Have you ever felt different from those around you? The Ugly Duckling sure did. All of his brothers and sisters were beautiful, graceful, and strong, but he felt different and awkward. Over time, the Ugly Duckling learned to stay calm and to believe in himself despite being teased by others. Eventually, his patience paid off, and be grew to be content with who he was -- and bloomed into a handsome swan.
About the Author
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a prolific Danish author and poet best known for his fairy tales. His stories have crossed all limitations of time and space, having been translated into more than 125 languages,and have become an integral part of children’s literature worldwide. A master of the genre, his stories present lessons and entertainment for readers of all ages.