The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

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Overview

A gorgeous, Caldecott Honor-winning version of the classic story

For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers.

With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird—marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and cruel seasons—is an unforgettable survival story; this blooming into a graceful swan is a reminder of the patience often necessary to discover true happiness. Splendid watercolors set in the lush countryside bring the drama to life in this hardcover picture book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688159320
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/24/1999
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 84,025
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet best remembered for his fairy tales, both original and retold, including the beloved classics "Thumbelina," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Fir Tree," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Red Shoes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Snow Queen." 

Jerry Pinkney is the illustrator of more than a hundred books for children. A five-time winner of both the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award, he has been recognized with numerous other honors, taught illustration and conducted workshops at universities across the country, and created art for the United States Postal Service's Black Heritage stamps. Books Mr. Pinkney has illustrated include The Ugly Duckling, John Henry, The Nightingale, and Noah's Ark. The father of four grown children, he lives and works in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, in a nineteenth-century carriage house with his wife, author Gloria Jean.

In His Own Words...

"I grew up in a small house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was a middle child of six. I started drawing as far back as I can remember, at the age of four or five. My brothers drew, and I guess in a way I was mimicking them. I found I enjoyed the act of putting marks on paper. It gave me a way of creating my own space and quiet time, as well as a way of expressing myself. You can imagine six children competing for attention and to be heard. I would sit, watching and drawing.

"In first grade I had the opportunity to draw a large picture of a fire engine on the blackboard. I was complimented and encouraged to draw more. The attention felt good, and I wanted more. I was not a terrific reader or adept speller in my growing-up years, and I felt insecure in those areas. Drawing helped me build my self-esteem and feel good about myself, and, with hard work, I graduated from elementary school with honors.

"I attended an all-black elementary school, and I gained a strong sense of self and an appreciation of my own culture there. But Roosevelt Junior High was integrated. There I had many friends, both white and black, at a time when there was little mixing socially in school. There the spark for my curiosity about people was lit. You can see this interest and fascination with people of different cultures throughout my work.

"My formal art training started at Dobbins Vocational High School, and upon graduation I received a scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. My major was advertising and design. The most exciting classes for me were drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is no wonder I turned to illustrating and designing books. For me the book represents the ultimate in graphics: first, as a designer, considering space, page size, number of pages, and type size; then, as an illustrator, dealing with the aesthetics of line, color, and form.

"There were three books that somehow magically came into my possession in the early sixties: The Wind in the Wows, illustrated by Arthur Rackham; The Wonder Clock, illustrated by Howard Pyle; and Rain Makes Applesauce, illustrated by Marvin Bileck. You can see those influences in my art today. Later, my work was greatly influenced by such African American artists as Charles White, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence.

"From the very beginning of my career in illustrating books, research has been important. I do as much as possible on a given subject, so that I live the experience and have a vision of the people and places. To capture a sense of realism for characters in my work, I use models that resemble the people I want to portray. My wife, Gloria Jean (also an author), and I keep a closetful of old clothes to dress up the models, and I have the models act out the story. Photos are taken to aid me in better understanding body language and facial expressions. Once I have that photo in front of me I have freedom, because the more you know, the more you can be inventive.

"For illustrating stories about animals, I keep a large reference file of over a hundred books on nature and animals. The first step in envisioning a creature is for me to pretend to be that particular animal. I think about its size and the sounds it makes, how it moves (slowly or quickly), and where it lives. I try to capture the feeling of the creature, as well as its true-to-life characteristics. There are times when the stories call for the animals to be anthropomorphic, and I've used photographs of myself posing as the animal characters.

"It still amazes me how much the projects I have illustrated have given back to me in terms of personal and artistic satisfaction. They have given me the opportunity to use my imagination, to draw, to paint, to travel through the voices of the characters in the stories, and, above all else, to touch children."

Jerry Pinkney is the illustrator of more than a hundred books for children. A five-time winner of both the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award, he has been recognized with numerous other honors, taught illustration and conducted workshops at universities across the country, and created art for the United States Postal Service's Black Heritage stamps. Books Mr. Pinkney has illustrated include The Ugly Duckling, John Henry, The Nightingale, and Noah's Ark. The father of four grown children, he lives and works in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, in a nineteenth-century carriage house with his wife, author Gloria Jean.

In His Own Words...

"I grew up in a small house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was a middle child of six. I started drawing as far back as I can remember, at the age of four or five. My brothers drew, and I guess in a way I was mimicking them. I found I enjoyed the act of putting marks on paper. It gave me a way of creating my own space and quiet time, as well as a way of expressing myself. You can imagine six children competing for attention and to be heard. I would sit, watching and drawing.

"In first grade I had the opportunity to draw a large picture of a fire engine on the blackboard. I was complimented and encouraged to draw more. The attention felt good, and I wanted more. I was not a terrific reader or adept speller in my growing-up years, and I felt insecure in those areas. Drawing helped me build my self-esteem and feel good about myself, and, with hard work, I graduated from elementary school with honors.

"I attended an all-black elementary school, and I gained a strong sense of self and an appreciation of my own culture there. But Roosevelt Junior High was integrated. There I had many friends, both white and black, at a time when there was little mixing socially in school. There the spark for my curiosity about people was lit. You can see this interest and fascination with people of different cultures throughout my work.

"My formal art training started at Dobbins Vocational High School, and upon graduation I received a scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. My major was advertising and design. The most exciting classes for me were drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is no wonder I turned to illustrating and designing books. For me the book represents the ultimate in graphics: first, as a designer, considering space, page size, number of pages, and type size; then, as an illustrator, dealing with the aesthetics of line, color, and form.

"There were three books that somehow magically came into my possession in the early sixties: The Wind in the Wows, illustrated by Arthur Rackham; The Wonder Clock, illustrated by Howard Pyle; and Rain Makes Applesauce, illustrated by Marvin Bileck. You can see those influences in my art today. Later, my work was greatly influenced by such African American artists as Charles White, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence.

"From the very beginning of my career in illustrating books, research has been important. I do as much as possible on a given subject, so that I live the experience and have a vision of the people and places. To capture a sense of realism for characters in my work, I use models that resemble the people I want to portray. My wife, Gloria Jean (also an author), and I keep a closetful of old clothes to dress up the models, and I have the models act out the story. Photos are taken to aid me in better understanding body language and facial expressions. Once I have that photo in front of me I have freedom, because the more you know, the more you can be inventive.

"For illustrating stories about animals, I keep a large reference file of over a hundred books on nature and animals. The first step in envisioning a creature is for me to pretend to be that particular animal. I think about its size and the sounds it makes, how it moves (slowly or quickly), and where it lives. I try to capture the feeling of the creature, as well as its true-to-life characteristics. There are times when the stories call for the animals to be anthropomorphic, and I've used photographs of myself posing as the animal characters.

"It still amazes me how much the projects I have illustrated have given back to me in terms of personal and artistic satisfaction. They have given me the opportunity to use my imagination, to draw, to paint, to travel through the voices of the characters in the stories, and, above all else, to touch children."

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Ugly Duckling 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent version of the Ugly Duckling. The illustrations are wonderful and so lovely for little children to see the beauty of art in such a great story. People of all ages can relate to the story of the misfit in the group and you find yourself riding along with the main character as he tries to fit in and then tries to find who he is really is. This classic story is always a great story for kids and with the lovely illustrations it makes it fun to read again and again. I would recommend this book to all people who love to read with children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a story about a duck who actually isnt a duck its actually a swan who cant love that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the great lessons of all children's stories. Remember it fondly and hold it close to your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great story with good meaning behind it. 'Let me see the egg that won't hatch'. The ugly duckling was a late comer and not the prettiest thing either. He struggled all his life until one day when he realized that he could be a great duck. In the end he says, 'I never dreamed of so much happiness when I was the ugly duckling'. Anderson, Hans Christian. The Ugly Duckling. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m partial to any Hans Christian Anderson book. This is because when I was young I saw the movie of his life as portrayed by Danny Kaye and I fell in love with his story! Though I¿m not sure how factual the movie was, I¿m still intrigued by his literature. The Ugly Duckling is a timeless story of a young hatchling¿s journey from birth to adulthood. His life begins as an ugly, awkward duck that is taunted and teased by all those who see him even his own family turns against him and they peck and chase him out of their barnyard. The little duckling finds himself in strange surroundings, but tries to do his best with what he¿s got and to find his place in life. One day, he hears a flock of birds flying high and admires them from afar. ¿Oh, if only he could go with them! But what sort of a companion could he be to those beautiful beings?¿ After a terribly cold winter, you¿ll be delighted to see the discoveries that unfold for this strong-willed little duckling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment he hatched out of his egg, the little duckling knew he was different. Even his mother and his brothers and sisters thought he was strange. The other animals taunted him and bit him to the point where he just could not stand it anymore, so he left his mother to try to make it on his own. Out in the wild, the duckling faced even more challenges such as hunters and dogs. He began to think to himself, ¿I am too ugly even for a dog to eat.¿ The summer ended and winter was just around the corner, but still the duckling wondered, would he ever fit in anywhere? The Ugly Duckling is an extraordinary book for both children and adults of all ages. I remember reading this book as a young child and crying because it was so sad with a bright ending, and when I read it again now as an adult, I reacted to the book in the very same way. A lot of people can relate to this book if at sometime in their lives, they felt out of place (basically everyone will feel that way at sometime or another in their life) just as the duckling in the book did. This book teaches children that while not everybody is exactly the same, everyone is special in their own way. What¿s on the outside is not what matters it¿s what¿s on the inside that counts. Jerry Pinkney lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney. Jerry turned to art at an early age because his dyslexia made it very difficult to read. He graduated from Dobbins Vocational School with a concentration in commercial art and he received a full scholarship to attend the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (PCA). Jerry has been illustrating children¿s books since 1964, and to date, he has illustrated more than 75 books. Many of his books have won various awards including the Caldecott Honor Award. Pinkney, Jerry. The Ugly Duckling. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999. RL: Ages 5-8, Grades K-3
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ugly Duckling is a true Classic. A tale of how no matter what circumstances you were born in- how unlike the others you are, you can find true beauty when you find your place in the crowd. You will then find indeed true character and goodness within. This book is highly recommended.
MikeLaville More than 1 year ago
My favorite! Great pictures as well!
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is a retelling for picture book age children. The illustrations are superb and very appealing. I deducted one star because it does not have the original text, however this much shorter version will appeal to the age most likely to want to read the story. This would be a beautiful addition to any family's picture book collection. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story so much! It brings back such sweet memories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott: Throughout the book, The Ugly Duckling, I felt sorry for the duck. It was a sad situation because no one wanted to have anything to do with the duck. The mother duck would not even tell the others she thought he was a good looking duck. It was awful that no one really took up for him. Hans Christian Andersen was born in the slums of Odense. His father, Hans Andersen, was a poor shoemaker and literate, who believed he was of aristocratic origin. Andersen's mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter, worked as washerwoman. Although she was uneducated and superstitious, she opened for his son the world of folklore. Andersen received little education. As a child he was highly emotional, suffering all kinds of fears and humiliations because of his tallness and effeminate interests. Encouraged by his parents he composed his own fairy tales and arrange puppet theatre shows. His father loved literatuire and took Andersen often to the playhouse. The Ugly Duckling, is about a duck that when he was born he was different from his siblings and mom. Everyone thought he was so ugly and picked on him. So, he left home one night. He came across a lady and her cat and hen. He stayed with them awhile, but the cat and hen thought the duckling was useless. So, once again the duck left in search for a new place. The duck goes through a few more situations, but then finds others that he fits in with. ¿He may not be quite as handsome as the others,¿ his mother answered. The duckling¿s mother agrees with another duck that her son is not that good looking like the other ducks. Andersen, Hans Christian. The Ugly Duckling. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999. Grade Level: 4th
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent take on the classic children's story, and the pictures are amazing. Jerry Pinkney won a Caldecott Honor for his rendition of the Ugly Duckling. I love how the pictures span the whole page, but frame the text on one page to make it easier to read. The tale is truly a heartwarming story, and I would highly recommend this book for children, parents, and teachers alike.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a good story for illustrations
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover is different than the one that is displayed on library thing!This book was a story about a little duck that is born ugly and his family and friend ostracize him for his lack of beauty. Throughout the book the duckling is faces with the challenges of resentment and being picked on. Finally in the end he is reunited with a group of beautiful swans and then realizes that he has transformed into one of them The duckling learns the meaning of beauty and belonging. The illustration of the story is beautiful reflecting nature and animal life in a realistic way. Great story for young and old students as well as adults!
Kcarline143 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is about an ugly duckling that shows the importance of not judging others on what they look like. It's amazing how something the ugly duckling can turn out to be something so beautiful.The artwork is beautful in the book. This is a great book on teaching kids about not judging others on what they look like but what is on the inside. This is a wonderful story if two children in the classroom are not getting along because it can teach kindness.
silly_tine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This version of The Ugly Duckling is a great retelling of the classic story, with an enriched exploration of the Ugly Duckling's feelings and experiences. The illustrations are stunning. My three children, ages 3-5, are enthralled. And because of the nuance and complexity of the story, this will continue to be a family favorite for years to come.
ShutterBugSara.T on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another classic! This is a beautiful story that deals with self esteem issues and not fitting in. The photos in this story were beautiful and very detailed. I have always loved this story and even have an ugly duckling charm on my charm bracelet. Every child should read this story. This particular version was perfect for children with large font but not so simple that it might offend a bright child. I think every child who feels low about them selves should read this story!
cjfox73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The message of this story can't be beat, and the telling of it in this version is sweet and true. Illustrations are beautiful soft watercolors that caputre life on the water.
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is good for children because it shows that you don't have to be the most beautiful to be happy. Stay true to yourself and that's what true beauty it. What's inside. It helps kids know that they are special even if they aren't the best looking according to society.
McClendon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book would be better read to children in grades 1-3. It is about an "ugly duckling" that gets made fun of by the other little ducklings for being ugly. In the end however the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan. It shows that you can't "judge a book by it's cover."
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The classic story of the ugly duckling who is made fun of and neglected who grows up to become a beautiful swan. The story about growing up to become awesome and find out who you are, the story about not judging people or things prematurely. The graphics, though compelling, were not my style. I prefer a less watercolored and realistically muted look, personally. Its also hard to get too excited about a tale you've heard a million times before without much of a twist on it. This book is great for kids though because it teaches that things aren't always the way it seems and it shows that picking on people is wrong, also sometimes they grow up to be your boss! haha just kidding...
linnaea44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations and a great adaptation of the original. i enjoyed this more than the original. I liked the encounters with other animals and his jouney to find himself. I think we all think of this story when we look at pictures from our awkward years.This story was always an inspiration to me, knowing that one day we all blossom into someone beautiful and confident. This is a great story for children to read over and over again.
whitneyw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the story of the ugly duckling- turning into a beautiful swan, the duck learn true happiness and he learn to love himself.
MandaW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is just a classic. Good moral as well as a cute story. I have loved this book throughout my life and would love to someday share it with kids. 5 stars definitely!
tiburon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic fairy tale about the growth and development of a swan, and the adventures he goes through on his way to self-knowledge. Adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.