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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 (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,912 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 Five Stars Oct. 2 2014
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One of my favorite childhood stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ugly Duckling Jan. 2 2012
By David Roderick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
9 of 11 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 Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ugly Duckling Feb. 20 2014
By Marsha H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have "never" read such a cruel version of The Ugly Duckling. Not only did he receive over the top abuse, the writer had to include the sportsmen out on the moor shooting wild geese and causing the water to be tinged with blood. REALLY...this is a children's book?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT for young children Dec 25 2013
By Stephen M. Charme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book for free--and after perusing it promptly deleted it. No way would this work for my 3 year old granddaughter. Here's why:

1. This is 99% text, and the few illustrations that do exist are miniscule. It's a joke to call this "illustrated."

2. The text is often boring and way over the head of a young child: "It would be very sad, were I to relate all the misery and privations the poor little duckling endured during the hard winter..." Or how about this: "He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better the pleasure and happiness around him..."

3. There is also too much emphasis on beating and killing. How about this passage: "I will fly to those royal birds," he exclaimed, "and they will kill me, because I am so ugly, and dare to approach them. It does not matter. Better to be killed by them than pecked by the ducks, beaten by the hens, pushed by the maiden who feeds the poultry, or starved with hunger in the winter."

4. While this may be the original story, I remember as a child reading a version devoid of all the gore in this story, and certainly never read anything like: "Kill me, said the poor bird; and he bent his head down to the surface of the water and awaited death."

Bottom line: This is absolutely NOT suitable for young children (ages 2-5). In fact I don't think it works for older children either because while the text may not frighten them, I think it will bore them.

I just ordered Children's Classic Fairy Tales: The Ugly Duckling, which I was able to preview part of before ordering. The preview had nice illustrations and text appropriate for my granddaughter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hi what the check Jan. 14 2014
By Jessie Shaffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
it is just bad one of the weirdest books I've ever read I do not recommend this to anyone thanks
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