The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

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Each season brings a new obstacle for the unloved duckling—from summer on a farm where the other animals tease him to a cold, lonely winter on a frozen pond—but the duckling continues on his search for acceptance. At last spring arrives, and with it comes the duckling’s glorious discovery that he has grown into the most noble of creatures, a swan.

This child-friendly edition introduces the next generation of readers to the magic of Hans Christian Andersen.
 

About Hans Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) wrote many semi-autobiographical tales, including “The Ugly Duckling.”Kevin Crossley-Holland is widely acclaimed for his retellings of myths and legends.Meilo So's watercolor paintings in four previous Knopf books have received unanimous praise.
 
Published October 9, 2001 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Two more entries in Knopf's series of book-cassette packages of well-known stories read by famous performersThese are apparently spinoffs of video versions, not seen;

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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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Menus accessible from the title page and every subsequent screen allow the verses to be displayed or removed at will, an audio narration or a self-recorded one to run as an alternative to silent reading, quick skipping via a strip of thumbnail page images and a full auto option for passive or gro...

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A stripped-down version of the classic tale that is all about its gimmick: An action is required on each screen in order to advance to the next.

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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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Crossley-Holland (Storm) and So (The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury) bring out all the luster of Andersen's cl

Jul 16 2001 | Read Full Review of The Ugly Duckling

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After the title ugly duckling emerges, even his mother admits “he's not quite the right shape,” and finally says, “I wish you were far, far away.” Fainthearted readers may pale at the ceaseless hazing and at a scene where two rude geese get shot by hunters (in Andersen, the scene is bloodier).

Jan 21 2008 | Read Full Review of The Ugly Duckling

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

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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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Crossley-Holland (Storm) and So (The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury) bring out all the luster of Andersen's cl

Jul 16 2001 | Read Full Review of The Ugly Duckling

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.

Jan 01 1999 | Read Full Review of The Ugly Duckling

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