CBC Digital Archives CBC butterfly logo

CBC Archives has a new look: Please go to cbc.ca/archives to access the new site.

The page you are looking at will not be updated.

Alan Maitland reads ‘The Little Match Girl’

The Story

Alan Maitland, as Fireside Al, reads The Little Match Girl, the famous Hans Christian Andersen story. It is the tale of a sad, cold little girl who seeks solace in the bright warmth of the matches she has been sent out in the bitter winter to sell on New Year's Eve.

Medium: Radio
Program: Fireside Al
Broadcast Date: Dec. 30, 1993
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 5:38

Did You know?

• Hans Christian Andersen was born Apr. 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, and died in Copenhagen Aug. 4, 1875.

• Andersen began his career writing plays, and then autobiographical novels, but is best known for his fairy tales, including The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling.


Holiday Treats more