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For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird -- marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird -- marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and cruel seasons -- is an unforgettable survival story; this blooming into a graceful swan is a reminder of the patience often necessary to discover true happiness. Splendid watercolors set in the lush countryside bring drama to life.


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For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird -- marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular new adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird -- marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and cruel seasons -- is an unforgettable survival story; this blooming into a graceful swan is a reminder of the patience often necessary to discover true happiness. Splendid watercolors set in the lush countryside bring drama to life.

30 review for The Ugly Duckling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Den Grimme ælling = The Ugly Duckling‬, Hans Christian Andersen When the story begins, a mother duck's eggs hatch. One of the little birds is perceived by the other birds and animals on the farm as an ugly little creature and suffers much verbal and physical abuse from them. He wanders sadly from the barnyard and lives with wild ducks and geese until hunters slaughter the flocks. He finds a home with an old woman, but her cat and hen tease and taunt him mercilessly and once again he sets off alon Den Grimme ælling = The Ugly Duckling‬, Hans Christian Andersen When the story begins, a mother duck's eggs hatch. One of the little birds is perceived by the other birds and animals on the farm as an ugly little creature and suffers much verbal and physical abuse from them. He wanders sadly from the barnyard and lives with wild ducks and geese until hunters slaughter the flocks. He finds a home with an old woman, but her cat and hen tease and taunt him mercilessly and once again he sets off alone. The duckling sees a flock of migrating wild swans. He is delighted and excited, but he cannot join them, for he is too young and cannot fly. Winter arrives. A farmer finds and carries the freezing little duckling home, but the foundling is frightened by the farmer’s noisy children and flees the house. He spends a miserable winter alone in the outdoors, mostly hiding in a cave on the lake that partly freezes over. When spring arrives, a flock of swans descends on the lake. The ugly duckling, now having fully grown and matured, is unable to endure a life of solitude and hardship any more and decides to throw himself at the flock of swans deciding that it is better to be killed by such beautiful birds than to live a life of ugliness and misery. He is shocked when the swans welcome and accept him, only to realize by looking at his reflection in the water that he had been, not a duckling, but a swan all this time. The flock takes to the air, and the now beautiful swan spreads his gorgeous large wings and takes flight with the rest of his new family. تاریخ نخستین خوانش این نسخه: ماه جولای سال 2005 میلادی ... عنوان: جوجه اردک زشت؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهرین؛ تصاویر بائو؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، خشایار، 1380، در 12ص رنگی؛ شابک 9644411021؛ چاپ دوم 1381، چاپ چهارم 1382، برای گروه سنی ب، موضوع داستانهای حیوانات، نویسندگان دانمارکی - سده 19م مترجم: ثریا نظمی؛ تهران، دادجو، 1364هجری خورشیدی؛ در 12ص؛ بارها تجدید چاپ شده مترجم: پرستو یغمایی، نشر کهن، 1375هجری خورشیدی مترجم: سعید بهروزی، افق، 1375هجری خورشیدی مترجم: زه‍را س‍ع‍ی‍دب‍ه‍ر، ف‍ره‍ن‍گ‌ و ه‍ن‍ر، 1375هجری خورشیدی مترجم م‍ه‍ری‌ م‍ح‍ق‍ق‌ف‍ر؛ ته‍ران‌: دف‍ت‍ر ن‍ش‍ر ف‍ره‍ن‍گ‌ اس‍لام‍ی‌، 1374هجری خورشیدی مترجم: نوا آشتیانی، شارع، 1378هجری خورشیدی مترجم: شهرام عطائی، هفت اقلیم، 1378هجری خورشیدی مترجم: مهرداد مهرین، خشایار، 1380هجری خورشیدی مترجم: آزاده معالج، نشر همکلاسی، 1380هجری خورشیدی مترجم: علی رحیملو، ت‍ه‍ران‌، دان‍ش‍گ‍ر، واح‍د ک‍ودک‍ان‌ و ن‍وج‍وان‍ان‌، 1380هجری خورشیدی مترجم: بهناز منجئی آزاد، نشر آزمون، 1380هجری خورشیدی مترجم: کامیار جولایی، جویا، 1380هجری خورشیدی مترجم: سرور مهدوی میلانی، تهران، نوبهار، 1381هجری خورشیدی مترجم: زهرا حصارپرور، بازنویس: جواد داعی، مشهد، جام آپادانا، 1381هجری خورشیدی مترجم: عماد لدنی، تهران صدف، 1381هجری خورشیدی خانه ادبیات، 1381هجری خورشیدی مترجم: مینو کسائیان، اصفهان، مهرقائم، 1382هجری خورشیدی مترجم: مهدی علم باز، تهران، دلفین آبی، لاک پشت، 1382هجری خورشیدی مترجم: قدرت الله نیکبخت، تهران ، قو 1383هجری خورشیدی مترجم: پریسا جباری، آبشن، 1384هجری خورشیدی مترجم: سحر بیضائی، مهرداد، 1385هجری خورشیدی مترجم: کیانوش مصباح، هیربد، 1386هجری خورشیدی مترجم: ابراهیم بوی افراز، کاوشگر، 1386هجری خورشیدی مترجم: اکبر میرمطهر، اسرار قلم، 1387هجری خورشیدی مترجم: ابوالقاسم سبطی، نخستین، 1387هجری خورشیدی مترجم: سیما مولایی، نزدیک، 1387هجری خورشیدی مترجم: علی اتحاد، بازنویس: مجید سیف، سپیده 1388هجری خورشیدی مترجم: احمد قنبری، جان شیفته، 1389هجری خورشیدی مترجم: ساناز صفری، ریحانه، 1391هجری خورشیدی مترجم: بیژن نامجو، فکر برتر، 1391هجری خورشیدی مترجم: مجید میرزامحمدی، نهال نویدان، 1392هجری خورشیدی مترجم: آرزو رمضانی، آرمند، 1392هجری خورشیدی مترجم: سیدعلی کاشفی خوانساری، قدیانی، کتابهای بنفشه، 1392هجری خورشیدی مترجم: علی محمدپور، پوپک نقره ای، 1393هجری خورشیدی ... شاهکاری بی بدیل، آغازش داستان جوجه ای زشت، و پایانش قویی زیبا و باشکوه، انگار زندگی خود نویسنده است، در قالب خیال نیز، نمیتوانم گفت این داستان چند بار تجدید چاپ شده یا چند مترجم آن را به فارسی برگردانده اند جوجه اردک زشت، برخاسته از اندیشه و خیال «اندرسن» بوده است، و وابستگی‌ ای به هیچ داستان عامیانه ی مهنسال ندارد، نخستین بار در روز یازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1843میلادی، به همراه سه داستان دیگر از «اندرسن»، در «کپنهاگ دانمارک»، انتشار یافت، و تحسین منتقدان و همگان را برانگیخت؛ و نام «هانس کریستین اندرسن» را جاودانه ساخت؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    Is there anyone who does not know the the famous fairytale story of The Ugly Duckling? Originally the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen called it (view spoiler)[ “The Young Swans” (hide spoiler)] , but then decided against giving away the surprise ending, and renamed it The Ugly Duckling (“Den grimme ælling”). So just in case, I will not spoil the ending either, (although if you read the blurb that might give it away). The Ugly Duckling was first published in 1843, and was an immediate su Is there anyone who does not know the the famous fairytale story of The Ugly Duckling? Originally the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen called it (view spoiler)[ “The Young Swans” (hide spoiler)] , but then decided against giving away the surprise ending, and renamed it The Ugly Duckling (“Den grimme ælling”). So just in case, I will not spoil the ending either, (although if you read the blurb that might give it away). The Ugly Duckling was first published in 1843, and was an immediate success. The first edition of 850 copies sold out within the first week. Hans Christian Andersen later admitted that the story was “a reflection of my own life”, and when he was asked if he was going to write an autobiography, he claimed that it had already been written — The Ugly Duckling. The story has been told and retold countless times, and is often one of the first stories children learn in childhood, but what does not always transfer to the different versions is Hans Christian Andersen's delightfully droll humour. The positive life-affirming message is always there, that it is important to be yourself, and this is why the story perpetuates, but there are additional nuances in the original which make it one of his most enjoyable stories. I chuckled all through the beginning where the mother duck is waiting for her biggest egg to hatch, complaining that her layabout husband never comes to see her, another older duck advising her that it was a turkey's egg, and to leave it alone. But at last the big egg does crack open, and a little one tumbles out, “How big and gawky he was! The mother duck was soon convinced that he was her very own as she watched him in the the water, his little feet paddling away beneath him, "Look at those legs go! He knows how to keep upright. He is my own chick! And really quite pretty if you look closely," she said.” But as the days went on, the other ducklings started to pick on their brother, and everyone else in the farmyard got in on the act. They started to be unkind and poke fun at him too, “He is gawky and different so he must be put in his place!” they jeered, and the ugly duckling began to feel very unhappy. He got jostled and pecked and teased. He was the butt of every joke, and the mother duck always had to stick up for him. It was that he was so long in the egg ... she was sure he would turn out all right in the end. And anyway he was a drake, so perhaps looks didn't matter so much. “He's fit and strong so maybe he'll be able to look after himself.” Eventually things got so bad that he ran away. The story follows all the adventures the ugly ducking had. Everyone he met at first seemed to run away from him, or ignore him, and this only confirmed to him how ugly he must be. The ugly duckling roamed far and wide. He was frightened and lonely. He was never accepted anywhere, and nowhere felt like home. Nobody seemed to want to be his friend. They just laughed at him, or terrifyingly wanted to shoot those around him. Running from a situation where his life was in peril, he ended up as a companion to an old lady and her cat. But he could not lay eggs like Chickabiddy Shortshanks. He missed the open green spaces; the fresh air and the sunshine. He longed to go for a swim. The old woman's cat and the hen teased him mercilessly, so the ugly duckling decided he couldn't stay there either. “I think I had better go back out into the wide world,” said the ugly duckling, and again he set off on his own. Time went on, winter came and went, and the ugly duckling just huddled down to endure the harsh wind, hail and snow. He became thinner and thinner, and more and more unhappy. He spent a miserable winter alone in the outdoors, mostly hiding in a cave on the lake that partly froze over. He exhausted himself trying to keep the water flowing by paddling round and round - and even got stuck in the ice, and had to be rescued by a kind farmer. Still the ugly duckling had yet more adventures in store. Then, “One evening, just as the setting sun flamed across the sky, a flock of large lovely birds rose from the rushes ... the ugly duckling was seized with a wild excitement”. Some deep impulse stirs inside him ... And the end of the story is just perfect, making this one of the world's most uplifting and heartwarming tales. In my opinion it is Hans Christian Andersen's masterpiece. It has been translated into many languages and published around the world. It has become his most famous story. (view spoiler)[ “It's no wonder you don't feel at home in the farmyard, if you've been hatched from a swan's egg ... The three great swans swam round him stroking him with their beaks ... Some little children came running into the garden..."Look - there's a new swan! They shouted with delight ... The new one is the most beautiful of all—so young and handsome! ... He was almost too happy but not proud, for a good heart is never vain. He thought of how he had been persecuted and depised, and now everyone said he was the most beautiful of these beautiful birds.” (hide spoiler)] The Ugly Duckling is Hans Christian Andersen's own creation, and owes no debt to any other fairy tale. Hans Christian Andersen had his first glimmer of inspiration for the story in 1842, while staying at the country estate of Bregentved, and enjoying the beauty of nature. But it took him a year to write and hone the story to his own satifaction. The Ugly Duckling was the first story where the phrase “told for children” was not part of the title, and although clearly it is a tale which has great moral truths, it can be read by any age. It was the fourth and last in the volume which also contained “The Nightingale”, another lovely tale. Link here to my review of “The Nightingale”. The book sold out almost immediately and Hans Christian Andersen wrote delightedly, “The book is selling like hot cakes. All the papers are praising it, everyone is reading it! No books of mine are appreciated in the way these fairy tales are!” He even read it aloud at social gatherings. It is not difficult to see why the author viewed this story as a metaphor for his own life. He was a tall, ugly boy, with a big nose and big feet. Although he had a beautiful singing voice and a passion for ballet and the theatre, all his life he was rejected and teased by other children. He used to boast that he was secretly a prince, and although this only led to further mockery, there is a real possibility that he was in fact the illegitimate son of Prince Christian Frederik, later to be King Christian VIII of Denmark. (view spoiler)[The swan is historically a royal bird. Clearly, being a swan in the story was a metaphor not just for beauty and grace, but also for his secret royal lineage. (hide spoiler)] It is extraordinary that this story grabs the imagination in such a feel-good way. The ugly duckling is not heroic, and apart from enduring the winter, he does not complete any of the challenges typically demanded of a fairy tale hero. Yet we all relate to the story's positive messages about acceptance and rejection, stoicism and self-worth, and the idea that some things are worth waiting for. It is a beautiful and timeless story; one that speaks across generations, and my favourite of all Hans Christian Andersen's stories. Here's a photo I took of an "Ugly Duckling". Doesn't it just make you melt?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    You guys know I hate Hans Christian Anderson's way of ending the stories. I started this with the same expectations. But unexpectedly here I got the happy ending! HAPPY ENDING!! 😊 --As always, his writing style didn't fail to amuse me. I totally love him for this. --For those like me who have read many of his short stories, will see some similarities. But I like them. --This is the story of an ugly duckling. Nobody accepts him because of his ugliness. He goes through the cruel behaviour o You guys know I hate Hans Christian Anderson's way of ending the stories. I started this with the same expectations. But unexpectedly here I got the happy ending! HAPPY ENDING!! 😊 --As always, his writing style didn't fail to amuse me. I totally love him for this. --For those like me who have read many of his short stories, will see some similarities. But I like them. --This is the story of an ugly duckling. Nobody accepts him because of his ugliness. He goes through the cruel behaviour of world around him and sees that only beauty has the value. (view spoiler)[After a long time, he learned that he wasn't even a duck. He was actually a swan who grows from ugliness to beautiful. After that he began to enjoy the world. (hide spoiler)] --I really sympathized with the Duckling. He went through the bad time and ultimately got the happiness. I loved this story. One of the best from him! ^__^ 13 June, 2018

  4. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I feel like this is one of the most powerful fables told to children. It is one of my favorite stories. I think it is also one of the archetypes that is really running in todays world. There are so many people who don’t feel like they belong to their families, who are rejected by their communities. They have to find their own communities. Being in the world of healing, I have seen many people who have had to struggle against their family and find their place in the world, just like the ugly duck I feel like this is one of the most powerful fables told to children. It is one of my favorite stories. I think it is also one of the archetypes that is really running in todays world. There are so many people who don’t feel like they belong to their families, who are rejected by their communities. They have to find their own communities. Being in the world of healing, I have seen many people who have had to struggle against their family and find their place in the world, just like the ugly duckling did. This is especially true in the LGBTQ community. It is getting better nowadays, but people are still rejected for who they are made to be and must go out and find their own family. This little story, which is beautiful illustrated by Jerry, is such a roadmap and a reminder for those people born in the family that rejects them, that there is a place out in the world with people like them where they can belong. There is a place of acceptance and a place to gracefully fly. I have seen it so many times. I don’t know that the kids see how powerful this is. The nephew loved the animals. He does like this story and he gave this 3 stars. The niece has had some issues at school here and there and I think this story made a little more sense to her. She gave this 4 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Wonderful children's story but fun for any age! I have always loved all of Hand Christian Andersen's books!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    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 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 school supplies, candies, biscuits, etc. Then all the donated books will go to the Museo for their mobile library. If you want to donate, please communicate with me. Any amount or second hand children's books will do. Well, we all know the story of the ugly ducking. Accidentally mixed with a duck's eggs, he (it is only now that I found out that the ugly duckling is male) is hatched and grows up with ducks. Naturally, he looks different so all the animals and people around find him ugly. Until he matures and sees a group of swans and so he finds out that he is a swan and not a duck. For me the lesson is to make sure that you segregate the eggs properly. How can a swan's egg get mixed with duck's egg? It is like in the hospital, in the past the hospitals have loose procedures. Now, I guess all hospitals follow a certain generally accepted procedures for newly born babies to be footprinted, to immediately have a name tag, to be photographed with the parents, etc. I am not saying that swans and ducks have these too. I think what I am trying to say is that the mix-up is unexplained and so the ugly duckling suffers from being an outcast and extreme humiliation. I am sure that if this happens to an individual, the trauma that the very young ugly duckling from being ostracized would left a permanent damage to his self-esteem and psyche. We should love even those who look different from us.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Celtic Rebel (Richard)

    One of the most known and most loved fairy tales of all. I loved it as a kid and so did my kids and my grandchildren. It is emotional and touching as you see what the duckling goes through, and many kids can relate to that. It is a wonderful lesson of self-acceptance, and getting through difficult periods in our lives. A true classic that everyone should read at least once.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Archit Ojha

    A wonderful story of a duckling facing discrimination just because of her appearance. Emotional and heart-touching. Reading it in my school days, I remember getting tearful over this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    I just don't like the message that you shouldn't be mean to ugly people because someday they might turn out to be beautiful. What about a story where he stays ugly and that's fine because beauty is a pretty insignificant and temporary thing? Yeah. I know it's an old traditional story, but it's still not a great message. I have similar issues with the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer teaching children everywhere to be nice to weird people because someday they might turn out to be bloody use I just don't like the message that you shouldn't be mean to ugly people because someday they might turn out to be beautiful. What about a story where he stays ugly and that's fine because beauty is a pretty insignificant and temporary thing? Yeah. I know it's an old traditional story, but it's still not a great message. I have similar issues with the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer teaching children everywhere to be nice to weird people because someday they might turn out to be bloody useful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    I have this story on my Andersen's Fairy Tales but I didn't read it because I had bought the short story on Amazon Kindle. Was as good as the others Andersen's tales. A short story about self-acceptance. "They are afraid of me because I am ugly," he said I have this story on my Andersen's Fairy Tales but I didn't read it because I had bought the short story on Amazon Kindle. Was as good as the others Andersen's tales. A short story about self-acceptance. "They are afraid of me because I am ugly," he said

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julio Bonilla

    His feathers and his beak are the brightest of all.🐣 I gave it 5 stars because the story touches my soul. I lived the experience of feeling “different” in Catholic school, wanting something but not deserving it ä la a girlfriend. Eventually I’ve realized that I’m better off single! What matters in life is NOT your identity, but what you do to make a difference. 🤓

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 ashamed to accept it. Though, she attempts to protect the duckling but succumbs to constant critical remarks made by the community. The frustrations of a parent over inability to shield the duckling against the social loathing and the shame associated with the ‘ugly’ part of oneself were easy to read between the lines. The duckling moves away from the community, travels distant places, survives all the torments and struggles to find where he belongs. Finally, one day out of shame it looks down in the lake water and finds a beautiful white swan. It is this reflection that fills its heart with happiness. The story ends with two morals: ‘To savor happiness one needs to go through hardships’ and ‘No matter what your past is, your present defines you and determines your future’. In the entire book, the word ‘ugly’ appeared rather strongly for me. The definitive nature of ‘ugly’ changes when it is used as a ‘Label’. Once labeled, a person is persecuted, detested and constantly reminded of one’s deficits in such a way that the identity of a person solidifies as one of ‘handicap’; becoming a ‘self’ ruptured beyond repair. I would recommend that if you read this story to your little ones, do not just focus on imparting the above mentions lessons from the book, but also impart sensitivity to and appreciation of ‘the differences’ that exist in this world. A story is an instrument that indulges the reader into a world of fantasy thereby granting insight into the roots of the real problems. This is true for any fiction, but fables, stories and tales are unique owing to their simplicity and because they go beyond the limits of societies, cultures and time periods. For me, reading this book was therapeutic. The other component of the book is the illustrations, which were serene and can add a flavor to reading for children. I recommend this book to both kids and adults alike.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eman

    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 lik 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 the others within that family. The poor duckling is constantly teased and bullied because everyone thinks he's ugly. What makes it worse is that all the bullying started by his supposedly own folks. How terrible! After a journey of agony and misfortunes he finally gets to know who he really is.. Guess what? (view spoiler)[He grows into a very handsome swan. (hide spoiler)] What I disliked in the story is that the tormented fellow kinda gives up when everyone is against him. WTH, dude? Man up for God's sake! Screw them all, to hell what they think, but DON'T GIVE UP! Moral of the story: The world is such a messed up shallow place. Accept who you are and move on. You never know what the future hides for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    “It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling classic from the past. One of the many books that inspired me to read. Loved it. This is part of my much loved books from childhood.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Ellice

    It was very sad throughout this fairy tale but what a lovely ending

  16. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    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 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 alone, and at the point when the flocks were flying back , he saw a flock of swans. He thought they were most beautiful, and said that he would rather try to be in their circle and they kill him rather than to continue to be tormented by others. When he approached, he found out that they thought that he was the most beautiful among them. He didn't have the confidence to let their compliments go to his head, but truly appreciated the words. He finally found a place to belong. It was a long, hard road, but in the end he found peace, family, love and friends. :) Just don't expect a lot of pictures with this story. They are sorely lacking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Fantastic Beautifully illustrated, classic children's tale, with a moral. One of my favorites as a child. Very short story, suitable for reading as a bedtime story. Originally published in 1843, it's hard to imagine that such a classic children's book is still so easily readable for today's kids; it's values are timeless.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ekaterina Yakovina

    In my opinion this fairy story shows how society that live in small closed space hates anybody who is different from the members of this society. If you are in the society of stupid ducks they never realize that you are a beautiful noble swan. Therefore, it is important to find people like you are.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    The Ugly Duckling has aged well with time, and is even more relevant in the present times, where people are segregated from their society, just because they are different and hence, considered "ugly". The story manages to address this problem in a very effective manner. It is a children's story, but has a deep moral lesson. It is probably one of his best works.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The Ugly Duckling, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This lovely edition of Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy-tale, The Ugly Duckling, was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book in 2000 - one of five Jerry Pinkney titles to be so distinguished over the years - and is no doubt the best suited, of those versions of this story that I have read, for very young children. With a text based on the Andrew Lang version, found in The Yellow Fairy Book , it is a few steps removed from the original Anderse The Ugly Duckling, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This lovely edition of Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy-tale, The Ugly Duckling, was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book in 2000 - one of five Jerry Pinkney titles to be so distinguished over the years - and is no doubt the best suited, of those versions of this story that I have read, for very young children. With a text based on the Andrew Lang version, found in The Yellow Fairy Book , it is a few steps removed from the original Andersen, with its many harsh realities. Here is no nosy neighbor advising that the Ugly Duckling's egg be abandoned, no maternal rejection, in which mother duck tells her unusual offspring that she wishes he would go away, no short-lived friendship with two ganders who are shot down before the duckling's eyes, and no over-eager farmer's children to mishandle him. In short: a safer, less traumatic rendition of events, in which the truly horrific has been blunted. As someone who almost always prefers the full, unexpurgated version of the classic fairy-tales, I can't say that Pinkney's narrative is the one I would have chosen, but a recent discussion of sensitive younger children has led me to the conclusion that adaptations such as this also have their place. There is certainly no doubt that this is a visually appealing retelling, with Pinkney's gorgeous watercolor illustrations capturing - in expressive animal faces - all the emotion of the tale. The small cast of human characters is diverse, with both African and European figures - an innovation that works here, given the "everyman" feeling of this particular tale.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna Scott

    This book was a story of hope for me - I was the ugly duckling when I read this book - I see it as a story about rejection [fear (bondage) expectation] and belonging [love (freedom) becoming] - and the war to stay faithful to ones-self despite the many callings to abandon faith and hope - The swan finally finds his/her true identity and place after a life of opression and struggles with the threat of death - a story of home coming, hope, faith, courage and truth - a favourite ; )

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    This is such a beautiful story and always relevant. It's a quick read, and it's animals, so should easily appeal to children. It just delivers such an important idea, and this story has really stayed with me throughout my life. One of my favourites, for sure. A wonderful message, particularly for the ever-impressionable youth.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    I didn't remember there was that much more to the story. What an amazing lesson that's taught in this (fairy tale...fable) I don't know what to call it. I wish that everyone could find that spark of something beautiful inside. I believe that everyone has it, even if they don't feel like they do.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    What a fantastic story about not judging others for their outward appearance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    Another version of "The Ugly Duckling"? Do we really need that? My view is that this richly illustrated version is a work that carves its own niche. Children, I think, will enjoy this greatly. Stephen Mitchell has "retold" the story, with what I think of as lush illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The book itself is lovely to look at. The story begins thus: "It was a glorious day in the countryside. Summer had come. . . ." There, a female duck was laying upon her eggs, waiting for them Another version of "The Ugly Duckling"? Do we really need that? My view is that this richly illustrated version is a work that carves its own niche. Children, I think, will enjoy this greatly. Stephen Mitchell has "retold" the story, with what I think of as lush illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The book itself is lovely to look at. The story begins thus: "It was a glorious day in the countryside. Summer had come. . . ." There, a female duck was laying upon her eggs, waiting for them to hatch. Finally, six hatched, but a larger egg did not. The mother duck stayed on that egg until, somewhat later, it hatched. Of course, the seventh "duckling" did not look like the others and was made fun of. The first day was awful: "That's how the first day went, and afterwards it went from bad to worse. The duckling was attacked by everyone." The story proceeds as the "ugly duckling" left the ducks who spurned it, running away. A series of adventures takes place, with the ugly one continuing to be insulted and set upon by others. One poignant moment occurred when the ugly duckling saw beautiful swans. ". . .the ugly little duckling felt a strange feeling as he watched them." Then, of course, the happy ending when the ugly duckling looks into the water and comes to understand what he is. In short, this is a fine version of this old tale. There are lessons for children to learn in the story, and this "retelling" does a nice job on that score. Have kids of the right age? This would be a nice gift to them. . . .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Babitix Barbara

    The ugly duckling has a pure heart, and I like this story because it also shows us that people we can't imagine, someday can turn their back to us, but if we keep our heart pure, someday we will turn into beautiful creatures. So beautiful we can't imagine! I liked to listen to this audiobook, but I'm not a good listener as I'm am as a reader. Some words and meanings were missing. Favorite Character: The ugly duckling is more special, because he didn't give up! The ugly duckling has a pure heart, and I like this story because it also shows us that people we can't imagine, someday can turn their back to us, but if we keep our heart pure, someday we will turn into beautiful creatures. So beautiful we can't imagine! I liked to listen to this audiobook, but I'm not a good listener as I'm am as a reader. Some words and meanings were missing. Favorite Character: The ugly duckling is more special, because he didn't give up!

  27. 5 out of 5

    monica ♪

    Free on Amazon I've known about this story since I was a kid. But I think the one my Mum used to tell me when I was a kid was pretty different from this book. But this was still an entertaining read. The illustration was cute too. Free on Amazon I've known about this story since I was a kid. But I think the one my Mum used to tell me when I was a kid was pretty different from this book. But this was still an entertaining read. The illustration was cute too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vaishali

    Please read this original tale! For anyone who's had a lonely childhood, this is your book. Very sensitive story-telling by Anderson. A sweet, innocent adventure from loneliness to triumph.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caleb M.

    I've never read the original before and what a cool little short story this is. And wow is it brutal! The way they treated that poor little awkward looking duck! 🦆 It amazed me in this story how they could talk to him, to his face, in such a cruel manner. It reminded me of bullying, and how awful that truly is. We need to treat people, ALL people, with love and respect. Just in case anyone cares spoilers ahead but I'm not tagging it since I think everyone knows this story. As everyone knows at th I've never read the original before and what a cool little short story this is. And wow is it brutal! The way they treated that poor little awkward looking duck! 🦆 It amazed me in this story how they could talk to him, to his face, in such a cruel manner. It reminded me of bullying, and how awful that truly is. We need to treat people, ALL people, with love and respect. Just in case anyone cares spoilers ahead but I'm not tagging it since I think everyone knows this story. As everyone knows at the end of the story the ugly duckling becomes a beautiful swan. How fitting a choice of an animal. I don't want to get to metaphorical here but that's how it goes in life sometimes as well. Swans are mean Animals. Beautiful, yes, but mean. And while this story doesn't show any indication of the little duckling becoming a mean little puke, that to often happens with the human "ugly duckling." They are nobodies that transform I to somebody's, that become mean to others and forget what it feels like to be treated that way. I'm surprised I had so much to say off of this tiny little story, but it is ripe for interpretation. It's a good story with lots of meaning behind it. Give it a read, it won't take you long.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dannon Hewitt

    such a lovely book read it to my son tonight before bed.

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