U is for Ugly Duckling

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Illustration by T. van Hoytema. Amsterdam, 1893

Illustration by T. van Hoytema. Amsterdam, 1893

 

The Ugly Duckling may be the most imitated literary folktale on earth! How many children’s books tell of an ugly or clumsy outcast finding his or her reward at last, becoming loved, appreciated, even envied? The short-necked giraffe, the swallow who couldn’t fly, the too-fast turtle, . . . all will surely blossom and find their place in the world, and those who judged them early may be shamed–which Andersen did not deign to do.

Without the consummate writing skills of a prose master such as Andersen, most fall by the wayside. But, never fear! More are on the way!

Beautify your shelves with the Ugly Duckling!

Andersen, Hans Christian, The Ugly Duckling, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Scholastic, 2000.

Andersen, Hans Christian, El Patito Feo, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Scholastic, Rayo, 2007.

Andersen, Hans Christian, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, translated and with an introduction by Maria Tatar, with contributing text by Julie Allen. W.W. Norton & Company, 2007.

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