A starving “match girl” gets everything she ever wanted and uses it to help others.

Tomi Ungerer’s classic Allumette is a story of a starving match girl named Allumette, (which is French for match), who almost freezes on a cold winter night. The book is an homage to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl and follows a similar storyline. But, unlike Andersen’s little girl, Allumette does not die on a bleak winter night—she is instead granted every wish she’s ever had. She uses her newfound riches for the betterment of society and starts a chain of positivity and generosity the world over, eventually starting a “Light of the World Foundation” for homeless children.

Though this book is currently out of print, you can find used copies on Amazon for under $5, or find it at your local library.