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Napoli, Donna Jo.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2006.
IL 3-6, RL 4.1
ISBN 0786837535
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Everyone is familiar with the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Ugly Duckling." In this retelling, the ugly duckling, named Ugly by his siblings, is nurtured by his mother who believes he is a genius, although his behavior is most un-ducklike.  After being ejected by the duck community, Ugly spends a year searching for friends as he grows into a swan.  Rich details of Tasmanian wildlife are combined with the eternal lessons of finding one's place in the world and learning to accept who you are.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:     Ducks -- Fiction.
                        Swans -- Fiction.

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