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The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen
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The Ugly Duckling

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  5,145 ratings  ·  171 reviews
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Barron's Educational Series (first published January 1st 198)
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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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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
Huda Aweys
It's a wonderful story about accepting oneself, and for the difference, which does not necessarily mean a bad thing!
بجد تحفة و في رأيي كبير او صغير قراها فهو هيستمتع و هيستفاد جدا ! :)
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
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
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
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.
John Yelverton
What a fantastic story about not judging others for their outward appearance.
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
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
"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
Read this to my boys tonight and they both liked it! It's a great children's book with a deep thought provoking message. I once heard that the author saw himself as the duckling in the book.
I read it when i was a child. :)
Latoya Sharaine
This folklore was intended for children anywhere from 3-9 years old. This book was awarded the 2000 Caldecott Honor Book. This is a story about a duckling that didn’t look like his brothers and sisters. He was labeled the “ugly duckling.” He runs off to find his place in the world where he wouldn’t feel so ugly. I gave this book five stars because it sends a powerful message to children. The theme of the story is that being different actually is better than being like everyone else. The duckling ...more
This book was really sad and it was my first time reading it. I have heard of The Ugly Duckling before, but never read the original version by Hans Christian Andersen. The most heartbreaking thing about this book was that the duck was treated, so poorly because he looking different. In today's society sometimes we are told that we must all look the same and those who are different than the crowd are seen as outcasts.

This book reflects on how in society people are different don't have as many op
What is this? Only three stars for one of the most touching fantasy tales ever written?

Well, let me explain, as eloquently as I can, why two stars ebbed off my rating.

Firstly, I'd like to say that this is a beautifully written story which exploits themes such as: ostracism, racism, sheep-syndrome, the influence of a generally accepted opinion, and many more. All of which are nicely wrapped up in a fairy tail shell.
Which makes it seem easily comprehendable, even for little children, but behind a
Taylor Knight
What the heck, Hans Christian Andersen? That was so freakin' sad!
The ugly duckling is a beautiful story

we loved it.such a happy ending,
wonderful book and so much details.
my daughter and I love this book I would definitely recommend this story.
Christina Packard
Children's Classic

Everyone should know the story as he it. Good story for children and adults. Was interesting to see color pictures on the KIndle FIre.

Cheryl Belt-Jackson
Te Ugly Duckling retold by Stephen Mithell, Paintings by Steave Johnson and Lou Fancher.
I feel the need to include the illustrators because the painting in this book are fantastic.
This book is a Folklore that is retold by the above author. This is a story about mistaken identity between ducks and swans.
This is a story for young children to early elementary students.
I like the realistic pictures and how the story is told with attention to detail. The Ugly Duckling also introduce great site word
Michelle Gray
A really wordy version and I didn't really like the illustrations. The text just didn't hold my interest.
Hans Christian Andersen describes beautifully the challenges that many people face in society as they are frequently told they are not pretty enough, not smart enough, not good enough. Anderson begins by describing a young duckling who appears different form the rest of his peers. The duckling is teased daily by this constant reminder that he is different. It isn’t until he looks at his own reflection that he notices a beautiful swan. This story leaves children with an important lesson that othe ...more
This is a cute story. Plus something fun and light to read.
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
Denise Hutchins
I’ve read this copy of “The Ugly Duckling” once before but never reviewed it here on Goodreads (I probably hadn’t joined yet). Today I read it again and still feel it deserves a 5-star rating. The illustrations are a nice touch, simple and pleasant, but the heart of the book still lies in the words.

It’s difficult to believe bullying of this extreme nature isn’t just the stuff of children’s fairytales, that it persists to this day, more than a century after this tale was first published, just as
Ziwei Cheng
This story is mainly to say when a duckling born from the egg shell, it felt so ugly. Her father and mother are reluctant ignores it, brothers and sisters, it is ridiculed it, saying that she is the world's most ugly duck. Close relatives and friends listened to ridicule, ducklings and he felt very sorry and sad. Even staying wood forest partners also despise it, and gave her a nickname: "The Ugly Duckling." Not only that, the little duck was also out of the house of. If winter comes, in this co ...more
Reading with a more matured mind, I understand the story with more than just "beauty is skin deep," eyes. As a child, I thought it was all about learning not to treat someone based on their physical (which is also great) but I see more of how the world works.

The story is a great lesson on bullying, self confidence and hierarchy in society for both children and adults. Notice how mother duckling teaches her young ones not only how to avoid danger- the cat- but how to walk that walk. She also tea
Rhonda Lee
As a child The Ugly Duckling is a must read book for majority of children throughout the world! Hans Andersen points out a very good example in his story that he shares. A mother duck hatches fives eggs and out come four yellow perfect beaked ducks. The fifth duck seems to have a difference in looks as it hatches, the father and mother duck quickly dislike it. The ugly duckling goes off wondering into the woods to find a new family or at least some friends to accept him. From the start his "quac ...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
Deena Lernor
This is a story of a young duckling that had trouble finding his way. The Ugly Duckling was the largest egg and took the longest to hatch. When he hatched he was a grey color with fluffiness all over. Everyone called him ugly everywhere he went, and always stared at him. When he left his family he went on a journey to find his new home, he came across other animals that judged him. He went to many marshes and each time he went he was made fun of for his ugly color. A winter night came a long and ...more
Samantha Mcdowell
The classic story of the ugly duckling is really brought to life in this book with vivid, large illustrations that I found fantastic. The story is great for kids because the poor ugly duckling gets bullied by all the other animals while he is little because of how he looks until finally at the end of the story he turns in to a beautiful swan. The illustrations were my favorite part of this book because they were large and drawn very realistically.
There are quite a few words to a page so I think
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn]; 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 theme ...more
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“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.” 38 likes
“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye.” 14 likes
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