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The Ugly Duckling {adapted and illustrated…

The Ugly Duckling {adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney}

by Hans Christian Andersen

Other authors: Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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The Ugly Duckling is an amazing fairytale. It is about a duckling who, in the beginning, is not so attractive. Many other animals and people toss him aside and turn him away, but he kept on going. As time went on he finally realized that his ugliness went away and he was a beautiful swan. This book represents acceptance and building self-esteem. ( )
  mcsuane | Oct 19, 2017 |
The Ugly Duckling is a short short about this young bird that gets teased by his own family and other animals for looking the way he does. This book is about an animal who makes a shift in his life with who he decides to live with. The author had written this story due to his past experiences as a young child feeling like "the ugly duckling". This literature is about a character deals with a few major tests and ends up having a happy ending.
  emmmyjane | Oct 18, 2017 |
I have always held mixed feelings towards this classic children’s book. The message seems powerful- not all beauty comes from the exterior, and inner beauty means more. (I also think one message is to believe in yourself given that the Ugly Duckling can’t fly but believes in himself and learns to ultimately.) But I also dislike that the “Ugly Duckling” turns into a swan. It’s obviously very unrealistic, and defeats the entire purpose of the story to me. But all in all, the message is something meaningful. The plot could be resolved a bit differently though.
The message of this book definitely pushes readers to think about deep and tough issues around them. I also feel that it does broaden perspectives. Specifically, the line in this adaptation that reads, “But as time went by, matters grew worse. The poor duckling was chased by all of them, even his brothers and sisters. The ducks bit him, the hens pecked him, and the girl who fed them kicked him aside.” This is something for readers to think about.
The plot is something that really does boggle my mind. I feel that the book would have more meaning if the Ugly Duckling remained the same on the inside but learned to fly. The fact that the Ugly Duckling turns into a swan just bothers me, personally. The story’s plot is organized and well-paced, it flows nicely from one page of the story to the next. I simply feel that the resolution is too unrealistic. ( )
  egerso1 | Oct 17, 2017 |
The ugly duckling is a class fairy tale about the story of a group of ducklings and their mother duck. One of the ducklings is considered "ugly" by his siblings, but is loved by his mother. The story is filled with the adventure of how the duckling runs away and is transformed. This is a great book for children in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade because it teaches life lessons and morals. The biggest two portrayed in the book is patience, and loving others despite their differences. This book would be great to be read at any time during the year, but I think would be especially helpful to be read in the beginning of school. If it is read in the beginning of the school year, it can teach students about acceptance, patience and bullying early on. ( )
  Kailynevans | Oct 16, 2017 |
I liked this book for a couple reasons. The first is the plot. It was well paced and showed how the duckling tried to fit in with a couple different groups of animals but realized he was only happy with others who were like him. Another reason I liked this book is the illustrations. They had great detail especially with the facial expressions. For example, when the duckling realized he did not fit in, his face was discouraged and the other ducklings were snarky. The big idea is it is okay to be different—acknowledge and be proud of your differences. It is also saying we do not fit in or get along with everyone, but once you are proud of who you are, it will come more naturally. ( )
  jdobra2 | Oct 15, 2017 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:16 -0400)

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

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