Ugly Duckling – Level 4 brings the classic and popular tale of The Ugly Duckling originally written by a Danish author Hans Andersen, published in 1843 retold through simple text and vivid illustrations.
Ugly Duckling is a part of the Usborne First Reading Series and is a storybook written especially for children who are learning to read. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Principal Lecturer in Education and Reading Specialist at the University of Roehampton, UK.
A mother duck gives birth to a bunch of adorable, yellow ducklings that are very beautiful-all but one, who’s very gray, very large, and very ugly. The poor duckling is constantly teased and taunted by his family. So, he leaves his home and wanders off alone. He’s faced with endless ridicule wherever he goes but his triumph over all the hardships and suffering gives way to an ultimate victory in his life.
This popular tale of conquest over the image-conscious world is especially relevant in the modern age where children are hammered with notions through multiple media that implies beautiful=good and ugly=bad.
Ugly Duckling storybook is a perfect book for young children to read who are at beginner’s level with its simple sentences to promote interest in the literature and eye-catching, vivid illustrations to keep the little ones interested and engaged. Most importantly, it also teaches a very important life lesson in light and effortless way that’ll go a long way!