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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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Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
This book is about a duck that didn't look like the others in his family. He was teased for the way he looked. He felt alone and unhappy. Finally ge grew up into a majestic beautiful swan. This teaches children that it's never okay to tease others. We should always be nice to others and accept them for who they are. ( )
  lewisl6 | May 14, 2019 |
The classic tale, but told differently. Heartwarming triumph will bring light to the eyes of those who read this book. Children that suffer from loving oneself could benefit greatly from this book. ( )
  Payton02 | Apr 17, 2019 |
This a classic! This is such an old story that has been told for many many years, but nothing is like the original. This book is very enjoyable to read and teaches an important lesson to people of all ages. A very good read for children that are being bullied by their peers! ( )
  PreciousIvy | Apr 15, 2019 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. One reason I liked this book was the illustrations. I really liked how soft the illustrations looked. The way that the background and all of the ducks look are very soft and peaceful. It's relaxing when you look at the illustrations. The color of the illustrations mixed with the texture lets the reader really see the difference between the ugly duckling and all of the other ducklings. You can see how the ugly duckling looks a lot rougher and it gray in color as opposed to soft and yellow like the other ducklings are. A reason I didn't really like this book is because of how the big idea is portrayed. The big idea is about self-acceptance and wanting to fit in. It can be hard to fit in, but what is really important is how you see yourself. I think that this message could have been portrayed in a much better way than how it was in this story. This story has an ending of the ugly duckling finding out he has turned into a beautiful swan after a long winter when he sees his reflection in the water. This shows a very superficial view of beauty rather than an inner beauty. I think that the message would have been better if the ugly ducklings found inner beauty and acceptance before seeing how beautiful he actually was. ( )
  KayleeWolbert | Apr 4, 2019 |
I really enjoyed reading "The Ugly Duckling". This book is about a duckling who hatches and looks different than his brothers, sisters, and the rest of the ducks. He is bullied by the other ducks, who always call him ugly and try to chase him away. Even though is mother accepts him, he runs away to escape the bullying. The duckling endures a hard winter, but in the end, he sees a group of swans. He decides to follow them, preferring for them to attack him than to endure any more hardships. Instead, he is welcomed. The ugly duckling looks at his reflection and sees that he has become a beautiful swan. The message of the book is one that students can relate to in real life. Sometimes, it is hard to fit in, but just because the perception of others does not dimish your value. This book would be good for second grade and up. ( )
  cjusti5 | Mar 27, 2019 |
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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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