In this episode, the storyteller, Kathy Shimpock, will share the story of "The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen.  It is a tragic, Danish, literary tale written in 1845.  The subject has similarities to Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" written two years earlier in  Victorian England.  Both tales focus on the fate of the poor when the world is divided into "haves" and "have nots."  We'll also explore the character of the grandmother as a figure of hope and rescue.

Story: "The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen. Anonymous translation.  At Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.net/).
Information on Victorian England from "What was it like to live in Charles Dickens' London" (https://www.charlesdickenspage.com/charles-dickens-longon.html).
Cover illustration:   Arthur Rackham, illustrator, from Fairy Tales (1932).
Music:  The Snow Queen Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
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