Read paragraphs 1 and 2.“However, there was a large egg still in the nest.”
“Two days later, the big egg started to crack and out came a baby boy.”
Read paragraph 2.“He was brownish grey, large and odd-looking, with a long beak, scruffy feathers and an ugly face!”
Read paragraph 4.“There were other ducks nearby and they stared at the ugly duckling and jested, ‘What is this? Have you ever seen such an ugly duck? I wonder what he is!’ They burst into laughter. A duck swam by and pecked at the ugly duckling.”
Read paragraph 4.“His mother made him stay away from the others. The ugly duckling knew his mother was embarrassed.”
Read paragraph 2.“Two days later, the big egg started to crack and out came a baby boy. He was brownish grey, large and odd-looking, with a long beak, scruffy feathers and an ugly face! … Though the duckling looked different, the mother duck would love him the same.”
Read paragraph 7.“The hunter fired a shot, which did not hit any of the geese but they flew off in fear. The ugly duckling was both sad and frightened.”
Read the sentences carefully to understand their meanings.
What/Who did the ugly duckling see after he left his mother? (Paragraph 4)
Why did the ugly duckling leave them? (Paragraph 7)
What/Who did the ugly duckling see afterwards? (Paragraph 8)
What/Who did the ugly duckling see when spring came? (Paragraph 9)
Read paragraphs 9 and 10.“At that moment, a swan glided gracefully through the water towards the ugly duckling. ‘My, my! How handsome you are! I’ve never seen such white feathers! How they dazzle under the sun!’ ”
“The ugly duckling was confused. He went to the water and looked at his reflection, which was a very beautiful white swan, with a long and elegant neck!”
The Ugly Duckling
Extension: Time to think!
10. What is the moral lesson of the story?
11. When the ugly duckling was still young, other ducks were not nice to him. What would you say to these ducks? Think and share with your parents or classmates.