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The Ugly Duckling

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews

A. A. Milne

Characters: 4 male, 3 female

Arrangements have been made for Prince Simon to marry Princess Camilla. The King and Queen are nervous because-- let's face it-- Camilla is plain! It is decided that a beautiful maid will impersonate Camilla until the wedding. The Prince hears of Camilla's beauty and, considering himself rather plain, has his extremely handsome
Paperback, 29 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Samuel French Ltd
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Laura Verret
Jul 24, 2009 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
This is not the traditional ‘Ugly Duckling’ story. This is the extremely and enjoyably humorous tale of a young princess who lived with her parents (the King and Queen), was waiting for a handsome young prince, and (quite unfortunately) was not pretty. In fact, she was quite unattractive. When this story begins, the King has received word that a prince, Prince Simon, is journeying to their castle from a foreign land to meet and prospectively marry Princess Camilla. The King and Queen decide tha ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Jj rated it it was amazing
Prince Simon is to marry Princess Camilla. But to the Princess family and friends she is not all that beautiful. So they try everything they can to cover her (not so beauty and plainness). So at the end the Princess and Prince find each other beautiful and that's all that matters. And as always they live happily ever after. THE END =) lol
The Ugly Duckling had the all the flavor of a farcical Shakespearean romance play, but, of course, it was written in modern English with humor that modern audiences can relate to. The version that I listened to on audiobook was well done and well acted, and I chuckled aloud several times. It was fun!
Emily Giuffre
May 12, 2014 Emily Giuffre rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-novels, plays
A very sweet play about a princess rather than a swan. I had the opportunity to play Princess Camilla in a college production and had a total blast! I only wish there was more to this play at the end instead of ending right before the wedding. Good play for highschools to do!
Jun 04, 2007 Shelby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thespians/Children's Drama Readers
No, this isn't the story of that duck that wanted to be a swan. This is a play written by Mr. Winnie the Pooh himself called The Ugly Duckling. It is about a princess who was cursed at birth to look ordinary (or ugly) to everyone by her true love. Shannanigans and laughter ensue as she becomes engaged to a Prince who has never seen her before (but ironically is her true love unbenownst to her worried parents). I played the princess' dim-witted but beautiful servant, Dulcibella, presented by Live ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
This play was interesting and funny! I loved it so much! The message is good it doesn't matter what's on the outside of a person it's what is on the inside that really counts. I don't just like this play because of the message I also like it because it caught me off guard I thought I was going to read a screenplay about a little duck who everyone thinks is ugly but at the end is a beautiful swan, but; no its a screenplay about a princess.
Mar 06, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing
LOVE this play.
First read in high school (Thanks Mrs. Walton!) and used it for my Senior Project.
Shahab Habibi
May 26, 2015 Shahab Habibi rated it did not like it
Dull, boring, unfunny. Lacks the necessary details I'd enjoy in a play.
Not a worthwhile read in my opinion.
Feb 26, 2016 Abigail rated it it was amazing
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This was a silly play and a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading this in high school.
Jan 22, 2010 Prateeekgb rated it it was amazing Amazing!!
Emily Evans
Sep 08, 2010 Emily Evans rated it it was amazing
wonderful play!
Oct 25, 2012 Ashraks rated it it was amazing
Non traditional interpretation of an old story. My most shortest and quickest read ever!! Totally enjoyable! Can't believe I re-read this in 2013!
Character Sketches
Dec 04, 2007 Character Sketches rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
A bit of a switch from the typical ugly/beautiful princess story, if only because there is witty dialogue.
Dec 28, 2014 Amri marked it as to-read
Jan 11, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
One word: Fabulous.

One sentence: Needs to be read often, and aloud.
Jul 05, 2013 Bt rated it really liked it
A cute one-act play, set in medieval times and inspired by the story of the ugly duckling (but no ducks are involved).
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Alan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmɪln/) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems.

A. A. Milne was born in Kilburn, London, to parents Vince Milne and Sarah Marie Milne (née Heginbotham) and grew up at Henley House School, 6/7 Mortimer Road (now Crescent), Kilburn, a small public school run by his father. One of his teac
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