Each season brings a new obstacle for the unloved duckling—from summer on a farm where the other animals tease him to a cold, lonely winter on a frozen pond—but the duckling continues on his search for acceptance. At last spring arrives, and with it comes the duckling’s glorious discovery that he has grown into the most noble of creatures, a swan.
This child-friendly edition introduces the next generation of readers to the magic of Hans Christian Andersen.
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A timeless story deftly retold, this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling shines under the storytelling skills of Carnegie-winner Kevin Crossley-Holland (The Seeing Stone) and the playful watercolors of Meilo So (The 20th-Century Children's Poetry Treasury).
This all-star pair of Brits captures the personality of the poor persecuted duckling perfectly, as he's shunned by his fellow farm animals, his family, and even by a hunting party: "'Mercy!' cheeped the little duckling. 'I'm so ugly not even the dog wants me.'" He then begins a year-long journey through an inhospitable world, further rejected by an old woman and her cruel cat and hen ("'Can't you lay eggs?' asked the hen. 'No,' said the duckling. 'Shut up, then!'").
The beauty of So's delicate strokes only grows as the story reaches its time-honored climax, the reunion of the "duckling" with a flock of regal swans. And just as Andersen's story is likely semiautobiographical, more than a few kids (and grownups, too) will be particularly pleased when our handsome hero finds his home. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul HughesAbout the Author:
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) wrote many semi-autobiographical tales, including “The Ugly Duckling.”
Kevin Crossley-Holland is widely acclaimed for his retellings of myths and legends.
Meilo So’s watercolor paintings in four previous Knopf books have received unanimous praise.
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Descripción Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1st Borzoi Books ed. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0375813195
Descripción Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110375813195
Descripción Knopf Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0375813195 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1927467