Title: The Ugly Duckling
Author: Kristine Arenas
Characters: Mother Duck, 4 Ducklings, Ugly duckling, Farmers, Hunters Setting: Countryside
The Ugly Duckling
Once upon a time, there lived a duck that grew up in the countryside. The duckhad been sitting on her nest watching for her eggs to hatch. From each egg came a cuteduckling that lifted its head and cried. Four ducklings had come out from their shell but therewas still one that would not break. The mother was tired sitting on the eggs, but she seatedagain on the nest. One morning the large egg finally broke. She was Shocked. The mothersheart melted. She spread her swings and embraced her little one. The Ugly duckling became thecenter of jokes of the flock. Mother would fight other ducks because of him. The suddest partof it was that even his brothers would tease him. One day Ugly Duckling made a bold decision.A good farmer took pity of Ugly Duckling. The farmers wife kept him warm and feed him. Andhe heard the woman said, If he is fat enough, I will cook him. Ugly Duckling decidedto flee. Ugly Duckling came to a place where he thought he would be alone only to find out that wild geesewere all ove the place.For the nest few week, he lived in peace .. One morning, he was awakened by the sound of hunters in the area. He fled away as fast as he could. Time passed by a lot of times the thoughtof his mother would creep into his mind. He also yearned for his brothers even if they had donehim wrong in the past. The young bird felt that his wing had been stronger. Now, he could flyhigher and longer. He saw four beautiful swans swimming in the water. He had beenmaltreated and had been discriminated because he was ugly. Mother Duck could not speak awork when a beautiful swan appeared before her. She would always remember the ducklingmother. She cakled with joy as she embraced him.
Character is better than one's physical appearance.