The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
(Caldecott Honor Book)

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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 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.

 

About Hans Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
 
Published March 18, 2011 by Ripple Digital Publishing. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Every page is spectacular—even the narrative pages have spot illustrations (large in this format) and background textures in green (which the text tells us is “good for the eyes”).

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The newly created art is bright and naturalistic, with sweet touches like bonnets for the mother ducks and—despite a reference to his “long naked neck”—a uniform covering of silky down on the gracefully posed new hatchling.

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Publishers Weekly

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Pinkney's (Rikki-Tikki-Tavi) supple, exquisitely detailed watercolors provide a handsome foil to his graceful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. This duckling is teased unmercifull

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Even in the worst of the cold ("Just thinking about winter was enough to make one feel frozen, and the poor duckling certainly had a very bad time of it"), Angaramo's duckling lifts his wings happily, a smile on his face.

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Isadora’s latest interpretation of a fairy tale remains mostly loyal to the story line, but its sensual, mosaiclike collages create depth and texture, evoking the essence of an African savanna.

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Crossley-Holland (Storm) and So (The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury) bring out all the luster of Andersen's classic tale in this beguiling book.

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Examiner

When it comes to teaching little ones about inner beauty, bullying, and the thrill of self-discovery, it’s hard to beat Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” It’s also hard to top this lovely production by the Hilberry Theatre, an adaptation of the classic story by Ric Averill, as its a...

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Common Sense Media

The subtle details incorporated into the scenes -- a frog catching a passing fly at the pond and a tiny mouse perched by a crate in the old woman's cottage -- will encourage children to take another look at this old and familiar story.

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Variety

(International sales: Stayer, Moscow.) Produced, directed, written by Garri Bardin, based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen.

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