The Ugly Duckling

Title: The Ugly Duckling


Bibliography: Pinkney, J. (1999). The Ugly Duckling. New York: Morrow Junior Books.


Annotation: Jerry Pinkney retells the classic tale of the ugly duckling in an eloquent manner and filling the pages with majestic color. The mother duck notices that one of her eggs is a bit larger and oddly shaped compared to the rest of her eggs but she paid no mind to it until it hatched, the duckling was not yellow and brown like its siblings but rather white and much larger. Despite the encouragement the duckling received from its mother, it could not help but droop its head in sorrow until he is eagerly accepted by those just like him, the ugly duckling transformed into a beautiful swan and was accepted by all.


Genre: Folklore


Grade Level: 2-4


Readers who will like this book: readers who enjoy stories that include determination, triumph and ultimately a happy ending will thoroughly enjoy this account of the ugly duckling’s journey into a beautiful swan.


Personal Response and rating: 5; an instant favorite of mine from my childhood, this version proves to evoke the same such feelings. The detailed illustrations accompany the text perfectly.


Question: Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?