The Ugly Duckling



A little duckling was very sad because he thought he was the ugliest amongst all his brothers and sisters. They would not play with him and teased the poor ugly duckling. One day, he saw his reflection in the water and cried, “Nobody likes me. I am so ugly.” He decided to leave home and went far away into the woods.

Deep in the forest, he saw a cottage in which there lived an old woman, her hen, and her cat. The duckling stayed with them for some time but he was unhappy there and soon left. When winter set in the poor duckling almost froze to death. A peasant took him home to his wife and children. The poor duckling was terrified of the children and escaped. The ugly duckling spent the winter in a marshy pond.

Finally, spring arrived. One day, the duckling saw a beautiful swan swimming in the pond and fell in love with her. But then he remembered how everyone made fun of him and he bent his head down in shame. When he saw his own reflection in the water he was astonished. He was not an ugly duckling anymore, but a handsome young swan! Now, he knew why he had looked so different from his brothers and sisters. “They were ducklings but I was a baby swan!” he said to himself.

He married the beautiful swan and lived happily ever after.

29 Responses to “The Ugly Duckling”

  1. This story is awesome!!

  2. a very cute story and great for fun

  3. me and my friend had to do a report on this story….Thanks for the help!!!!!:)

  4. Bilal Khurram on May 21st, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    nice story

  5. Siti Mardhiah El-khairah on May 23rd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    it's too short but amazing.

  6. Awesome story :D

  7. Shelly Shrivastava on June 14th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Excellent story!

  8. nice story and very interesting to read………………………
    awesome

  9. goo d

  10. Short n sweet…..

  11. but baby swans arent ugly

  12. I can't remember the story anymore.

  13. Zhandra Bin Galaura Farase on November 20th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    that is very amazing story :) :)

  14. Ericarose Cachapero on November 30th, 2013 at 2:19 am

    it"s so beautiful story

  15. The ugly duckling is actually very cute

  16. Made me cry. Beautiful story!!

  17. i love this story

  18. Ray-mond Tanedo on January 8th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    ok Thank U

  19. Ray-mond Tanedo on January 8th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    ok Thank U

  20. Ray-mond Tanedo on January 8th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Thank U for the Story

  21. Ray-mond Tanedo on January 8th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Thank U for the Story

  22. beautiful story

  23. romena geremias on February 16th, 2014 at 6:04 am

    the duckling was married to a swan

  24. even ugly he trusted himself he still would love to have him

    If an ugly creature, because over time they also tempt

  25. even ugly he trusted himself he still would love to have him

    If an ugly creature, because over time they also tempt

  26. MOSES AMPONSAH-BIO on March 29th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I like the stories it is brief and its also gives vivid description of the stories.

  27. My childhood story

  28. Matthew Garib on July 18th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    he wasnt ugly

  29. Turi

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