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The Ugly Duckling

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,760 Ratings  ·  759 Reviews
For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird -- marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 24th 1999 by HarperCollins (first published November 11th 1843)
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Huda Aweys I think it is not funny as they are full of wisdom it is learned a lesson for the kids to accept themselves as they are
very important lesson
and even…more
I think it is not funny as they are full of wisdom it is learned a lesson for the kids to accept themselves as they are
very important lesson
and even for adults !(less)

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Huda Aweys
It's a wonderful story about Self-acceptance,The Difference and how it does not necessarily mean a bad thing!
بجد تحفة و في رأيي كبير او صغير قراها فهو هيستمتع جدا و هيستفاد كمان
! :)
K.D. Absolutely
The Ugly Duckling is one of the most famous fairy tales of Danish Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). I am still to read the whole collection but I got a copy of this book as I try to buy a few children's books every payday for our outreach program for child literacy on May 25, 2013 to be held at the Museo Pambata. We will spend half a day to read three stories to children aged 4-8 from the financially-challenged families of Manila, we will also feed them and give them loot bags that contain sc ...more
Is there anyone who does not know the the famous fairytale story of The Ugly Duckling? Originally the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen called it (view spoiler), but then decided against giving away the surprise ending, and renamed it The Ugly Duckling (“Den grimme ælling”). So just in case, I will not spoil the ending either, (although if you read the blurb that might give it away).

The Ugly Duckling was first published in 1843, and was an immediate succes
Paakhi Srivastava
The Ugly Duckling is a classic story apt to impart lessons on morality to children. I got this book at the daily kindle deals for free. I picked this up to read for pleasure and diversion. This tiny forty pages book stimulated some ideas that are expected only from fables, stories and fairy tales.

This is a story about a baby duck that is born out of a huge egg and looks 'ugly'. In few words, the author presents the reaction of its mother who conditioned to appreciate beauty than character is ash
Michelle Ruedin
Oct 19, 2014 Michelle Ruedin rated it did not like it
I just don't like the message that you shouldn't be mean to ugly people because someday they might turn out to be beautiful. What about a story where he stays ugly and that's fine because beauty is a pretty insignificant and temporary thing?

Yeah. I know it's an old traditional story, but it's still not a great message. I have similar issues with the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer teaching children everywhere to be nice to weird people because someday they might turn out to be bloody use
I've intended to read Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tales and I just had the chance to do it recently. I started with The Ugly Duckling. This is basically how The Ugly Duckling looked like after hatching..

I think it's rather cute, dontcha think? I also think that all creatures look cute when they're little.

Most of you must be familiar with the story. It reminds me of switched at birth situations when the child can't fit in with the new family merely because that child doesn't look like
Sep 23, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a heartbreaking story! Who knew that the original characters were so cruel! The Ugly Duckling was physically and mentally abused by his mother, siblings, and all of the other animals on the farm. He ran away, and was mistreated and talked about not because of anything that he could prevent, but just because he was ugly. Talk about self esteem issues! He was afraid to make friends at one point so he became a loner, and didn't bother to fly south with any flock for the winter. He suffered alo ...more
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I've known about this story since I was a kid. But I think the one my Mum used to tell me when I was a kid was pretty different from this book.
But this was still an entertaining read. The illustration was cute too.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The ugly duckling, Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875)
عنوان: جوجه اردک زشت؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهرین؛ تصاویر بائو؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، خشایار، 1380، در 12 ص رنگی؛ شابک: 9644411021؛ چاپ دوم 1381، چاپ چهارم 1382، برای گروه سنی ب، موضوع داستانهای حیوانات، نویسندگان دانمارکی قرن 19 م
شاهکاری بی بدیل، آغازش داستان جوجه ای زشت، و پایانش قویی زیبا و باشکوه، انگار زندگی خود نویسنده است در قالب خیال، نمیتوانم گفت چند بار تجدید چاپ شده یا چند مترجم آن را به فارسی برگردانده اند
Steven Peterson
Dec 21, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
Another version of "The Ugly Duckling"? Do we really need that? My view is that this richly illustrated version is a work that carves its own niche. Children, I think, will enjoy this greatly.

Stephen Mitchell has "retold" the story, with what I think of as lush illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The book itself is lovely to look at.

The story begins thus: "It was a glorious day in the countryside. Summer had come. . . ." There, a female duck was laying upon her eggs, waiting for them
Clare Browne
May 12, 2012 Clare Browne rated it really liked it
For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favourite for over one hundred years. ‘I am too ugly even for a dog to eat,' the duckling thought. This poignant tale is a timeless classic that all children will empathise and identify with on some level. This story is an ageless story that speaks across generations with its reaffirming message. The journey of the ‘ugly duckling’ - is an unforgettable survival story. By our duckling blooming into a graceful swan it is a reminder ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson is one of the oldest traditional stories out there. This story has been around for a very long time and is still told to this day. The Ugly Duckling is about a little duck that was born looking differently than his other brothers and sisters. He not only felt like an outcast but he was teased and bullied by many. He endures lots of ridicule and listens to lots of negative comments about his appearance. As the story goes on and as the Duck grows older, ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Annikka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
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This book is about the original story of the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson. Because this story is the original, it it a bit more violent talking about killing and hunters, but it is still the Ugly Duckling story that we all know and love. It is about a little duckling who is different from the others, and is often bullied and put down by those around him. He survives hecklers and hunters and shows that, with patience, you can survive anything and come out beautiful
Ivy Marion
Apr 24, 2016 Ivy Marion rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
The Ugly Duckling is a tale as old as time, and it is one that most are fond with. It is a story about an ugly little bird who fights his way through many obstacles, fighting for survival. When the little bird has to be nurtured back to health, he emerges into a beautiful swan. This story is a great reminder of how important patience is in our lives. It is also a story about judging someone based on their looks and how they are good enough just because they look a certain way. We are all differe ...more
Anna Scott
Jan 13, 2008 Anna Scott rated it really liked it
This book was a story of hope for me - I was the ugly duckling when I read this book - I see it as a story about rejection [fear (bondage) expectation] and belonging [love (freedom) becoming] - and the war to stay faithful to ones-self despite the many callings to abandon faith and hope - The swan finally finds his/her true identity and place after a life of opression and struggles with the threat of death - a story of home coming, hope, faith, courage and truth - a favourite ; )
Mar 16, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I thought this was a nice version of the "Ugly Duckling" story with realistic but arts-y illustrations (the one on the cover is probably the cutest one, though!) A tad wordy at times, but creates a nice nature-focused feel. I've always been kind of on the fence with "The Ugly Duckling" tale, though, so perhaps a few of my lingering qualms prevented me from giving this more stars...
Zoe Lampman
Nov 17, 2014 Zoe Lampman rated it really liked it
In the Ugly Duckling it is discovered that the last egg to hatch in a mother duck's nest is a baby bird that looks nothing like the other ducklings. He is is shunned by his mother and his siblings and runs away in hopes of finding someone that will love him. When all hope of finding a friend seems lost he is discovered by a beautiful swan and group of cygnets that look just like him. He finally found his home and had never been happier.

This is a story that teaches children the danger of judging
May 30, 2015 Chinook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 1-kindle
Kait's bedtime story this evening. It's funny how you think you know the details to stories like this and them when reading them are surprised at how little you actually recall the story.
Taylor Knight
What the heck, Hans Christian Andersen? That was so freakin' sad!
John Yelverton
Oct 21, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic story about not judging others for their outward appearance.
Tina [Tina The Bookworm]
I didn't care for this one.
Asa Jacobs
This is the story of a duckling that looked different than other ducks. His brother and sisters all told him he was ugly and for a long time everyone was mean to him. He ran away from home and wasn't treated much better through long harsh winter. Come spring, he saw some beautiful swans and decided to go and see if they would talk to him. They all wanted to meet him, he looked at himself in the water and realized he had turned into a beautiful swan. He was very happy and lived with his new frien ...more
Taylor Ray
This book was about a duckling that was born out of a bigger egg and was different looking from the rest of the bunch that were hatched. He was referred to as the "ugly duckling" like the title of the story. He struggles in his life dealing with the fact that he is "ugly" and ends up traveling and experiencing things different from the rest of them, because he was so different. At the end, he never really got over all the teasing until one day, he looked at his reflection in the water of the pon ...more
Sarasvvati Ajeng
Dulu saya pernah baca The Ugly Duckling ini versi Bahasa Indonesianya dan saya dulu suka banget. Apalagi dulu kan saya jelek (ya, sekarang juga nggak cantik sih tapi dulu saya jauh lebih jelek dari sekarang hahaha). Sebagai anak kecil, saya bacanya seneng banget karena kisah dan messagenya bagus. Bikin saya yang dulu gendut dan jelek jadi PD dan yakin kalau suatu saat nanti saya bakalan bisa cantik dan kece, haha. Time flies, dan beberapa hari yang lalu saya iseng liat epub yang ada di iTunes da ...more
Alexis Kloehn
May 30, 2014 Alexis Kloehn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Ugly Duckling" was a story about a little duck that had a rough life. He was picked on by all of the other animals for being different. Everyone in his life thought he was ugly. This made him run away from home many times. The duckling went through many homes until he found one that accepted him. He was finally accepted because he finally matured.

There is only one character throughout the story, the ugly duckling. He was picked on all his life because he was different. The ugly duckling di
Kristin Campbell
Oct 31, 2011 Kristin Campbell rated it really liked it
The ugly Duckling by Hans Anderson is a very detailed book that teaches kids that it is ok to be different. This story is about a bird who hatches and he does not look like the rest of the birds that hatched. He is picked on and made fun of by other birds because he looks so different. He spends time going from one person or animal to the next and when he grows up, he develops into a beautiful swan! He is so happy that he finally found a group of bird to fit in. This book's illustrati
Holly M
Nov 24, 2013 Holly M rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this story, a little bird suffers verbal and physical abuse throughout his whole life because he looks different than everyone else. Than one day after the harsh winter, he flings himself at a group of swans hoping to be killed by the beautiful birds, but instead he is accepted. He then realizes that he looks like the rest of them and finally finds a home. This classic picture book shows how one can accept who you are once you have overcome your challenges. He is ridiculed throughout his whol ...more
May 11, 2012 Eileen rated it liked it
The Ugly Duckling is a book in which I remember to be a personal favourite of mine from when I was a young child. Recently I read it to a Reception class to see if it would have the same effect. The children really enjoyed the book. I spoke to them about how the duckling felt and, how would they like if somebody did that to them about the way they looked. Even though the children were only 4 and 5, they seemed to fully understand the under lying concept of the book that we should not leave anybo ...more
May 07, 2015 Kristine rated it it was amazing
The Ugly Duckling is such a classic story. I used to love it as a child and reading it again reminded me why. This is a book for everyone.
Jan 26, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ugly Duckling

I knew as soon as I came across this book that I had to have it. This is the very first book that I ever read as a child. I will never forget it and how it made me feel when I first read it. Today when I re-read it again I felt the very same way except I didn't cry this time, almost though. What a beautiful story and one that I had never forgotten after more than fourty five years. Thank you Hans Christian Andersen for starting my wonderful reading hobby with this beautiful book
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Hans Christian Andersen (often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express themes that transcend age and nationalit ...more
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“It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!” 67 likes
“His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. To be born in a duck's nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan's egg.” 46 likes
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