The Little Matchstick Girl

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The Little Matchstick Girl

A French tale

Once upon a time there was a poor girl. She did not have parents. She did not have a house or a family.  She was poor.

One day it was December and the temperature was -10 degrees.  It was December 25th -Christmas. Families had celebrations.

The families saw the little girl … but they passed by.

To survive, the little girl sold matches. “Matches! Matches!” cried the girl. 

But people just passed by.  They had no time and no pity. They did not want matches.

The hours passed.  The temperature was -20 degrees!

The girl was desperate. She was very, very cold.

She lit a match. The girl closed her eyesShe imagined she was in a house. The house was beautiful.

There was a big fire.
There was a Christmas tree and Christmas decorations.
There was a huge table with a good dinner.
But suddenly, the girl opened her eyes. The match was gone.
The little girl came back to reality.  She was sad.
She lit a second match. The girl closed her eyes. She imagined she was in the comfortable house.  It was her grandmother’s house. The girl and her grandmother were together! The girl kissed her grandmother. But suddenly, the girl opened her eyes. The match was gone.
The little girl was sad.  She wanted to go back to her grandmother.

Quickly, the girl took another match. It was the final match. The girl lit the match.  In her imagination, the girl kissed her grandmother. She was not in a house. She was in a carriage.
Suddenly, the carriage flew in the air.  Up…up… up… the grandmother and the girl flew.

The carriage flew them to paradise. The girl and her grandmother were in paradise.

And the girl was dead.