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The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

The Ugly Duckling (1843)

by Hans Christian Andersen

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  SteppLibrary | May 16, 2018 |
This book is about a duck that has babies and one of them is supposed to be uglier than the rest. Then swan swam over to him and he realized he was one of them and that he was beautiful.
Media - watercolor?? ( )
  MichaelaGennaro | Mar 19, 2018 |
A group of ducklings was born but one was not like the others. He was uglier than the rest and all of the other birds made fun of him. He decided to go on his way and escape the misery, he journeyed through different parts of the pond and to different homes with many other creatures. As the seasons changed he just became sadder about the way he looked. When spring came around again he decided to go back in the pond with the beautiful birds he once saw, but when he looked down at his reflection he looked beautiful just like them! The duckling was happy that he went through all his trials because now he understood true happiness and true beauty. ( )
  abrianawedin | Feb 12, 2018 |
An "ugly duckling" is hatched and is constantly made fun of because he looks nothing like his siblings. Eventually, he runs away to find a place where he belongs. Through this journey, he discovers his true identity. ( )
  gakers16 | Feb 4, 2018 |
This wonderful story is about a duckling who is physically, unique in his own way and because of looking different, he is bullied about it. This type of negative attention breaks his spirit but thankfully, the course of time plays in his favor and much to his delight and others, he matures into an astonishingly beautiful swan. ( )
  MsCrosby | Nov 19, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hans Christian Andersenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Vainio, PirkkoIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Adams, AdrienneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bogdanovic, TomaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmichael, DennisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keigwin, R.P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCue, LisaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Nutt, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, JennieIllustratorsecondary 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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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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