Ugly Duckling

Ugly Duckling

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Overview

Each season brings a new obstacle for the unloved duckling -- from summer on a farm where the other animals tease him to a cold, lonely winter on a frozen pond -- but the duckling continues on his search for acceptance. At last spring arrives, and with it comes the duckling’s glorious discovery that he has grown into the most noble of creatures, a swan.

This child-friendly edition introduces the next generation of readers to the magic of Hans Christian Andersen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735821460
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 111,808
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK for a time under the tutelage of Brian Wildsmith. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Bremen Town Musicians. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSüd Verlag since the beginning of her career 50 years ago.

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Ugly Duckling 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent version of the Ugly Duckling. The illustrations are wonderful and so lovely for little children to see the beauty of art in such a great story. People of all ages can relate to the story of the misfit in the group and you find yourself riding along with the main character as he tries to fit in and then tries to find who he is really is. This classic story is always a great story for kids and with the lovely illustrations it makes it fun to read again and again. I would recommend this book to all people who love to read with children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a story about a duck who actually isnt a duck its actually a swan who cant love that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the great lessons of all children's stories. Remember it fondly and hold it close to your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great story with good meaning behind it. 'Let me see the egg that won't hatch'. The ugly duckling was a late comer and not the prettiest thing either. He struggled all his life until one day when he realized that he could be a great duck. In the end he says, 'I never dreamed of so much happiness when I was the ugly duckling'. Anderson, Hans Christian. The Ugly Duckling. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m partial to any Hans Christian Anderson book. This is because when I was young I saw the movie of his life as portrayed by Danny Kaye and I fell in love with his story! Though I¿m not sure how factual the movie was, I¿m still intrigued by his literature. The Ugly Duckling is a timeless story of a young hatchling¿s journey from birth to adulthood. His life begins as an ugly, awkward duck that is taunted and teased by all those who see him even his own family turns against him and they peck and chase him out of their barnyard. The little duckling finds himself in strange surroundings, but tries to do his best with what he¿s got and to find his place in life. One day, he hears a flock of birds flying high and admires them from afar. ¿Oh, if only he could go with them! But what sort of a companion could he be to those beautiful beings?¿ After a terribly cold winter, you¿ll be delighted to see the discoveries that unfold for this strong-willed little duckling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment he hatched out of his egg, the little duckling knew he was different. Even his mother and his brothers and sisters thought he was strange. The other animals taunted him and bit him to the point where he just could not stand it anymore, so he left his mother to try to make it on his own. Out in the wild, the duckling faced even more challenges such as hunters and dogs. He began to think to himself, ¿I am too ugly even for a dog to eat.¿ The summer ended and winter was just around the corner, but still the duckling wondered, would he ever fit in anywhere? The Ugly Duckling is an extraordinary book for both children and adults of all ages. I remember reading this book as a young child and crying because it was so sad with a bright ending, and when I read it again now as an adult, I reacted to the book in the very same way. A lot of people can relate to this book if at sometime in their lives, they felt out of place (basically everyone will feel that way at sometime or another in their life) just as the duckling in the book did. This book teaches children that while not everybody is exactly the same, everyone is special in their own way. What¿s on the outside is not what matters it¿s what¿s on the inside that counts. Jerry Pinkney lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney. Jerry turned to art at an early age because his dyslexia made it very difficult to read. He graduated from Dobbins Vocational School with a concentration in commercial art and he received a full scholarship to attend the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (PCA). Jerry has been illustrating children¿s books since 1964, and to date, he has illustrated more than 75 books. Many of his books have won various awards including the Caldecott Honor Award. Pinkney, Jerry. The Ugly Duckling. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999. RL: Ages 5-8, Grades K-3
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ugly Duckling is a true Classic. A tale of how no matter what circumstances you were born in- how unlike the others you are, you can find true beauty when you find your place in the crowd. You will then find indeed true character and goodness within. This book is highly recommended.
MikeLaville More than 1 year ago
My favorite! Great pictures as well!
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is a retelling for picture book age children. The illustrations are superb and very appealing. I deducted one star because it does not have the original text, however this much shorter version will appeal to the age most likely to want to read the story. This would be a beautiful addition to any family's picture book collection. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story so much! It brings back such sweet memories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott: Throughout the book, The Ugly Duckling, I felt sorry for the duck. It was a sad situation because no one wanted to have anything to do with the duck. The mother duck would not even tell the others she thought he was a good looking duck. It was awful that no one really took up for him. Hans Christian Andersen was born in the slums of Odense. His father, Hans Andersen, was a poor shoemaker and literate, who believed he was of aristocratic origin. Andersen's mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter, worked as washerwoman. Although she was uneducated and superstitious, she opened for his son the world of folklore. Andersen received little education. As a child he was highly emotional, suffering all kinds of fears and humiliations because of his tallness and effeminate interests. Encouraged by his parents he composed his own fairy tales and arrange puppet theatre shows. His father loved literatuire and took Andersen often to the playhouse. The Ugly Duckling, is about a duck that when he was born he was different from his siblings and mom. Everyone thought he was so ugly and picked on him. So, he left home one night. He came across a lady and her cat and hen. He stayed with them awhile, but the cat and hen thought the duckling was useless. So, once again the duck left in search for a new place. The duck goes through a few more situations, but then finds others that he fits in with. ¿He may not be quite as handsome as the others,¿ his mother answered. The duckling¿s mother agrees with another duck that her son is not that good looking like the other ducks. Andersen, Hans Christian. The Ugly Duckling. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999. Grade Level: 4th
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent take on the classic children's story, and the pictures are amazing. Jerry Pinkney won a Caldecott Honor for his rendition of the Ugly Duckling. I love how the pictures span the whole page, but frame the text on one page to make it easier to read. The tale is truly a heartwarming story, and I would highly recommend this book for children, parents, and teachers alike.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a good story for illustrations
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover is different than the one that is displayed on library thing!This book was a story about a little duck that is born ugly and his family and friend ostracize him for his lack of beauty. Throughout the book the duckling is faces with the challenges of resentment and being picked on. Finally in the end he is reunited with a group of beautiful swans and then realizes that he has transformed into one of them The duckling learns the meaning of beauty and belonging. The illustration of the story is beautiful reflecting nature and animal life in a realistic way. Great story for young and old students as well as adults!
Kcarline143 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is about an ugly duckling that shows the importance of not judging others on what they look like. It's amazing how something the ugly duckling can turn out to be something so beautiful.The artwork is beautful in the book. This is a great book on teaching kids about not judging others on what they look like but what is on the inside. This is a wonderful story if two children in the classroom are not getting along because it can teach kindness.
silly_tine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This version of The Ugly Duckling is a great retelling of the classic story, with an enriched exploration of the Ugly Duckling's feelings and experiences. The illustrations are stunning. My three children, ages 3-5, are enthralled. And because of the nuance and complexity of the story, this will continue to be a family favorite for years to come.
ShutterBugSara.T on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another classic! This is a beautiful story that deals with self esteem issues and not fitting in. The photos in this story were beautiful and very detailed. I have always loved this story and even have an ugly duckling charm on my charm bracelet. Every child should read this story. This particular version was perfect for children with large font but not so simple that it might offend a bright child. I think every child who feels low about them selves should read this story!
cjfox73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The message of this story can't be beat, and the telling of it in this version is sweet and true. Illustrations are beautiful soft watercolors that caputre life on the water.
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is good for children because it shows that you don't have to be the most beautiful to be happy. Stay true to yourself and that's what true beauty it. What's inside. It helps kids know that they are special even if they aren't the best looking according to society.
McClendon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book would be better read to children in grades 1-3. It is about an "ugly duckling" that gets made fun of by the other little ducklings for being ugly. In the end however the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan. It shows that you can't "judge a book by it's cover."
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The classic story of the ugly duckling who is made fun of and neglected who grows up to become a beautiful swan. The story about growing up to become awesome and find out who you are, the story about not judging people or things prematurely. The graphics, though compelling, were not my style. I prefer a less watercolored and realistically muted look, personally. Its also hard to get too excited about a tale you've heard a million times before without much of a twist on it. This book is great for kids though because it teaches that things aren't always the way it seems and it shows that picking on people is wrong, also sometimes they grow up to be your boss! haha just kidding...
linnaea44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations and a great adaptation of the original. i enjoyed this more than the original. I liked the encounters with other animals and his jouney to find himself. I think we all think of this story when we look at pictures from our awkward years.This story was always an inspiration to me, knowing that one day we all blossom into someone beautiful and confident. This is a great story for children to read over and over again.
whitneyw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the story of the ugly duckling- turning into a beautiful swan, the duck learn true happiness and he learn to love himself.
MandaW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is just a classic. Good moral as well as a cute story. I have loved this book throughout my life and would love to someday share it with kids. 5 stars definitely!
tiburon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic fairy tale about the growth and development of a swan, and the adventures he goes through on his way to self-knowledge. Adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.