THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen

THE UGLY DUCKLING

by , translated by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Set in handsome format with dramatic woodcuts enhanced with watercolors in muted hues, a ``retelling'' that frequently echoes the well-regarded Keigwin translation. The original's principal events and characters are intact and somewhat more accessible with the help of some succinct, energetic passages to boost comprehension (`` `He's enormous,' she thought. `Better go swimming tomorrow. Then we'll find out if he's a turkey.' ''). By phrasing the tale as verse, Mitchell gives it an open look that may nudge readers into perceiving Andersen's meditative cadence. Not essential, but not a travesty; the appeal of the elegant illustrations is a good match for a text which, even though abridged, preserves Andersen's inimitable flavor. (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: May 31st, 1994
ISBN: 1-56458-557-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: DK Publishing
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1994




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