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The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – Picture Book, 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
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- Lexile Measure : AD820L
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Grade Level : Kindergarten - 3
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 068815932X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688159320
- Product Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.38 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Morrow Junior Books; 1st edition (March 24, 1999)
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book teaches kids that you can't judge people by what they look like that it's what's on the inside that counts, and that you shouldn't ever be mean to others just because of their looks. I love this lesson because it's something that we have been telling our kids so they know not to ever pick on people because we are all the same. Everyone has different qualities that make them special and it's what makes them who they are so they need to get to know someone by their personality and all.
It helps show how some people except who they are faster then others so by judging them it makes them feel less of themselves which is not something we need to be doing at all. You can't judge a book by it's cover it's what's inside the book that really matters so this is a wonderful lesson to teach kids and even remind adults as well.
The illustrations were digital so they were a bit on the strange side. The ones I had so much problems with was the hen as they drew her as a roost. Yes it is trivial and out of place but there is a difference between the two.
Al in all a good introduction to the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen....
This book would make a nice read aloud for children in the early grades of elementary school. Teachers and parents will find lots of parallels and links to modern day childhood problems.
I do not know if this particular book was actually written by the Hans Christian Andersen because some book sites say it was written by the publisher, Ripple Digital Publishing. It has decent art although I wished there was more of it.
I found this telling of The Ugly Duckling was a little boring. Usually there is a heartwarming feeling towards the duckling. I also felt where the ugly duckling was searching for his place in the bird world was short. We did not have time to root for the ugly duckling.
I feel like there was something missing in this telling. I still enjoy this fairy tale but the way it has been written by others has been better.
I would expect if someone is using the story of a Master, that they would make their illustrations as bold and detailed as the story. Unfortunately not. Hans Christian Andersen wrote this story. It is a wonderful piece of work. Ripple Digital Publishing does a disservice to the writing when they do not offer full page illustrations.
Instead they have taken the original story and added a few logo sized illustrations that do nothing to enhance the telling. From the cover illustration I can see that they hired someone with some talent. If only they had used the talent in full pages throughout the story. That might have made this worth purchasing.
If you want just the story there are free versions of Hans Christian Andersen collections. If you want full Illustrations look elsewhere.
I do NOT recommend this version.
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I definitely got a lot more out of this book now I'm an adult, and was able to understand the message much more. It managed to sit with me a lot more now, understanding it so much better -- truly, the message is simply, don't judge a book by it's cover. This is a lesson I had forgot in a society that has become so judgemental towards everyone and anyone. It's hard to remember the simple lesson we are taught from this book, and it's hard to fully understand as a child. This lesson will definitely stick with me a lot more now, and will be a constant reminder in my own head for a long time.
The illustrations definitely make this a lot more enjoyable. They're sweet, obviously made for children, but are pleasant to look at and so smooth on the Kindle app.
The narrative flows beautifully; there isn't a break in it at all and it stays smooth throughout the story, making it easy to just flow read no matter what. It's a lot darker than what I remember as a child, but I suppose we all read the abridged version that wasn't so dark - like we did with all of Andersen's stories we read as children.
This truly is still a wonderful story, and a classic. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone, for sure. It holds such a beautiful story and a stunning message. Maybe a lot of people in this current society actually need to read this.
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