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The Ugly Duckling (Illustrated)
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The Ugly Duckling (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Hans Christian Andersen , Ripple Digital Publishing
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A classic story by Hans Christian Andersen presented with modern illustrations. The story of how a little bird endures the abuses and miseries as he was growing up not realizing he would mature into a beautiful swan. It’s a great tale about personal transformation for the better.

"It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye."
– Antonie De Sainte Exupery

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Ripple Digital Publishing; 1 edition (March 18 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SUP1XO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,892 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic children's story Jan. 9 2014
By stony
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hans Christian Anderson's story of the Ugly Duckling will forever be a favourite of mine. Love reading this story to the young ones!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ugly Duckling Jan. 2 2012
By David Roderick - Published on
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With my grandchildren in mind, I recently searched for free Kindle books with illustrations that would be appropriate for different young age groups. Wow! In no time at all I found the story by Hans Christian Anderson of "The Ugly Duckling". What a treasure! And...the free Kindle Fire edition is outstanding. Well formatted with many colorful illustrations. I loved the story (even at 75 years old) and knew that it would be perfect for our grandchildren in the range of 5-8 years old. Or, maybe until 100. I read it once again and marvelled at its universality. This is a winner and I give it five stars!!! Outstanding job Graphic Spin and Amazon!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, not to crazy about the illustrations or text March 8 2013
By Talo - Published on
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Just what the title says.. I thought that there was a lot of text compared to the number of illustrations in this book. Younger kids may get bored if story are too wordy. Also some of the translations came across as being kind of harsh. Perhaps in the original German( ?) it just translates differently but I really do not want to read to my kid a line like " Please Kill me said the ugly Duckling".
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very often I HATE a kids book Dec 13 2012
By Ionia Martin - Published on
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I really did not think this book was appropriate for kids. Looking at the cover and reading the description, I expected this book to follow the path of the original. I thought the pictures would be updated but didn't expect that much change anywhere else in the story. This book is filled with a mega-dose of reality when it comes to how cruel others can be. If I read this entire thing to my kids they would have died of boredom or possibly run from the room in tears. I would love to say there was something I liked about this book, but that just wouldn't be true. I can't recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is the only thing that matters, what a terrible message for kids March 23 2014
By Stephanie V - Published on
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My 6-year-old son picked this book based on the cover illustration, which appears quite bright and cheery. But I must not have remembered the ugly duckling story very well, because this book is anything but. It's dark, depressing, and sends a terrible message to kids that if you're ugly, you're worthless. Throughout the book, the duckling is repeatedly called ugly by every creature and person he encounters. He is shunned, beaten, and threatened with death. By EVERYONE. He lives a life of misery, solely because he is so "ugly." The duckling is only redeemed in the end because he becomes beautiful when he grows into a swan. What a terrible, terrible message to send to kids, and it's imparted in very harsh language that I had to edit heavily when reading it out loud to my son. There are also very few illustrations in this book, so it wasn't even visually appealing. And the translation is awkward, at best. I could not recommend this on any level, to anyone looking for a good book to read to their kids. Or to read themselves, for that matter.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for Little Kids... Not Sure what an Appropriate Age Group Would Be?? Feb. 25 2014
By Marie - Published on
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From the title and the cover illustration you might think that this is a story you could read to your little children, say toddler through early elementary school... it's not.

(massive spoilers ahead)

It's 95% text (which is fine, though that in itself already makes it much harder for little kids/toddlers to appreciate), but also, the text and story line are both... very difficult for children.

Like many people, I was familiar with the general Ugly Duckling story... but I hadn't ever (like now) read through the full translation. What you find is a world where only outward appearances matter. Everyone is not only mean, but downright cruel to the a bird because it is deemed ugly, and thus unworthy.

I always knew this was the main theme... I just didn't expect it to be hammered in quite so thoroughly within a book classified as a children's book.

The drawings are fine, neither terrible nor great... but the actions of the animals are cruel, and our protagonist at one point (near the very end of the story) actually wants to die. When he sees a group of swans nearby, he doesn't think he's one of them, he thinks that they will be the one to finally put him out of his misery, to kill him since he'd prefer a quick death to being an ugly bird who is treated cruelly, starved, etc.

First... is that the message you want to give to your children? That if they're not beautiful they won't be loved? And second, at what age group would it be appropriate to have a tale about a bird who wishes for death because he can't stand being ugly (and thus despised)?

It's not often I dislike a children's book this much... but this is far more appropriately marketed for adults interested in reading a translation of the original than for children.
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