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The Ugly Duckling
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A homely little bird is hatched in a barnyard. He wants to make friends with the other birds, but they think him ugly so they physically and verbally abuse him. Even his mother thinks him an odd little creature. He is so unhappy, he runs away.
He finds a home with an old woman. Her cat and hen dislike him so he runs away again. He is frightened when hunters shoot the wild ducks. Winter comes. A kind farmer takes the duckling home, but his noisy children frighten the bird so he runs away again.
Spring arrives. The duckling has survived the winter with great hardship. He sees several beautiful swans on a pond. He swims toward them, hoping they will kill him. To his surprise, they welcome him; he has become one of them - a beautiful swan.
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