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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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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 |
This review is for "The Ugly Duckling (A Pop-Up Classic Storybook) by Hans Christian Andersen
Other authors: Clare Segnit, Jack Segnit, Dennis K. Meyer"

I love this re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's original tale, the classic story is all there and the pop-ups, while not the amazing feats of paper-engineering often seen today, are nevertheless well done and add greatly to the story. My favorite pop-up is the one where the young swan in an effort to escape the exuberant children, flies into the milk and flour and pops out a mess! At the end, the pop-up of the lovely swan he becomes is wonderful as well. ( )
  JoClare | Feb 2, 2014 |
I loved this book. It is one of my favorite. I enjoyed this book for two reasons. The plot and characters work hand in hand. The character development was important. When the swan along with the other ducklings were born, the mother and baby ducklings automatically shun the swan calling him ugly and different. Being picked on constantly and neglected by his mom and siblings, the swan ventured off to find his own self- identity. The swan allows the reader to become emotionally attached and hopeful that he will embrace his own beauty while the plot makes the reader suspenseful of what the swan will encounter. The swan is well- developed and believable, expressing emotions as humans would. Through the plot building of the swan finding himself to the resolution of embracing his own beauty and uniqueness, the moral of the story is, one should not judge a book by its cover and to love yourself for who you are. ( )
  mallen16 | Oct 10, 2013 |
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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
Pinkney, JerryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Segnit, ClareIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Segnit, JackIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spink, ReginaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vainio, PirkkoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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