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The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – March 24, 1999
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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
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
This version maintains the shocking portions of the story. (For example, the ugly duckling is bitten because "he is so ugly he deserves to be bitten.") Although I was concerned about how it would affect my 4yo, I felt that it was vital to understanding why this little duck would run away and risk death in the cold of winter. As it turned out, it served as a good basis for discussing how we should treat people and how treating someone poorly can hurt them while treating them kindly can save a life, both literally and figuratively. I also felt the beautiful, serene illustrations served to balance the ugliness, bringing a quiet reverence to the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good bedtime story... 5yr old fell right asleep
2nd night he was struggling to stay awake.
Anyways I liked reading it.
Favorite Ugly Duckling story. Wish thet would incorporate more images that are colorful for kids to seePublished 4 days ago by Sandra
My granddaughter loves this book and she goes for it every time she visits so that I can read to her. Recommend this book.Published 6 days ago by Kelly Curry
Darling book. Not sure how the little one will like it because it's stashed away for Christmas but it looks like something that will be his favorite. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sabrena Coughlin
I rated it five stars because it was an amazing book and it teaches you that just because other people make fun of you doesn't mean you have to believe them. Be yourself.Published 20 days ago by Average Joe
I think this book would be good for kids who have learned to read and are still in the storybook age. This is more so the original version from many children's books I've read. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Hyamiranda