Of five eggs, one is the largest and last to hatch. Bigger and paler than the others, he is treated as an outsider by Mother Duck and her ducklings. Knowing only rejection, the Ugly Duckling goes out into the wild alone. He ultimately prevails over adversity, and is recognized for his uniqueness. Also: A modern-day retelling of The Tortoise and the Hare, where the clearly faster hare is so distracted with modern-day activities such as texting, video games and the paparazzi that he loses the race to the slower, but disciplined tortoise.

Grades K-4

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Values-Based, Family & Relationships

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