tales
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20050915
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.52x9.48x.41 in. 1.03 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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Children's » Fairy Tales » General
Children's » Fairy Tales » Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl
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Product details 40 pages Minedition - English 9780698400276 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bell (The Little Mermaid) renders Andersen's story with painful vividness, resisting the urge to draw attention to her own prose. Instead Pacovsk's stark expressionist plates dominate the pages. An minence grise among European illustrators, she fully exploits the media in which she works. Collages overlaid with pastel and felt-tip pen, printed on heavy, glossy stock, represent elements of the Little Match Girl's story. Her life unfolds as bold red — scribbling, terrifying chaos. Her frozen feet are white lines on black, while smaller drawings experiment with other deceptively simple ways of drawing feet and matches. A little red 'WHoosh!' taped into a narrow gap between blocky, steel-gray apartment buildings indicates where she sits; later, a shooting star foretells her death. The star falls across a full-bleed spread, its path on the left page stenciled into shiny silver foil, like a lake or a mirror; the right-hand page depicts a series of pastel smudges arranged in a grid that seem to stand for the tears and dirt on the Little Match Girl's face, but also resemble an artist's palette. With smaller fragments of silver, the star strikes the heroine. Every page contains a similar shock, a moment of alienation, and yet viewers will likely feel the rightness of these images for one of Andersen's most disturbing stories. This rendering will be best suited to those who know the tale well and can appreciate this intellectual, abstract presentation. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , - Features fantastic and eye-popping modern art--a truly novel approach to such a classic story.

- A great book for art collectors and Hans Christian Anderson fans.

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