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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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1. Summary- This book is about a little duckling who is very different looking from his family. His brothers and sisters reject him and make fun of him. Then one day, he runs away and turns into a beautiful swan. All his new swan friends love him and he flies far away with them.
2. Personal Reaction- This book is a great book because it shows that things always work out for the better in the end. It also shows that it is okay to be different no matter what others say.
3. Classroom Extension Ideas- I could use this book in the classroom to show kids that everyone is different and that doesn't make it okay to bully someone for being different. Also, when something bad happens in the book, i can ask the kids if that was a nice thing to do or if it was bullying.
  KelseaSchlumbohm | Sep 17, 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 |
This is one of my favorite books. The message that every one is pretty and unique is very powerful.'
  niccory | Sep 10, 2014 |
decent telling of a well-known story ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 23, 2014 |
I had mixed feelings when reading this book. I liked the book because the plot of the story was well put together. The conflict of the duck not being accepted is clearly evident. For example, when the duckling was with other ducks they made fun of him and bullied him. "Oh! Look at that ugly duckling -- we don't want him here!" The author makes it apparent to the reader that although no one is accepting the ugly duckling he is still being a good duck.
I didn't like the writing in this book. I think that the story of the ugly duckling is really short and sweet but the author seemed to really drag out the story by making numerous events occur. For example, In the story the duckling came across a dog who wouldn't eat him because he was so ugly. This scene goes along with the story but it drags the story a long.
Overall, the big idea of the story is to always accept those who are different from you. Not everyone is identical and does things the same. ( )
  Scrane4 | Mar 6, 2014 |
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Hans Christian Andersenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AdrienneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dulcken, Henry WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hader, BertaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hader, ElmerIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haugaard, Erik ChristianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hijikata, ShigemiIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keigwan, R. P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keigwin, R.P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsen, JohannesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucas, Elizabeth GriffinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Segnit, ClareIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Segnit, JackIllustratorsecondary 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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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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The Ugly Duckling has been a favourite with generations of children around the world. Today's youngest will be equally moved by the hapless ugly duckling, who, rejected by all, finally emerges triumphantly as the most beautiful swan of all! An old classic that children's of all ages can enjoy!2 yrs+… (more)

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