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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 ridicul 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—as are all the tales in this treasury of classics.


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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 ridicul 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—as are all the tales in this treasury of classics.

30 review for The Ugly Duckling and Other Stories, with eBook

  1. 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 of world around him and sees 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

  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 success. The first e(“Den 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

    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.

  4. 4 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 school supplies, c 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 5 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 b 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.

  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. 5 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. 🤓

  9. 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 char 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.

  10. 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 sw 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.

  11. 4 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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Ellice

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

  13. 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anastacia

    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.

  15. 4 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 Andersen, with its many harsh 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.

  16. 5 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 ; )

  17. 5 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

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

  20. 4 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 he 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. . . .

  21. 5 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 5 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.

  24. 5 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 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dannon Hewitt

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

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson is one of the oldest traditional stories out there. This story has been around for a very long time and is still told to this day. The Ugly Duckling is about a little duck that was born looking differently than his other brothers and sisters. He not only felt like an outcast but he was teased and bullied by many. He endures lots of ridicule and listens to lots of negative comments about his appearance. As the story goes on and as the Duck grows older, The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson is one of the oldest traditional stories out there. This story has been around for a very long time and is still told to this day. The Ugly Duckling is about a little duck that was born looking differently than his other brothers and sisters. He not only felt like an outcast but he was teased and bullied by many. He endures lots of ridicule and listens to lots of negative comments about his appearance. As the story goes on and as the Duck grows older, he eventually turns into a beautiful swan. Not only does he feel beautiful but all his peers also think he is beautiful. Their perception of him dramatically changes and he is soon loved by many. This story is a great story about the teasing and bullying that lots of kids go through in school just because they are different than others. I think its an important lesson to be taught and this story is a good example of that lesson. I think this particular version was a little long and wordy for younger students and the illustrations were decent, but overall I would recommend this story to be read to students. The illustrations are quite detailed but there are a lot of words on certain pages which may be a little much for younger readers. Great story overall!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Clare Browne

    For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favourite for over one hundred years. ‘I am too ugly even for a dog to eat,' the duckling thought. This poignant tale is a timeless classic that all children will empathise and identify with on some level. This story is an ageless story that speaks across generations with its reaffirming message. The journey of the ‘ugly duckling’ - is an unforgettable survival story. By our duckling blooming into a graceful swan it is a reminder For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favourite for over one hundred years. ‘I am too ugly even for a dog to eat,' the duckling thought. This poignant tale is a timeless classic that all children will empathise and identify with on some level. This story is an ageless story that speaks across generations with its reaffirming message. The journey of the ‘ugly duckling’ - is an unforgettable survival story. By our duckling blooming into a graceful swan it is a reminder that often patience is necessary to discover true happiness. This story has a great many uses in the classroom; ‘The Ugly Duckling’ can be used to remind children of the journey they themselves are on. Like the duckling, they are not automatically perfect but with patience and hard work they can achieve and improve their own work. This tale can be used to combat frustration. This old and familiar story can also be used as a open to discuss the difficulties of being ‘different’ and how do the children in the class treat those who are deemed to be ‘different’. There are many meanings within this text which have the potential to be developed further.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Loren Johnson

    This is, in all honesty, one of the greatest parables ever told. As with all Andersen tales, there is packed into this beautiful little story a deep theme. The moral here is one of the oldest and truest morals we learn as humans, something people even in today’s times seem to struggle to grasp: Never judge a book by it’s cover. A person, and indeed a creature of any sort should be judged by the content of their character, not by how beautiful they are externally. In the end, we’re all human and we’re al This is, in all honesty, one of the greatest parables ever told. As with all Andersen tales, there is packed into this beautiful little story a deep theme. The moral here is one of the oldest and truest morals we learn as humans, something people even in today’s times seem to struggle to grasp: Never judge a book by it’s cover. A person, and indeed a creature of any sort should be judged by the content of their character, not by how beautiful they are externally. In the end, we’re all human and we’re all beautiful. This is a perfect story. I’ve read it so many times at different points in my life and I love it as much now as I always have. Its timeless qualities help set it apart, and I will continue rereading it and sharing it, because it’s message is important - plus, it’s just a gorgeous little story, all philosophising aside. I mean, who doesn’t love baby animals?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dorine

    I've had this one since 2012 and never read it that I remember until now. It has some bright, colorful and simple illustrations. It's about the right age group for my 8 and 9 year-old granddaughters, but I think some of the old-fashioned language might be boring for them. I had forgotten that it's a book filled with much cruelty and sadness for The Ugly Duckling before he finds his way. If the grands want to read it, I'll let them, but it's not one I'll encourage. There are too many n I've had this one since 2012 and never read it that I remember until now. It has some bright, colorful and simple illustrations. It's about the right age group for my 8 and 9 year-old granddaughters, but I think some of the old-fashioned language might be boring for them. I had forgotten that it's a book filled with much cruelty and sadness for The Ugly Duckling before he finds his way. If the grands want to read it, I'll let them, but it's not one I'll encourage. There are too many new books with the same message that might be more appealing. Even with that in mind, it stands pretty well for today's readers, having been written originally in 1844. Personally, I love reading the classics to see where we began with lessons in children's stories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jack Groenheim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I am all for a good fairytale, and this is definitely one of the most famous stories of all time however I have a small issue with the ending. I dislike when the "ugly duckling" realizes he isn't a duck but a swan, because it sends a message that all ducks are ugly. However the intention of the story is focused around inclusion, and making sure you dont judge people based on what they look like.

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