The Ugly Duckling is a classic Hans Christian Andersen tale which, in my memory at least, always brings to mind Danny Kaye’s performance of the song in the 1952 movie Hans Christian Andersen.

This gorgeously illustrated version will connect a new generation of young children to this story as they discover that the poor ‘ugly’ duckling does have somewhere to belong where he is appreciated for who he really is.

The Ugly Duckling includes a bonus music CD with two tracks, one with popular children’s entertainer and author Justine Clarke singing the story and a separate backing-only track. The book includes text by Frank Loesser and beautiful illustrations by Nathaniel Eckstrom.

The combination of Justine Clarke’s performance and the personality-filled instrumental backing really brings this story to life and makes it ideal for class activities for preschool and kindergarten students or simply a more interactive experience of the story at home.

Title: The Ugly Duckling
Author: Frank Loesser
Performed by: Justine Clarke
Illustrator: Nathaniel Eckstrom
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781742836447
For ages: 4-7
Type: Picture Book
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