The Ugly Duckling (Storytime Lap Books)

The Ugly Duckling (Storytime Lap Books)
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July 16, 2019
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This favorite fairy tale is perfect for parents looking for children's classics to read with their little one.

Teased by his siblings for his different looks, the brave cygnet journeys into the world, looking for friendship and kindness.

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's original story, this is the story of how one little duckling overcomes obstacles and challenges, and with patience and determination, finally finds the companionship for which he has been searching.

The charming illustrations by Giuseppe di Lernia in this picture book are sure to capture the imaginations of little ones, and the large format of this book is ideal for sharing with children aged 3 to 5 and reading together at bedtime.

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beautifully illustrated classic fairy tale
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THE UGLY DUCKLING is a lovely new book that features this classic tale. The book features the story in simple language with lovely full page images and lots of animals. Staying close to the original, this is a great way to share this fairy tale with your toddler/preschooler.

A mother duck is sitting on her eggs and most of them hatch to reveal yellow ducklings. The last egg takes longer to hatch, and when it does, it is a fluffy duckling who cannot quack. The other ducklings laugh at him, and the farm animals reject him. The ugly duckling travels away where he faces new challenges and dangerous weather. After he survives the cold winter, he approaches some beautiful white birds- and finds that he is one too! The ugly duckling has found his place as a beautiful swan.

This oversized board book is great for reading aloud to little ones with large, clear font that is easy to see from reading distance. The full-size, colorful images will easily appeal to the young audience who will also be enchanted by the many animals the duckling comes across. The illustrations are really lovely and give young readers many things to look at and enjoy on each page. The book contains a balanced amount of dialogue which is also fun for young readers.

A great way to bring the treasured classic to the next generation, this lovely book is a joy to share with toddlers and preschoolers who will delight in the ugly duckling's journey to becoming a swan. The book is also a great way to start conversations about being kind to others and being different. Highly recommend for parents who like reading aloud to young children.
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