Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ladybird Tuesday - The Ugly Duckling

As well as the books in the Ladybird reading scheme, I also have fond memories of the books in the Ladybird series that told familiar nursery rhymes and stories. The Ugly Duckling is part of the Well Loved Tales, Series 606D. It is one of the most recently published books in the series, published in 1979.


The language of the book is both interesting enough for an adult to read to a child over and over, yet simple enough for young readers to read to themselves. It's quite a long story, and a lot happens to the little ugly duckling before he becomes a swan.


The illustrations are as charming as ever, and often drawn from the duckling's own point of view as he looks up at the things around him. You can't help but feel sorry for the poor old ugly duckling after all that he goes through in the story, moving around from place to place and always being rejected.


Of course the story has a happy ending. I'm not too sure about the message behind the story though. While on the hand it teaches a message of looking beyond what you see on the outside, and not judging a book by its cover, the ugly duckling is only happy and accepted once he has turned into a beautiful swan. It's still a lovely story though, and one that I'll be sharing with my children.

I'm joining in again with Ladybird Tuesday at Being Mrs C, and you can find all my other Ladybird Tuesday posts here.

27 comments:

  1. OOh i had that when I was little- brings back memories! :)

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    1. Isn't it amazing how the Ladybird books are so engrained in childhood, that's what I love about them

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  2. Ooh you're making me want to go and rifle around in the charity shops for some of these bad boys :)

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    1. Good luck, they are there to be found but you do have to be lucky!

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  3. I loved the Ugly Duckling story as a child, I still do. It gives so much faith in life doesn't it?

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  4. We were reading a modern version of this tale only the other night at bedtime and you are right, I am not so sure about the message but it is a classic tale.

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    1. I didn't really think about it when I was little, but it is a bit of a mixed message in the story

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  5. I really ought to ask my dad t get mine and brother's collection down from his attic.All the ones in the charity shops are the modern versions so I avoid them.

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    1. It's difficult to find the older ones in charity shops, I hit it lucky a few months back and found a big stash, but they put the prices up on them so I had to be selective. I'm jealous of an attic collection!

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  6. We were watching a repeat of the Ugly Duckling ballet on CBeebies the other day, I must dig out my old copy of this book to show Roo and Tigger

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    1. I didn't watch the ballet on CBeebies, I should look out for it so that we can watch it after we read the book

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  7. I remember that book too - shows how good they are.

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  8. We still have some fantastic old Ladybird books here - including the Baby My First Words one which is so old and battered I am somewhat scared to open it now in case it falls apart...loveloy memories. xx

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    1. That's one of the oldest ones I think! Some of mine are pretty battered, they've been read so many times which is wonderful

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  9. I'm another one that remember those books - I've got the "there once was an ugly ducking" song in my head now - I think we may have had it on vinyl

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    1. Me too, when I was writing the post I had to Google it to find the lyrics and a version of the video!

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  10. Not only did I used to have that one but I still do and I read it to Ozzy! Great choice!

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    1. That's lovely, I share them with my little ones too, they are just the right length for young children and timeless

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  11. I really must join in this linky, I have loads of vintage Ladybird books.

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    1. Oh you should, unfortunately I'm nearing the end of my stash now so I'm not going to be able to go for many more weeks unless I go charity shop hunting!

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  12. What a sweet book - and one that I don't actually have in my collection. LMC and I watched the CBeebies adaptation of this (complete with Mr Bloom!) just last week and she really enjoyed it - so maybe I should make a real effort to track this book down. Many thanks again for joining in with this week's Ladybird Tuesday :-)

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  13. I hate the fact that I remember a lot of these!

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  14. Oh goodness, I remember this one from when I was little, it was one of my favourites too. Thanks for bringing back some great memories :) xx

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