The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur (A Prehistoric Tale) , by Cheryl Bardoe and illustrated by Doug Kennedy, presents a quirky twist on the Ugly Duckling story and is perfect for kids who love dinosaurs, like my daughter.
Mama Duck awaits the hatching of her eggs anxiously, only to be surprised by not just ducklings but a baby T-Rex. The ducklings all tease him for being ugly, and having scales and teeth rather than feathers and a bill. The little T-Rex feels like an outcast, and leaves his duck family. As he travels, everyone runs away from him, bringing his spirits even further down. Finally, he comes across a family of T-Rexes like himself and is invited to the fold with open arms.
Although the storyline is a little different to accommodate a dinosaur rather than a swan, the lessons of self acceptance and not being judgmental are still there. It’s a fun story for children with interesting illustrations.
The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur is published by Abrams Books, and is available at most major booksellers.
Disclosure: Press copy provided for purpose of review. All opinions presented here are my own.