A classic story by Hans Christian Andersen in its original text presented with modern illustrations.
The story of how a little bird endures the abuses and miseries as he was growing up not realizing he would mature into a beautiful swan. It's a great tale about personal transformation for the better.
The simplified telling here may be more palatable to younger readers, but it flattens the story, making what was poetic stiff and what was funny too protracted. But San Souci's illustrations rescue the edition, in the colors of a faded, favorite patchwork quiltmuted, with many patterns and quaint touches that contribute to a period setting. Certainly, there was never a more downtrodden, woebegone duckling, who later, unaware of his own new beauty, cannot raise his head in front of the swans; he's afraid that his own ugliness will so offend them that they'll want to kill him. Ages 47.