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Ugly Duckling

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Ever since its publication in 1845, Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling has been a favorite with generations of children around the world. Today's youngsters will be equally moved by the hapless ugly duckling, who, ridiculed and rejected by all, suffers terrible hardships. And they will celebrate along with him when he finally emerges triumphant as the most beautif ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by NorthSouth
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Feb 25, 2016 Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of The Ugly Duckling is a story that I grew up reading and that I believe every child should read. Hans Christian Andersen retells this traditional story almost identically to how I remember it. The story begins with an excited mother duck watching her babies hatch, but much to her dismay the last egg to hatch is a duck who she thinks is ugly. The ugly duckling is ridiculed by its other siblings until it is forced to run away and face the world on its own. The duckling searches for a ...more
One of my all-time favorite stories as a child. It is a classic that can be used for generations to come. A poor little duckling hatches last, and does not look like the rest of the family. He is told by everyone how ugly he is, and finally runs away to get away from the cruelty of others, but still finds people making fun of him until he finally grows up and when he looks in the water he can not believe what he sees, he is the most beautiful swan of all, and all of the other swans believe that ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Genre: Traditional Literature

2. Summary: This is the story of an ugly duckling. A group of baby ducks are born and there is one that doesn’t seem to fit in. He searches for an answer as to why he looks different and doesn’t fit in with his other brother’s and sister’s.

3. Critique:
a.) This is such a great retelling of the classic fairytale, “The Ugly Duckling.” The accuracy of this story is spot on. This story is almost identical to the original Ugly Duckling story with a few adaptations.

Oct 29, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
The Ugly Duckling is a book written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Bernadette Watts. It tells the story of a duckling who didn't look like others and was picked on until he ran away from home. He ended up growing up to be a beautiful swan and finding a place where he belonged. I really liked this story because it taught the message that everyone has a place in this world where they belong and will feel welcome. I think this would be a great book to read aloud to students because t ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2014 Lyra Goga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ugly Duckling is a book about a duck that is teased because of his difference. One day he transforms into a beautiful swan. Even though I read this book more than ten years ago I remember well how I felt reading it. I was so young and touched by the story. I felt so sorry for the "ugly duck" that I cried about it.
It has a powerful message and every kid should read it.
Kelly Powell
This story is a sad one, but it has a good lesson within. I felt that the illustrations helped me feel and empathize with the ugly duckling. I would love to read this to my class to show how words can be unkind and hurt. I could also teach and explain that things aren’t always as they appear just like the duckling was really a swan.
I really like this version of this book, even though there are a lot out there. I like the illustrations in this one. I think it's a great message about leaning to accept yourself for who you are and what you look like and to be yourself, because everyone is special in their own way.
Feb 25, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations in this version of the famous story are lovely, making it very easy for your. readers to sympathize with the story.
Mandy Couch
Jun 19, 2012 Mandy Couch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-emotional
This book is a great example of self esteem and acceptance. This book shows children how a child could feel left out based on looks, disabilites or even a economical status. I think this book did a great job is showing exactly what someone could go through and feel.

After reading the book, I would have the children make a card to someone special or that they thought would like to feel better about something in their life. Once this activity was completed we would share the cards and ask
Diane Cassell
May 03, 2016 Diane Cassell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same classic story of the ugly duckling. The graphics are great as they are realistic to real life animals.
Kasey Hughes
This book again is another classic book. I enjoy reading this book now but feel sometimes, children would feel very sad for the ugly duckling in the beginning of the book. I enjoy this book though because I like the story of how the mother will love her duck no matter what he/she looks like because it is hers. This book would be a good book to read to a child who is having self esteem issues to ensure that they are beautiful and awesome in their own way. This book for me can easily loose the chi ...more
Mikailah Shackleford
I really enjoyed this book! I have read the ugly duckling many times as a child, but this one had beautiful illistrations that really related to the story. This book has a great moral to it that i completely forgot that it had. It sends a good message to not judge people by the way they look but rather how they are as a person. In this story, an "ugly duck" is made fun of constantly and no one likes him. Then one day he transforms into a beautiful swan. My siblings really enjoy this book as well ...more
Dec 26, 2009 Aly rated it it was amazing
A great story about finding the beauty within and in things that are less than typical. I love reading feel good books like this one with my daughter. I think this is an important story to read with toddlers and young children because it helps them to see that those that don't look like everyone else can be just as beautiful on the inside.
Jul 30, 2015 Edma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has been one of my favourites as a child because, the animals would represent humans and how racism or other apparental distinguish would lead to discrimination. But this tale also proves that we all belong somewhere, we are part of a part of the world. We are not alone!
Mar 05, 2013 Bree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
illustrated nicely by Bernadette Watts
not my favorite retelling
leaves out the scene with geese getting shot
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Shelves: child-lit-class
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An ugly duckling feels like an outcast until he grows into a beautiful swan.
Jimmy Long
We've read it a few times. Not so into the classics
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