The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen Jerry Pinkney Online

The Ugly Duckling
Title : The Ugly Duckling
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ISBN : 9780688159320
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40

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, andFor 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.


The Ugly Duckling Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The ugly duckling‬, Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875)تاریخ نخستین خوانش این نسخه: ماه جولای سال 2005 میلادیعنوان: جوجه اردک زشت؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهرین؛ تصاویر بائو؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، خشایار، 1380، در 12 ص رنگی؛ شابک: 9644411021؛ چاپ دوم 1381، چاپ چهارم 1382، برای گروه سنی ب، موضوع د [...]

  • 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 immedia [...]

  • Huda Aweys

    It's a wonderful story about Self-acceptance,The Difference and how it does not necessarily mean a bad thing!بجد تحفة و في رأيي كبير او صغير قراها فهو هيستمتع جدا و هيستفاد كمان! :)

  • 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 [...]

  • Michelle

    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 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

  • 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 hatchingI 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 t [...]

  • Anastacia

    FantasticBeautifully 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.

  • Moujan Taghavi

    یادش بخیر داستانی که از حفظ من به برادرم میگفتم و برادرم به من :))

  • 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 [...]

  • monica ♪

    Free on 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.

  • 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 ; )

  • Archit Ojha

    A wonderful story of a duckling who faced discrimination just because of her appearance. An emotional and heart-touching story. Reading it in my school days, I remember shading a tear or two for this one.

  • John Yelverton

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

  • 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!

  • 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 new books wit [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • 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 rem [...]

  • Jack Groenheim

    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.

  • Kathryn

    I thought this was a nice version of the "Ugly Duckling" story with realistic but arts-y illustrations (the one on the cover is probably the cutest one, though!) A tad wordy at times, but creates a nice nature-focused feel. I've always been kind of on the fence with "The Ugly Duckling" tale, though, so perhaps a few of my lingering qualms prevented me from giving this more stars

  • Hassan Ali

    I read this story in my school in Montessori back in 1992 or 1993. One of the few writings that had a lasting impression on my mind. Hans Christian Andersen has magic in the words. Wherever i will go and whatever i will be "The Ugly Duckling" will always remain with me

  • Chinook

    Kait's bedtime story this evening. It's funny how you think you know the details to stories like this and them when reading them are surprised at how little you actually recall the story.

  • Taylor Knight

    What the heck, Hans Christian Andersen? That was so freakin' sad!

  • 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.

  • Tina ( As Told By Tina )

    I didn't care for this one.

  • Alison Waara

    The Ugly Duckling, written by Hans Christian Andersen, is a folktale that I have surprisingly never had the chance to read throughout my life. Although in elementary school, this book was referenced much and explained in my classes, I have never actually gone through and read the book. The lesson this book teaches to young children is incredibly vital, as it discusses that even if someone does not look like everyone else it does not discredit their abilities and what they can do. When the ugly d [...]

  • Jaycien Derrera

    The Ugly Duckling was a story about positive self-image and perception of others. This book can help teach children the value of being kind to their peers, and how to not only base their own value on what others feel about them. I would classify this book as a folktale. A folktale is defined as an “animal, fairy, or human tale passed down by word of mouth”(Tunnell). This type of story is not told in a factual way but still teaches a valuable lesson. I would use this story if I was having any [...]

  • Lör K.

    It's been a long time since I read The Ugly Duckling; I haven't read it in years since I was a small child. I found this illustrated version for free on the Kindle store and decided to grab it and revisit my childhood; plus, it's Hans Andersen who has always been a favourite of mine. I definitely got a lot more out of this book now I'm an adult, and was able to understand the message much more. It managed to sit with me a lot more now, understanding it so much better -- truly, the message is sim [...]