The Ugly Duckling contains the classic story of the ugly duckling who grows up to become a beautiful swan. It’s the version written by Broadway composer Frank Loesser, with adorable illustrations from Nathaniel Eckstrom and a CD featuring Justine Clarke on vocals.
Justine Clarke seems to divide people. For the record, I’m firmly in camp Justine-Clarke-is-BRILLIANT. Maybe even in camp Justine-Clarke-for-PM. I love her voice, I love that she remembers her audience and sings accordingly, and I love her expression when she performs. She just gets it.
The Ugly Duckling is a winner, and the CD has been played constantly in our house since the book arrived. (Well, since Christmas. With only days between the book’s arrival and Christmas, this may have been cheekily slipped into a stocking.)
This book has also prompted some interesting conversations with our four-and-a-half-year-old about why people are mean to other people. She wanted to know what would have happened if the ugly duckling hadn’t become a swan. What if it just stayed brown and ‘ugly’ forever? That would be okay, wouldn’t it? Why do people have to be mean?
Very interesting. There’s a complementary story idea in there. (I call dibs.)
Our almost-two-year-old enjoys the book too, and gives us some of his best waddle and quack work when we listen to the song. Highly recommended for readers, listeners, waddlers and quackers of all ages.
Have you read (and/or listened to) The Ugly Duckling? What did you think?
And thank you to Zanni of My Little Sunshine House for the book. This was not a sponsored post, nor was I asked to review the book. We just love it!
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