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The Ugly Duckling

© Written by Tasha Guenther and illustrated by Leanne Guenther
Fairy tale based on the original tale by

There was once a mother duck.  This mother duck had no children yet for none of her eggs had hatched.
She waited patiently day and night for her babies to hatch.  One day, as she was sitting on her nest of eggs the mother duck felt something move beneath her.

CRACK!!  CRACK!!  CRACK!!  CRACK!!

Ugly Duckling egg in a nestFilled with happiness, the mother duck watched as, one by one, her eggs hatched.  She was so excited to lead her children to the pond and teach them all the ways of being a duck.  Unfortunately for the mother duck, one egg was left to hatch.  This egg was larger than the rest.  This egg was browner than the rest.  Her little ducks impatiently waited for two more days and nights.

“I want to go to the pond, Mother,” one baby duck quacked.

“Let’s go!  Let’s go!” two more quacked excitedly.

But the mother duck made them all wait, for she promised herself that she would love all her children the same.


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