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The ugly duckling
Watts, Bernadette.
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Publication Information:
New York : North South Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.

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Central Library X Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
East Aurora Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales

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Ever since its publication in 1845, Hans Christian Andersen's ""The Ugly Duckling has been a favorite with generations of children around the world. Today's youngsters will be equally moved by the hapless ugly duckling, who, ridiculed and rejected by all, suffers terrible hardships. And they will celebrate along with him when he finally emerges triumphant as the most beautiful swan of all!Bernadette Watts's detailed illustrations chronicle the bittersweet story with charm and poignancy.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. Bell's smoothly translated text fills the left-hand pages of this book, with full-color washes by Marks on the right. His illustrations have an earthy quality, with ruddy colors and bold action that differ from Troy Howell's more polished version [BKL Mr 1 90]. The art that best captures this duckling's ordeals graces the title page; unfortunately, a few of the pictures outlined in orange appear unfinished in comparison. An acceptable purchase for those libraries needing another copy of this popular staple. --Kathryn LaBarbera

Publisher's Weekly Review

If ever an artist dove straight to the heart of a familiar and much-loved fairy tale, Howell has done so in this atmospheric retelling of the classic tale of the downtrodden ``duckling'' who discovers he's actually a swan. This accomplished artist's light-dappled paintings have a dreamy air, as if a long summer afternoon had somehow been captured between the covers of a book. There is no anthropomorphizing here: Howell is obviously familiar with barnyard animals and his paintings are firmly rooted in the peasant tradition from which many good folktales spring. The colors are of the rich earth as well--the browns and russets of stone farmhouses in the afternoon sun, the muted shades of autumn. Howell's particular gift, however, is his use of light. Some of the images seem almost illuminated from within, as when the cygnet watches a flock of swans cross a Turneresque sky. For its art and language alike, this glorious work is a worthy addition to any folk- and fairy tale bookshelf. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3 --This version of the familiar tale emphasizes the suffering of the duckling whose only misfortune is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The duckling is depicted in both text and art as ugly, and readers do not see his beauty until the last four pages. The translation also includes elements not found in other books; for instance, a stork chattering in Egyptian and the duckling's wreaking havoc in a farmer's kitchen. The illustrations are done in misty watercolors--mostly in blue or green tones--and do not clarify the text. They are often viewed at various angles, at duck's-eye level or from a sky view, and although artistically interesting, children might find them confusing. One scene depicts a hunting dog in blood-colored water with a dead goose and two blood-spattered geese flying overhead against a red sky. Below, four hunters stare out of the marsh and trees, guns poised. This is not to say that it is a morbid version, only that hardship, pain, and suffering are brought to the forefront. The Ugly Duckling (Knopf, 1986), illustrated by Robert Van Nutt, has clearer illustrations with more child appeal and a smoother writing style. --Regina Pauly, Burlington County Lib . , Mt. Holly, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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