Parents' Guide to

The Ugly Duckling

By Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids will sympathize with ugly duckling's plight.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Ugly Duckling Review

I think this is a great book for all children grades 3rd and up. I've always enjoyed this book because of the messages it has. It's a great example to kids to teach them that not everyone looks the same but that doesn't mean that you treat them different. We should be kind to everyone around us and treat them as equal.
age 4+

read it

I was that ugly duckling and at times still am but I love this story

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The author pays homage to Hans Christian Andersen's compassionate tale with this faithful adaptation, an ageless story that speaks across generations with its reaffirming message. In this age of instant gratification, Andersen's tale reminds readers that some things are worth waiting for and that a pleasure deferred (whether by choice or by necessity) is often the sweetest one of all.

Illustrator Jerry Pinkney's descriptive passages resonate with the splendor of nature's beauty. The glowing watercolors, filled with intricate details, make each blade of grass visible, and the delicately drawn, nearly transparent mosquitoes are as ethereal as they are in life. The subtle details incorporated into the scenes -- a frog catching a passing fly at the pond and a tiny mouse perched by a crate in the old woman's cottage -- will encourage children to take another look at this old and familiar story.

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