The Ugly Duckling (el patito feo)

The Ugly Duckling

Characters: Narrator, Mother Duck, 6 Brothers, Pig, Cow, Goat, Ugly Duckling, Birds, Geese, Old Woman, Hen, Farmer, Swans, Children


Narrator: Once upon a time on an old farm, there was a duck family, and Mother Duck had been sitting on a clutch of new eggs.

Mother Duck: It was about time that my eggs hatch! … 1,2,3,4,5,6 ducklings I have!

Narrator: But something was not right.

Mother Duck: Mmmm… that egg didn`t hatch, and it is bigger than the rest… I don`t remember laying that seventh egg…  I wonder how it got here… or did I count the eggs wrongly?

Narrator: But before she had time to think about it, the last egg finally hatched. A strange looking duckling with gray feathers not yellow looked at a worried mother. The ducklings grew quickly, but Mother Duck had a secret worry.

Mother Duck: I can’t understand how this ugly duckling can be one of mine!.

Narrator: The gray duckling certainly wasn’t pretty, and since he ate more than his brothers, he was bigger. As the days went by, the poor ugly duckling became more and more unhappy. His brothers didn’t want to play with him.

6 Brothers: Stay away from us!  We don´t want to play with you.  You are so ugly, you are not one of us!

Narrator: And all the animals in the farm laughed at him.

Pig, Cow, Goat: Ha, ha, ha.. you look so funny! Where did you come from?  Did you get lost?  Stay away from us, you don´t belong here.

Narrator: He felt sad and lonely, while Mother Duck did her best to console him.

Mother DucK: Poor little ugly duckling! Why are you so different from the others?

Narrator: And the ugly duckling felt worse than ever. He secretly cried at night. He felt nobody wanted him.

Ugly Duckling: Nobody loves me, they all tease me! Why am I different from my brothers?  sniff, sniff

Narrator: Then one day, at sunrise, he ran away from the farmyard. He stopped at a pond and began to question all the other birds.

Ugly DucKling: Do you know of any ducklings with gray feathers like mine?

Narrator: But everyone shook their heads.

Birds: We don’t know anyone as ugly as you.

Narrator: The ugly duckling did not give up, however, and kept on making questions. He went to another pond, where a pair of large geese gave him the same answer to his question.

Ugly DucKling: Do you know of any ducklings with gray feathers like mine?

Geese: We don’t know anyone as ugly as you. Don’t stay here! Go away! It’s dangerous. There are men with guns around here!

Narrator: The duckling was sorry he had ever left the farmyard. Then one day, his travels took him near an old countrywoman’s cottage. Thinking he was a stray goose, she caught him.

Old Woman: I’ll put this in a henhouse. I hope it’s a female and lays plenty of eggs!

Narrator: Said the old woman, whose eyesight was poor. But the ugly duckling laid not a single egg. The hen kept frightening him.

Hen: Just wait! If you don’t lay eggs, the old woman will kill you and pop you into the pot!

Narrator: And the cat said.

Cat: Hee! Hee! I hope the woman cooks you, then I can eat your bones!

Narrator: The poor ugly duckling was so scared that he lost his appetite, though the old woman kept stuffing him with food and grumbling:

Old Woman: If you won’t lay eggs, at least hurry up and  get fat!

Ugly Duckling: Oh, dear me! , I’ll die of fright first! And I hope someone love me!

Narrator: Then one night, he escaped. Once again he was all alone. He run as far away as he could.

Ugly Duckling: If nobody wants me, I’ll hid here forever.

Narrator: There was a lot of food, and the duckling began to feel a little happier, though he was lonely. One day at sunrise, he saw a flight of beautiful birds. White, with long necks, yellow beaks and large wings, they were migrating south.

Ugly Duckling: If only I could look like them, just for a day!

Narrator: Winter came and the water froze. The poor duckling left home to seek food in the snow. He dropped exhausted to the ground, but a farmer found him and put him in his big jacket pocket.

Farmer: I’ll take him home to my children. They’ll look after him. Poor thing, he’s frozen!

Narrator: The duckling was showered with kindly care at the farmer’s house. In this way, the ugly duckling was able to survive the cold winter.  However, by springtime, he had grown so big that the farmer decided:

Farmer: I’ll set him free by the pond!

Narrator: That was when the duckling saw himself mirrored in the water.

Ugly Duckling: Goodness! How I’ve changed! I hardly recognize myself!

Narrator: The flight of swans came on to the pond. When the duckling saw them, he realized he was one of their kind, and soon made friends.

Swans: We’re swans like you! . Where have you been hiding?

Ugly Duckling: It’s a long story.

Narrator: Now, he swam majestically with his fellow swans. One day, he heard children on the river bank exclaim:

Children: Look at that young swan! He’s the most beautiful of them all!

Narrator: And he almost burst with happiness.


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