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The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) (edition 1999)

by Hans Christian Andersen

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Title:The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book)
Authors:Hans Christian Andersen
Info:HarperCollins (1999), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, classics, school, ATOS Level 4.5, 4th grade reading level, AD650L, 3rd-4th grade reading level, children

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The main moral of this old tale has always been, not to judge a book by the cover. This story has been told over and over. One day a ugly duckling hatches, everyone makes fun of him because he is different. He relocates himself over and over trying to figure out where he is suppose to be. It isn't until the end when he grows up and sees his own reflection that he realizes that he has grown into a beautiful swan. Now everyone envies his looks and he does fit in after all. This book could be read to students for many reasons. It teaches children that what is on the inside is more important than how someone looks. Also, it could be ready when teaching folklore. ( )
  marabie | Nov 2, 2014 |
Do not judge a book by its cover, for one day that book may surprise you. This classic, and still endearing story was brought to life through Andersen. The characters were very believable, and easy to form a bond with. From the moment the duckling hatched and was described as terribly big, and ugly, I felt sympathetic. Through the strong language, and vivid imagery, I immediately felt a connection to the ugly duckling. While everyone around him teased him for his appearance, the audience could see that there was more to this duckling. The storyline followed the typical traditional literature pattern, which was easy to follow. The tale even ended with a lesson that “it doesn’t matter if you are born in a duck yard as long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg.” This valuable lesson was accomplished through a simple story, but this story proves time and time again to be effective. The book does push the reader to think about tough issues, and look at social problems deeper than before. ( )
  cyoung23 | Sep 14, 2014 |
decent telling of a well-known story ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 23, 2014 |
This book was about a mother duck who is waiting for her eggs to hatch. When the largest egg finally hatches the offspring is different than the rest of the brood. The other ducks and animals call the duckling ugly and make him feel like an outcast so he runs away. In the end the duckling begins swimming with a group of swans and discovers through seeing his reflection that he is a beautiful swan. This book has colorful pictures that help to make it appealing for kids. However, there were several words in the book that may be difficult for younger children to understand as well as some concepts that may be easier for older children to understand. An example of this is when the mother duck says that the father duck is bad because he is never around. This idea may be to complex to explain to younger children if they ask about it.
  SKugle | Sep 11, 2013 |
The Ugly Duckling use to be my favorite of the fairy tales. A strange looking “duckling” hatches out of a egg next to actual duckling chicks. All the chicks and the mother can tell the strange “duckling” is not their kind so the ugly duckling goes off to find a place to fit in.

I do not know if this particular book was actually written by the Hans Christian Andersen because some book sites say it was written by the publisher, Ripple Digital Publishing. It has decent art although I wished there was more of it.

I found this telling of The Ugly Duckling was a little boring. Usually there is a heartwarming feeling towards the duckling. I also felt where the ugly duckling was searching for his place in the bird world was short. We did not have time to root for the ugly duckling.

I feel like there was something missing in this telling. I still enjoy this fairy tale but the way it has been written by others has been better. ( )
  lavenderagate | Jul 24, 2013 |
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Hans Christian Andersenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AdrienneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keigwin, R.P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCue, LisaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Nutt, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In appreciation of the wonders of nature and the gift of time-honored stories -J.P.
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It was summer, and the pond was alive with the music and color of life.
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Please beware that this story has been adapted numerous times. Please leave this entry for the full, unabridged tale by Andersen!
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 068815932X, Hardcover)

Three-time Caldecott Honor artist and four-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, Jerry Pinkney doesn't disappoint with this lovely, old-fashioned, richly textured watercolor adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. The mother duck knew from the very beginning that one of her babies would be different from the rest... the sixth egg was large and oddly shaped. When it finally hatches that summer, she thinks the "monstrous big duckling" must be a turkey chick! Other ducks are appalled by the ugly duckling, and he is chased, pecked, and kicked aside. When he can't stand it anymore, he runs away from the pond, eventually taking refuge in the warm cottage of an old woman with a cat and a hen. Missing the delicious feeling of the water too much to stay, however, he heads out again into the wide, increasingly cold autumn world.
One day, he heard a sound of whirring wings, and up in the air he saw a flock of birds flying high. They were as bright as the snow that had fallen during the night, and their long necks were stretched southward. Oh, if only he could go with them! But what sort of companion could he be to those beautiful beings?"
At last, after a hard, cold winter--and plenty of the kind of adventures no one really wants to have--the duckling sees the same flock of birds he'd seen in the sky so many months ago. He decides he will follow them, somewhat dramatically preferring to be killed by them rather than suffer any more "cold and hunger and cruelty." Much to his surprise, they welcome him! And when he looks for his dull, awkward reflection in the water, he sees a beautiful swan instead. Children who feel ostracized, even for the tiniest of differences, may shed a few sympathetic tears for the ugly duckling. And no doubt, it was Andersen's wish to give them the hope of one day finding their own peaceful place. (Ages 3 to 9) --Karin Snelson

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An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

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