One glorious spring morning, a mother duck watches her ducklings hatch. Each one is small and pretty, exactly what a duckling should be - except for one very large and very ugly duckling. The other animals cast him out of the farmyard and the ugly duckling sets off on a lonely, hard journey to find somewhere he will fit in. When he's about to give up, he makes a surprising discovery and realizes that being different isn't such a bad thing after all!
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is a world-famous author of classic folk stories and fairy tales, including The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and The Snow Queen (9781406306347). Stephen Mitchell is a renowned, award-winning author, translator and anthologist. He has retold several classic fairy tales including The Nightingale, The Tinderbox (9780744586954) and Iron Hans (9780763621605). He lives in Brooklyn, USA. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on more than 35 bestselling books for children including My Many Coloured Days by Dr Seuss. They live in California.