THE UGLY DUCKLING by Jerry Pinkney

THE UGLY DUCKLING

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Age Range: 3 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Outstanding illustrations and some new characters make Pinkney’s retelling of a familiar tale memorable. This time around, there’s an old woman who befriends the duck for its egg-laying potential, a hunting dog that happens upon the duck, a man who pulls the duck out of a frozen river and provides warmth and shelter, and children who comment on the once-ugly duckling’s arrival at a pond, saying it is the finest of the flock. As in the original, suffering and loneliness are appeased, and the enduring lessons are reaffirmed: suffering may be necessary for growth and happiness, and loneliness may be overcome. A spirited, artistic adaptation, and a welcome addition to the shelves. (Picture book/folklore. 3-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-688-15932-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1999




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