Children's stories are ideal for entertaining children, and they also learn values in them. But we can also teach languages thanks to the stories in English. We can share with the children this original story, 'The Ugly Duckling', which teaches children not to judge appearances and to respect ot
Children's stories are ideal for entertaining children, and they also learn values in them. But we can also teach languages thanks to the stories in English.
We can share with the children this original story, 'The Ugly Duckling', which teaches children not to judge appearances and to respect others. You are encouraged to share this story in English with your children.
The Ugly Duckling. Traditional children's story in English
Once upon a time down on an old farm, lived a duck family, and Mother Duck had been sitting on a clutch of new eggs. One nice morning, the eggs hatched and out popped six chirpy ducklings.
But one egg was bigger than the rest, and it did not hatch. Before she had time to think about it, the last egg hatched.
A strange looking duckling with gray feathers that should have been yellow gazed at a worried mother. The ducklings grew quickly, but Mother Duck had a secret worry.
- "I can not understand how this ugly duckling can be one of mine!" she said to herself
Well, the gray duckling was certainly not pretty. As the days went by, the poor ugly duckling became more and more unhappy because his brothers did not want to play with him.
I have felt sad and lonely. I have secretly wept at night. I felt nobody wanted him.
- "Nobody loves me, they all tease me! Why am I different from my brothers?"
Then one day, at sunrise, I have ran away from the farmyard. I stopped at a pond and began to question all the other birds.
- "Do you know of any ducklings with gray feathers like mine?"
But everyone shook their heads in scorn.
- "We do not know anyone as ugly as you."
The ugly duckling did not lose heart, however, and kept on making inquiries.
I have fled as far as I could, and at dawn, I found himself in a thick bed of reeds.
- "If nobody wants me, I'll hid here forever."
There was plenty of food, and the duckling began to feel a little happier, though he was lonely.
One day at sunrise, he saw a group of beautiful birds. White, with long slender necks, yellow beaks and large wings.
- "If only I could look like them, just for a day!" said the duckling, admiringly.
Finally I got the courage to fly to the pond, where the beautiful birds were swimming. That was when the duckling saw himself mirrored in the water.
- "Goodness! How I've changed! I hardly recognize myself!" The When the beautilf birds saw him, they realized he was one of their kind, and soon made friends.
- "We're swans like you!" they said, warmly.
- "Where have you been hiding?"
- "It's a long story," replied the young swan, still astounded.
Now, I have swam majestically with his fellow swans.
One day, I heard children on the river bank exclaim: "Look at that young swan! He's the finest of them all!" And he almost burst with happiness.