It is a bitterly cold night in December. Horse-drawn carriages rumble past, carrying people home to warm fires and roast-goose suppers. But one little girl cannot go home, not until she has sold her bundle of matches. The wares of the poor little match girl illuminate her cold world, bringing some beauty to her brief, tragic life. Andersen's poignant Christmastime classic is brought to life by the radiantly beautiful paintings of Caldecott Honor Book artist Rachel Isadora.