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The Ugly Duckling, An Inspiring Tale For Adults Too

The ugly duckling story dates back to the 1880s, written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, a reputed author, famous for his poems and fairy tales.

This playwriter and novelist introduced the phrase, ‘ugly duckling’. In simple words, it means that no one should judge the skills or capabilities of others by their physical appearance. A person can look very simple and ordinary but can be groomed into a beautiful individual. A person may be very quiet but knowledgeable.

Summary Of The Ugly Duckling Story

A family of newborn ducklings are unwilling to accept one of their other siblings who looked bigger than them and was grey instead of yellow, like them. Hurt by the insulting remarks of everyone; the ugly duckling leaves home to find his place in the world. However, wherever he sets foot, he is insulted and rejected. Time passes, and he has grown into a beautiful white bird but is unaware of it. He comes across several beautiful swans who welcome him with open arms one fine day.

Moral Of The Story

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” – This phrase forms the essence of this beautiful short story. The moral of The Ugly Duckling story is to accept people for their qualities, their values, their friendship, and their humility. Do not judge others because of how they look. Appearances are misleading, and it is always better to accept a person for their many good qualities than accept them based on physical looks.


“But the Lord said unto Samuel look not on his countenance, or on the height of his statute; because I have refused him; for the Lord see not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).


Versatile Christian Blogger (Spiritual, Black History, Music, Nature, Miscellaneous). Wife of Minister F. D. Woods, mother of 3 young adults, grandmother of two granddaughters, one grandson. Lord willing, retiring on December 30, 2023, after 37 years on the job.

17 thoughts on “The Ugly Duckling, An Inspiring Tale For Adults Too

  1. Amen, my precious friend! What a beautiful reminder of true beauty! God sees the heart! And we should too! I’ve always tried to be this way~to not judge from the outside, but what is inside. I’m glad Jesus made me this way! Let’s keep spreading this word along with ALL his truths! Much love my friend! I need to read this to my grandkids next week.🙏🏻💛💛

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    1. Karla, how are you? I agree with your comments. There should be more love in the world to overshadow evil. There should be more embracing the inner qualities of others than outer appearances. Your grandchildren would enjoy it

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      1. Hi, Tangie! Overall, still hanging on although today has been tough. It seems the weather changes impact me. I’m sure you understand this! I’m looking forward to some family time before next treatment. I pray and think of you daily; hoping you’re feeling the best you can too. 💛

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      2. I understand the weather changes. I am happy to hear the excitement in your writing about spending time with family. I am okay, finally got my left-hand surgery date on April 4th. Previously twice on right hand and this would be the second one on the left hand. I will have 37 years with the US Federal Government in November and will submit my retirement paperwork, Lord willing. My body needs rest. Thinking and praying always for you.

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      3. Tangie, you’ve worked so many years my dear friend. I’m so proud of you and I’m going to our Father on your behalf for your retirement to go through! I’ll be your prayer warrior through your surgeries and the process of paperwork. I understand. Yes, you need rest, sister. Sending love, hugs, and prayers, always.

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  2. We often judge ourselves by what others say about us and miss the beauty and gifting God has placed within us. The Ugly Duckling story is a wonderful reminder, that God determines our value not our feelings!

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    1. Concur. In past times I allowed the opinions of others to define who I should be and missed the beauty God placed within me. It is a different now and I embrace God’s greatness and live to please Him. Thank you for commenting.

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  3. One of my favorite childhood stories. Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t read it to my kids yet. Will be picking it up at the library soon. Be blessed!

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