Sunday 8 May 2016

Picture Book Review: The Ugly Duckling By Mara Alperin and Sue Eastland

It was a sunny spring morning in the farmyard. Mother Duck sat proudly on her nest.
"Come quickly!" she called to the other animals. "My eggs are beginning to hatch!" 
Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack!
Out tumbled four perfect little ducklings. They were soft and fluffy and yellow.
"Aren't they just the sweetest ducklings ever!" oinked the pig.

Summary From Little Tiger Press
When Mother Duck's eggs hatch, one little duckling is wibbly and wobbly… and very ugly! And no matter how hard he tries to fit in, the other animals just laugh at him. Will the ugly duckling ever find a friend?

My First Fairy Tales are a magical introduction to the well-loved stories that are a key part of every childhood. With fresh and fun illustrations, these simple re-tellings of classic fairy tales make a perfect read for young and old alike!

This is a retelling of the classic Ugly Duckling story and is one of a series of 'My First Fairy Tales' books. It's nicely written and the story has been expanded imaginatively to make it feel more rounded. There's even an explanation for why the ugly duckling finds himself alone in the winter. 
The illustrations are colourful and there are lots of little added details which give plenty to talk about with young children. The story itself gives an opportunity to talk about being kind to others and about not judging people on their appearances, too, which are important lessons for children to learn. So it's a good story with bright illustrations and a strong moral. What's not to like?!

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