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review 2017-04-05 15:34
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney,Hans Christian Andersen

This book would inspire my students to wish and dream to be anything they want to be when they grow up. The ugly duckling went through moments of his life and felt unwanted and some of my students will feel this way. I think reading this book would give them the confidence they need to persevere through any hard time in their life. I would read the book to them and show them how to make a comic strip that we will use to track the ducklings progress. With each transformation, we will draw the ducklings situation until it reaches a swan in which he finally felt accepted by others. I think this book is directed towards 2nd grade and up because of the acceptance factor. The students in these ages and grades are trying to find themselves and where they belong in this world. I think this book would help with their self journey. The Lexile Level is 40L.

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review 2017-04-02 22:03
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney,Hans Christian Andersen

The Ugly Duckling has been around for over a hundred years and has many different versions. It is a person favorite with mine and this version stays true in the timeless tale of a very awkward duckling that does not fit in with his brothers and sisters. This little bird is made fun of and has to struggle through life without a great support system to back him up. However, through the endless tormenting of his fellow ducklings, the hunters, and cruel seasons he survives. Not only does he survive but he grows up to become a graceful swan. This story in the end has a happy ending but it is the journey to get there that brings the story to life and reminds the reader that life is not always easy. Sometimes we will have to struggle and work hard for what we want. In the classroom I would use this story to focus on sequencing and working with the students to focus what happens in the story and when does it happen. This could easily be done by having the students cut out pictures or drawing pictures that represent what happens in the story in the correct order it happens.

Reading Level: Kindergarten to 3rd grade

LEX AD 650L

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review 2017-01-20 19:11
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney,Hans Christian Andersen

This story is probably considered to be well known throughout society. It is about a duckling who is born not quite as beautiful as the rest. The duckling gets treated as though he does mean as much to the world as the others due to his image. Later in the book, the duckling grows up to be the most beautiful duck. This book would probably have the best results if used in 1st-3rd grade. I believe the older students might have more of an opinion on the book than the younger ones. The book could open a lesson for students to not judge their peers by their looks. Though this book will probably take students in the direction of their peers who are not well off, it could also go the other way. Students should also not judge the ones who seem as though they come from wealth. Every student has a story; it is our job as teachers to make sure all students are treated as equals. 

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text 2016-11-27 15:09
The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season -- Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express, Part 2: Hans Christian Andersen, "The Snow Queen"
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen,T. Pym

 

- Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy).

 

 

Alas, I didn't have a child handy, and Holly was singularly unimpressed, so I just settled down on my couch and read Andersen's fairy tale of love conquering eternal ice all by myself!

 

The story also makes for very atmospheric visuals, of course ...

 

Russian / U.S. animated adaptation (1959 / redub 1998):

 

 

German TV (2014):

 

 

(Note: The videos won't display in BookLikes dashboard mode, only in blog mode -- from the dashboard version of this post, follow the videos' hyperlinked headers to watch the videos on YouTube.)

 

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review 2016-11-11 21:26
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney,Hans Christian Andersen

The Ugly Duckling is mainly about a duck that is left out because of his looks, but ends up being the most beautiful duck of all. I would use this book in a K-2nd grade classroom to teach children about diversity. Through the story the students can learn how important it is to not judge others just because they look different than you. This story would also be good to incorporate why it is so important to not be a bully. After reading the story students will be less likely to judge a book by its cover.

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