The Little Match Girl (2010)

Carolyn Krueger planted the seed of inspiration into my head to (re)tell this classic Hans Christian Anderson story from 1845:

On a cold New Year’s Eve, a poor girl tries to sell matches in the street. She is freezing badly, but is afraid to go home because her father will beat her for not selling all the matches. She takes shelter in a nook and dares to light a match to warm herself. In that matchglow, she sees lovely visions of warmth, food and shelter. As she continues to light match after match, the visions become more and more lovely, culminating in a vision of her deceased grandmother, the only person to have treated her with love and kindness. She continues to strike matches to keep the vision of her grandmother nearby for as long as she can, either not noticing or not caring that she is slowly freezing to death and running out of matches. The next morning, passers-by find her in the nook, frozen to death, with rosy red cheeks and a smile on her face.