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The Ugly Duckling

Andersen, Hans Christian

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ISBN 10: 193332709X / ISBN 13: 9781933327099
Published by Purple Bear Books, 2006
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Title: The Ugly Duckling

Publisher: Purple Bear Books

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Good

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A mother duck hatches a brood of ducklings. All are sweet little yellow babies — all but one, who is very large, very gray, and very ugly. The poor ugly duckling is teased and tormented by everyone he meets, even his own mother, brothers, and sisters. Driven from his home in the barnyard, the unhappy duckling wanders the world alone, suffering hardships, cruelty, and ridicule wherever he goes. This exquisite tale of rejection and redemption has been a favorite with children since its first publication in 1845. The hapless duck’s plight, and his ultimate triumph, is especially relevant in today’s image-conscious world.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 4–This adaptation of an Andersen favorite is faithful to the details and weight of the familiar story but has a bit less verbosity. The deft paintings, filling single pages and sometimes spread across two pages, are sunny and comic. As in other picture-book renditions, the extra-large hatchling–with his pale gray down, big feet, and winning smile–is not really ugly, just different from others in the barnyard. The various birds are colorfully feathered with graceful, elongated necks. Robert Ingpens handsome version (Minedition, 2005) richly expresses the darker side of the tale but is wordier at the outset. Jerry Pinkneys rendition (Morrow, 1999) is livelier in both words and pictures. If you have room for one more, Angaramos interpretation is competent and attractive.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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