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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
Tags:fiction, classics, school, ATOS Level 4.5, 4th grade reading level, AD650L, 3rd-4th grade reading level, children

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This well-known tale is about an ugly duckling that transforms into a beautiful swan, The story represents the search for personal identity and teaches the reader that "looks" are not everything. Although I love the overall message, I would not include it in my classroom; it is over-used. Regardless, it could be read to grades PreK-2nd in just about any lesson plan, one of which being an anti-bully theme. ( )
  megfeyer | Feb 22, 2017 |
This book is truly a Cinderella story, the class Ugly Duckling is a book of self love and confidence. It teaches kids that no matter how others may perceive you, usually in the end, you'll turn out at the top of all adversity. The Ugly Duckling is a story of how a duck thought he was too big and too ugly to be beautiful like his other family members, trying to fit in the entire book, only to learn that that he in fact was a swan who is actually the prettiest swan of them all.
  nseugene | Feb 15, 2017 |
The Ugly Duckling is a very common folktale story that has been told for many years now. It starts off with a little duck who looks a little different from the rest of the pack. None of the other ducks talk with him and made fun of him which made the little duckling feel very sad. The little duck had enough of being made fun of so he ran away which made the little duck feel depressed and alone. The ugly duckling grew up by him self but when he was finally all grown up he realized he was a swan and not a duck at all. He was a beautiful swan and found other swans that excepted him. ( )
  SabraR | Feb 13, 2017 |
This is a great folktale because of the keen emotion and fresh vision that the artist captures throughout the book. This book is an unforgettable survival story of the awkward little bird who marches bravely through hecklers, hunters and cruel seasons. The theme, plot, setting all make it an amazing fantasy/folk book. The ugly duckling that ends up blooming into a beautiful swan is a reminder of the patience that is often necessary to discover true happiness.
  mcortner15 | Feb 12, 2017 |
Sarah Durkin
Professor Martens
1 March 2016
Reading Log Entry #15: The Ugly Duckling by, Hans Christian Andersen
I like this story because it has a good message. Never give up just because you do not “fit in” with a certain crowd. Everyone is unique in his or her own way, just like the duck in the story. It is good to embrace peoples differences. This story does a good job explaining that you are whom you are and trying to change yourself to get people to like you will get you nowhere in life. The duck later realized that he did not look like the others for a reason and ended up turning into a beautiful swan. This made him stand out, but he was proud of who he was. Also, readers are able to flip through the book and look at all of the illustrations explaining and showing how the duck feels. Treating people badly or bullying them just because they are different than you does not make you better than them. The duck always got his feelings hurt, but did not understand why. Finally, this book does a good job explaining that differences between people should be accepted, not rejected. For example, when the other ducks do not let him be a part of their group, they would single him out and make him feel bad about himself for being different. Readers should know that after reading this children's book, to be kind to others. ( )
  SarahDurkin | Feb 24, 2016 |
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Adams, AdrienneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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McCue, LisaIllustratorsecondary 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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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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