THE UGLY DUCKLING
Short Story written by: Ana Maria Amarfil.
Once upon a time, there was a mother duck that laid ten eggs, but one of the eggs was different. It was big and spotted, not like the others which were small and white.
One by one all the eggs hatched. The big egg was the last one to open, and when it did, a curious baby duck appeared. He was grey and much bigger than his brothers and sisters.
The rest of the ducks always made fun of him, even his brothers and sisters. He looked different and the poor duck thought that he must be the ugliest of them all.
One day, he decided to leave home and went far away into the woods. Mother duck was really sad because, even if he was different, she loved him and knew how sad the ugly duckling was.
The ugly duckling walked and walked, and found many animals on his way, but none of them accepted him, until one day he found a river, with many big, beautiful birds swimming there.
Their feathers were so white, their necks so long and their wings so pretty. The little duckling looked at them. He wanted to be like them. So he ran into the river to join them. When he did so, he looked at his reflection in the water and saw a beautiful swan. He was not an ugly duckling anymore, he was a beautiful white swan!
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