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The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson

A mother duck hatched a batch of ducklings but one of the ducklings was different from the others and he was teased for his appearance he eventually left the barnyard miserable from the unkindness and scorn of the others. He was taken in by an old lady but her cat was equally cruel about his appearance so he ran away and spent a cold, lonely and miserable winter hiding in a cave by a lake. Eventually spring arrived and a beautiful flock of swans came to the lake- he decided to approach them even if they killed him for his ugliness as they were so beautiful he swims towards them expecting the worst but then sees his reflection in the water and guess what? Read and find out.