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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
I am in third grade my name is Emma and I think this book is certainly good,amazing,established and last but not least greatPublished 3 hours ago by this app the people get mad at me
One if my favorites! Don't expect the child's version of a few short pages.Published 6 days ago by Candy Hayes
This book was so amazing it started out where everybody hated the duck because he was ugly but in the end he found out he was a swan everybody loved him including himself.Published 10 days ago by Jennifer Henson
Love the classic book! Loved introducing it to my daughter for the first time. She really enjoyed listening to it also.Published 11 days ago by Chloesmom
This is great for children that think that their ugly but there not all children are handsome and pretty and for children that are getting bullied
! Recommended ;)
I liked it.it has a good message to it and the pictures are cool too. The book is one of my favorite.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is no surprise that 74% of 2077 people who reviewrd this popular classic gave it 4 or 5 stars. The story is told well and the book teaches children that every one is beautiful.Published 20 days ago by Leba Hoenig