The Ugly Duckling

By Hans Christian Andersen; Stephen Mitchell (Retold by); Steve Johnson (Illustrator); Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763621599, 40pp.)

Publication Date: December 26, 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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One of Andersen’s best-loved tales in a glorious retelling with lush, atmospheric paintings and an engaging narration

Once upon a time, there was a maligned misfit who grew into the most glorious creature of them all. Never has such a fairy tale transformation touched more hearts than the one in "The Ugly Duckling," one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most familiar and cherished stories. Now, in the hands of esteemed translator Stephen Mitchell, an iconographic fable regains all the humor and pathos of its very first telling. And with their vivid, arresting collage illustrations, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher bring an oft-told tale to soaring new life.

About the Author

Stephen Mitchell is a renowned writer and translator whose award-winning books for young readers include THE WISHING BONE, THE NIGHTINGALE, and THE TINDERBOX.

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an award-winning illustration team who have worked together for more than twenty years, illustrating books by authors as diverse as John Scieszka, Garrison Keillor, Margaret Wise Brown, and Dr. Suess. Their unusual collaborative method allows both artists to conceive, draw, design, and paint. For THE UGLY DUCKLING, they’ve chosen a stunning collage style. They live in Minneapolis.

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