Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Ugly Duckling

You know the tragic story: an egg is separated from its mother.  It's eagerly adopted, hatched, and comforted by a mother duck who fiercely protects it against the tauntings of others.  However, eventually the duckling is heckled away by his brothers and sisters.  He seeks out to fend for himself.  Driven from one home to the next, he finally arrives at pond/lake where he admires the beauty of the swans . . . only then does he discover the truth about himself.

Jerry Pinkney's illustrations (c. 1999) startle with the beauty and splendor of the natural world.  Pinkney sparks sympathy and sensitivity through his strong yet graceful watercolors, which received the 2000 Caldecott Medal.  Three-time Caldecott award winning Pinkney proves himself a master at his craft, so don't miss out on this book.

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