The Ugly Duckling by Riley Weber

The Ugly Duckling

By Riley Weber

  • Release Date: 2012-08-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
From 17 Ratings
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Featuring over 40 dazzling modern illustrations! 

An original illustration on every page, making it easy for children to understand, follow, and enjoy! 

Based on the classic story by Hans Christian Anderson. Adapted and illustrated by Riley Weber.  

Born into a place where he didn't quite belong, the ugly duckling tried to fit in. He swam with the other ducks but they made fun of him because he was big and ugly. After a time of being teased, bitten, and pushed by the other poultry, the ugly duckling decided to fly away. 

The ugly duckling flew and flew until he landed in an area that was inhabited by wild ducks. There, the ugly duckling got caught in a firestorm of bullets, as hunters began shooting the wild ducks as they flew up in the air. The scared little ugly duckling covered himself up with a wing when a large sporting dog approached. Even the sporting dog passed by the ugly duckling. 

The ugly duckling suffered many hardships including storms, a harsh winter, and just trying to survive. It wasn't until the following spring that the ugly duckling, while laying out in a meadow enjoying himself, saw a group of swans. He decided to fly with them. As he got near them, he lowered his head not knowing what the swans would do. It was then that he noticed his reflection in the water of a beautiful swan! He was no longer an ugly duckling! 

He now felt glad to have suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him. For the great swans swam round the new-comer, and stroked his neck with their beaks, as a welcome. 

Everyone was happy that the new swan had come. Little children threw bread and cake into the water for the swans to eat. The children thought the new swan was the most beautiful of all; he was so young and pretty. The swan didn't quite know what to do. He had been teased and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say that he was the most beautiful of all the birds. He rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, "I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling."


  • The Best Version

    By iLuvRoses
    This is the best version with the best illustrations of the Ugly Duckling that I've read before. The story is timeless.
  • Great book!!!

    By Hot-to-Trot!!
    Very nice book. Great illustrations and story. My kids love it!
  • Beautiful Story and Illustrations!

    By Fun and Cool!!!!
    This version of the ugly duckling is great. It's based on the classic by Hans Christian Anderson, and is simplified so younger children can better understand. The book is easy to read to my young children. They enjoy seeing the pictures as I read it to them. It is the best illustrated version of the Ugly Duckling that I've seen. Great book for the kids.
  • Liberal indoctrination!

    By Leaguebarclay
    Perhaps the worst pap ever shoveled down the throat of an unwitting and innocent audience. Stay away from this rendition, there are far better and wiser versions of this classic story. Yet another good childhood tale ruined by political correctness, overt liberal agendas, and unnecessarily adult topics shoehorned into an innocent children's story.
  • Ugly Duckling; Beautiful Swan

    By All for One, One for All.
    I love the story of the Ugly Duckling. This version makes it easy for my kids to enjoy. They love looking at all the drawings.
  • Great graphics and story!

    By PartyHardy2000
    My young children really enjoyed this book. They loved the pictures! This is the best version on 'The Ugly Duckling' that I've seen and read.