The Ugly Duckling: Jerry Pinkney


The Ugly Duckling 

Author/Illustrator: adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Year: 1999
Brief Summary: Jerry Pinkney adapts the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen, about an ugly duckling that turns into a beautiful swan.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • What is the moral of the story?
  • Do you sometimes judge someone by how they look?  How do you think that would make you feel, if someone did the same to you?  Discuss bullying and its effects, possibly working together with the school counselor.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • text-to-self connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Facts vs. fiction notes at the end of the book
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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