The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling is a classic book written by Hans Christian Anderson. It is said to be perfect for children in grades one through five. I think its message is appropriate for any age, but you’d probably have to trick a teen into reading it to a younger child if you wanted them to benefit from the book.

In the story of the Ugly Duckling, a young duck is rejected by his family. Throughout the book the duckling is treated badly, made fun of, and told he didn’t have what it takes. In the end the duckling realizes his worth. Children need this message in today’s day and age where other kids can be so cruel. It is important that parents help their children see that being unique is a blessing, and that everyone has value. Beauty is only skin deep.

Children will also learn that they can handle situations that may seem impossible at first. This is definitely a lesson I want to instill in my children. Giving up should never be an option.

Fortunately, you can get a free copy of the Ugly Duckling from iTunes. You’ll need to have the free iBooks app in order to get it. The illustrations will be slightly different than the ones that come in the book, but you can always borrow the book from the library if you decide you like those illustrations better.

I don’t know how long The Ugly Duckling will be available free of charge, so you may want to go download it to your media device so that you have it ready to view in the future.