Ugly by Donna Jo Napoli

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Ugly just isn't like the other ducklings in the clutch. Whether he's stretching his long neck to feed on the succulent grasses at the bottom of the pond (and making a mess of it too!), climbing onto his mother's back whenever he's afraid, or nipping sharply at those who threaten him, Ugly's behavior is distinctly unducklike. When all the other birds of Dove Lake turn against him, Ugly's mother has no choice but to protect her family and leave her darling genius behind.
 

About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. She has earned three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Italian Literature, and a Ph.D. in General and Romance Linguistics. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. She teaches linguistics and was chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College. She is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes. Napoli was introduced to Dutton by Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim. In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997. Napoli has also won a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books for her novel Zel. Napoli's Stones in Water won the Golden Kite Award in 1997. She has written many young adult novels including The Wager in 2010. Lita Judge was born in Alaska and spent much of her childhood in the north woods of Wisconsin and other wintry places. Lita is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books, including Red Hat", Red Sled", One Thousand Tracings", and Pennies for Elephants". She lives with her husband in New Hampshire, and you can visit her online at LitaJudge.com.
 
Published January 1, 2006 by Disney-Hyperion. 192 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Ugly finally discovers that he is a swan, and not at all ugly, readers will have learned a great deal about various Tasmanian wildlife.

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In the tradition of her The Prince of the Pond and The Magic Circle , Napoli here retells Hans Christian Andersen's <EMPHA

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In the tradition of her The Prince of the Pond and The Magic Circle , Napoli here retells Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling , but with an educational bent that at times overwhelms the story.

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So, sadly, that is what Ugly sets out to do, make a friend.Napoli warmly embraces the wildlife of Tasmania through the eyes and beak of Ugly.

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Donna Jo Napoli, an author long admired for her fairy tale retellings (Zel, Beast, Bound and The Prince of the Pond), explores the famous Hans Christian Andersen story of The Ugly Duckling in a new version set in Tasmania.

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So, sadly, that is what Ugly sets out to do, make a friend.Napoli warmly embraces the wildlife of Tasmania through the eyes and beak of Ugly.

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As you might have guessed from the title and cover, UGLY is the ugly duckling story revisited but with a Tasmanian twist.

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