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The Ugly Duckling

The classic story by Hans Christian Andersen

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


A classic story by Hans Christian Andersen in its original text presented with modern illustrations.

The story of how a little bird endures the abuses and miseries as he was growing up not realizing he would mature into a beautiful swan. It's a great tale about personal transformation for the better.

From Publishers Weekly

May 18, 2009 – 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. The large and clumsy duckling, black and gray to the other ducklings bright yellow, is ostracized by the other animals on the farm. But when a kind farmer takes him in, he lives with the farmer s family over the winter. In the spring, he emerges as a lovely swan with inky, blue plumage. A stirring adaptation. Ages 5 8.

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Classic book!



The Ugly Duckling

This story starts with thisYoung duckling ( actually a swan), who is born in a duck nest. First all the other ducks were born but he was left. His mother waited and waited for him to get cracking. When his shell cracked at last. But he didn't get a good welcome in this world. His brothers and sisters pecked him and bullied him. And his mom never wanted him to get born. He went away weeping all because of his ugliness. He walks around muttering to himself why I was born. And then Fall suddenly came. He tried to swim in a pool but the ice was frozen to solid. He saw some swans getting ready to lift-off and go south. He waited till spring when the swans came back. He said, "those beautiful things will kill me". He went to them the swans looked at him. The swans loved him at first sight. The little swans said he was the most beautiful swan in the world. The old swans bowed down to him. And there little swans told their mother and father that a new swan came. They swam around him curling there neck around him. The swan never thought that this would happen. I recommend this book because you could make your own movie inside your head. And you could feel very sad about him.

The Ugly Duckling
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Mar 08, 2011
  • Publisher: Ripple Digital Publishing
  • Print Length: 20 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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