The Ugly Duckling
Publisher: Lady Bird Books Ltd.
“The Ugly Duckling” is a popular fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The story follows the journey of a duckling who is ostracized by his family and other animals for being different. Despite his struggles, the duckling tries to fit in but is always met with rejection and mockery.
As the seasons change, the duckling grows more and more miserable until he finally flees into the wilderness, where he meets other creatures who are kind to him. Eventually, the duckling transforms into a beautiful swan, realizing that he was never an ugly duckling, but a swan all along.
The story has been interpreted as a metaphor for the journey of self-discovery and acceptance, highlighting the importance of embracing one’s uniqueness and finding acceptance within oneself. It is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers of all ages and cultures.