Ugly Duckling

Ugly Duckling

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By (author) Hans Christian Andersen, By (author) Bernadette Watts

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  • Publisher: North-South Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 282mm x 6mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0735821461
  • ISBN 13: 9780735821460
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: col
  • Sales rank: 97,628

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A poor duckling is very despondent because his feathers are rather dull and he feels ridiculed and rejected by all. One day he realises that he is in fact a swan. What could be more beautiful than that?

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Editorial reviews

A gentler, milder version of Andersen's classic tale of the misunderstood cygnet, inexplicably despised for his comparatively large size and definite lack of yellow but not for any real ugliness. Vainio reveals through delicate watercolors the whitish-gray fluff of a charming, tender baby desperately alone in a soft, beautiful world. Though the illustrations are lovely, they lack power. In every situation where the innocent swan is abused and finds no respite from hatred, the art handles this horror too gently. His reactions to rejection and verbal abuse are revealed in the illustrations, with a slight incline of his head showing his dejection. He is also unnaturally slow in growing, remaining a fuzzy baby over the course of months and then suddenly growing to adulthood in a page turn - a problem inherent in most illustrated versions of the tale. The unnamed translator has edited out the most violent verbal and physical abuse found in the original, making a place for it in collections for younger picture-book readers yet losing the story's raw spark. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6) (Kirkus Reviews)