The Ugly Duckling by Frank Loesser
Published by Scholastic Australia
Frank Loesser, Natheniel Eckstrom and Justine Clarke’s version of The Ugly Duckling recognises the timeless appeal of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale about being different and needing to belong – and it has much to recommend it.
Frank Loesser’s simple rhyming text and use of repetition is ideal for preschoolers and kindergartners, who enjoy the opportunity to predict, join in and read along with their parent, grandparent or teacher. Nathaniel Eckstom’s images, a combination of digital, pencil and oil painting on canvas, cleverly focus attention on the emotions experienced by the duckling and the creatures it encounters along the way, making The Ugly Duckling the perfect vehicle for teaching about empathy. But wait there is more; the accompanying CD, featuring a performance by popular entertainer, Justine Clarke, and an instrumental backing track, offers the chance to engage youngsters in movement and music, as well.
The Ugly Duckling is age-appropriate and captivating, as worthy an addition to bookshelves today as the original was nearly two hundred years ago.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Frank Loesser
Illustrator: Nathaniel Eckstrom
Title: The Ugly Duckling by Frank Loesser
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: October 2014